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4 Awful Company Retreat Ideas
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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané,
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9/25/2014 | 6:25:46 AM
Tortured by your company?

Poor you. :( All those company retreats sound like torture to me. I am pretty sure I would have preferred to fall sick and spend a weekend in bed with a box of paper tissues by my side rather than wasting my time in such a pitiful way. 

After reading the nightmarish "great" ideas that some companies seem to have, I could't help but wonder if there is actually someone coming up with good/useful ideas for such company retreats. Do you know? :/ I am tempting to investigate a little. :D 

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9/23/2014 | 2:05:27 PM
Another bad call
Don't take people on retreat to a beautiful place in the mountains or at the seashore and then lock them in a conference room until just before the group dinner. I was at a retreat where our leader built a lot of goodwill by sending us all outside early to enjoy the sunset in a beuatiful setting.
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9/23/2014 | 12:00:54 PM
Re: Silly games
Great list, Ellis. Having enjoyed a couple of pretty amazing retreats fueled by the dot-com bubble, I'm going to vote in favor of companies continuing to go a bit overboard on retreats in the fat years and downsizing in the lean times. Businesses are cyclical, so be the retreat!
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/23/2014 | 9:54:51 AM
Silly games
These are funny and accurate observations about company retreats. Those silly trust games, well-intentioned as they are, are always awkward and quickly forgotten.

Retreats/holiday parties are also indicators of how the company's doing. If one year the retreat is at a country club and the next year it's in someone's backyard, it might be time to worry.

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