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My employer is trying to force me to participate in group activities.

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My employer is trying to force me to participate in group activities. The group is anyone from any department. If it was just my work team I would not have a problem. They are offering occupational health appointment so they can help me participate as I have refused. I do not want help I avoid these situations privately I do not need these activities to do my job. My direct manager is very happy with my work. Can they force me?
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there for?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
8 years
Does your contract say you could be asked to do this? Does everyone else participate?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My contract does not state I may be asked to do this. But yes most people as far as I am aware participate. I know my colleague will not but he has not yet refused
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Generally you would only be expected to do whatever is in your contract or any other applicable workplace policies. It may also include any other activities which have been accepted over time and are generally known to be undertaken by the employees. It is also accepted that you could be asked to undertake any activities which amount to a reasonable request. In this case you are asked to participate in group activities which are not part of your contract, or other policies and are not necessary to fulfil your duties. So whether it is a reasonable request when it has no benefit to your duties at work may be questionable. So if you refuse to participate in these activities, which you would be entitled to, all the employer could do is consider disciplining you but in the circumstances this may be unfair and you could appeal it if necessary. If you keep being pushed into this then you could also make our own complaint by raising a formal grievance.
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