Bonding experience backfires.


I have always been a little jealous of my sister and her job.

She is one of those corporate types that travels the world on a quarterly basis and I love hearing about her trips.

I had to laugh when she called the other day and she was upset over her latest adventure. Apparently, her management team decided that they should all travel to the mountains for a corporate “bonding” experience. This trip involved working with high elements, rock climbing, and backpacking overnight through the woods. None of this seemed up my sister’s alley and I couldn’t imagine her in that environment. Her idea of roughing it was a hotel room without room service. She said that most of trip was at least tolerable and she did make some new friends, but, there was none of the creature comforts that she was used to. She said that they didn’t even have electricity in the so called cabins and she had to drink coffee that was boiled over a fire. She said that her roommates and she did anything but bond as they argued over who had to get up and put wood on the fire so that they wouldn’t be cold at night and when my sister wanted to open the windows for fresh air during the day, one of the others said that it bothered her allergies. This trip had the exact opposite effect that upper management had intended. The lack of an HVAC system, bugs, sore muscles, and lack of sleep, only wanted to make everyone get as far away from each other as possible. My sister was never so happy to get home to her comfortable bed and HVAC system.


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