Something happened to me at work recently that I’ve never run across before, and I’m eager to get the opinions of others. I received an email from a co-worker, copied to every woman at our office (of about 25 people total). The email informed us that she had booked a “catalog party” from a multi-level marketing company (this particular one hawked all-natural food products). She attached a PDF of the catalog and told us that there would be a hard copy near the coffee machine, and also gave us a deadline as to when this “party” would close.
I’m not sure how I feel about this (I didn’t order, because I wasn’t interested). Traditionally, these have been real parties, held at a restaurant or someone’s home, with food and drinks and a chance to talk to the other partygoers, and this struck me a bit like those “virtual wedding/baby showers” or “mail showers,” where the “host” seeks to reap the rewards without extending any hospitality. At the same time, I’ve often heard these MLM parties decried as a gross distortion of hospitality for the profit of the hostess and consultant, so is my co-worker to be commended for keeping the transaction strictly business?
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Why is your co-worker allowed to promote her business while on the work clock of another employer? The only “strictly business” she should be engaging in is the business of doing her job and not distracting her fellow employers with her sideline business.
And you hit it on the nail, this is simply a means of reaping financial benefits without offering a smidgeon of hospitality.