Dear Evil Skippy:
I am the head of the planning committee for our company’s annual summer employee party. In past years, the company has done overnight stays at local resorts (as opposed to one big party) so I thought this year we could do an overnight camping trip at a local state park. My committee shot it down but said they would reconsider if you (and only you) endorsed it. Please do me a huge favor and tell me it is an idea worth considering.
— Sue (Not My Real Name)
Dear Whoever You Are:
Please do me a huge favor and send cash next time you want something from me.
In the meantime, go see a therapist because you’re messed up. Camping is designed to break up couples, not work groups. If you want to break up the work group, organize a team-building retreat instead and maybe do some trust exercises.
— Evil Skippy
I have to agree 100% with ES on this one. Send cash if you want something.
Also, do you really want to see your boss stagger out of his or her tent first thing in the morning looking for coffee? Do you really want to hear that one co-worker snore so loud that bears come to check out their new leader? Do you really want to go to “bed” at night knowing that when you wake up, all your co-workers will STILL BE THERE. (Well, maybe they won’t be if the bear thing works out).
Readers – I am so curious. Would you want to go camping with co-workers?
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