There was much hoopla about this year’s teambuilding activity because for the first time, an outside facilitator was asked to come in. As expected there were some resistance from the staff, partly because, there was no leveling off as to the planned activities versus the expectations of the people. We have been used to teams, themes, cheers, physical and mental games, and the like, which basically creates clean fun and harmless competition. This time, however, we were subjected to lectures and group activities that needed artwork, storytelling, etc., in short, the teambuilding became some sort of values formation class. Some appreciated the change, some just got bored out of their wits. I personally wanted to give the whole a chance before I say foul, but to be honest, I felt my head dropping to my chest a couple of times during the two days. It would have been a different matter if the activity was called a values formation seminar (or something to that effect).
Nonetheless, despite a very competent and more than able facilitator, I felt that, on the whole, the objective of bringing people closer together (teambuilding remember?), was not achieved.
The food was another matter. My God, if I would have to describe the word hideous, this would be it. I mean, I’m sorry, I don’t get to eat gourmet food all the time, I’m used to eating lutong bahay, but for a high-class resort such as Canyon Woods, the money spent was not worth it. At all. They couldn’t even get their utensils right. During the four meals served, we were consistently given soup spoons. We so felt like we were being served hospital food (read: sodium-free).
Oh well, I hope we do better next time. People have said their piece that there ought to be something done about this. There should be a middle ground to instilling values in the workplace and having fun. Forcing cooperation and camaraderie ain’t gonna cut it. Much like old people getting mad at younger ones because they do not accord them respect even if they don’t deserve it.
The classroom setting
The only outdoor activity
The only tradition left: Baptism of Fire