Last week’s post about team-building exercises produced some hilarious and horrifying stories. I’ve featured the 10 most horrifying over at the Intuit QuickBase blog today — including “the temple of the dolphin,” bathroom deprivation, having to take a bath with your managers (!), and other terrifying tales.
I also talk about some ways that you can avoid holding a team-building event that people will dread:
* Don’t choose activities that might violate people’s dignity, privacy, or personal space. Something you might enjoy with close friends isn’t always appropriate for the workplace.
* Realize that what’s fun for some people is often miserable for others. This especially includes athletic activities and public performances.
* Ask yourself whether the activity really relates to the work people are there to do.
* If the team-building is meant to fix a communication or morale problem, it’s probably not the right solution. Those issues require management to step in and take action.
You can read the whole column here.