A Super Bowl Story, Not about Taylor Swift but Managers and Employees

Ellen Beth Gill
5 min readFeb 12, 2024

This story is true. It happened several years ago. I’m still mad, mostly at myself.

Several months after taking a new job, just a few weeks prior to the game, I learned that my immediate supervisor threw an annual Super Bowl Party. Attendance was mandatory. Showing up to say hi and leaving early was not an option. My manager was big on making department employees attend events and stay to the bitter end.

I’m not a football fan. It’s my least favorite sport, and I don’t like team sports…