Today, to take the edge of work, I am planning an excursion. Not an exciting trip out of town or anything, a work team building excursion. To the local amusement park.
Well in a way I guess. I should add that I was asked to do this, to make myself feel more like a part of a team, more involved. I guess they think that if I'm the one to plan it, there will be fewer 'negative' (hilarious) comments about it? They wouldn't be completely right. I still plan to make some comments, its my nature.
But I digress.
The point is, I'm to choose a Friday at the end of the summer (when I say choose, I mean ask everyone and democratically elect a day) to organize the team to go. And whether we want to work overtime all week to go for the whole day, or work the morning and go in the afternoon.
People are choosing the wrong dates! I want them to choose September 4th and everyone is willfully choosing August 28th. AND for some reason they also all want to work overtime the week leading up to the big day. Why in the name of all that is holy do you want to work overtime to get to spend more time with the trolls we call co-workers?!
Was that too harsh?
Here's what I would do if I were in charge. We would all work a normal week. And on the Friday we would get to go home early with a little cash in our pockets (the price of admission) to buy ourselves something pretty. Alternatively price of admission could be used to buy an extra hour of leisure.
Team building at this point seems pointless. We are already a fractured mess and spending one day in unity getting sunburnt, gorging ourselves on amusement park fare and riding roller coasters til we puke probably isn't going to change that. Because come the Monday following, we will all be segregated in our boxes, barred from conversation.
Why can't we all just go our separate ways?