I had to laugh when my friend Anne Thornley-Brown used this image in one of her articles about bad teambuilding. So, I took the picture and added a little commentary.
The question is simple. We have a company spending money (and often a LOT of money) and putting their people somewhat at risk of injury (and one wonders what kind of legal agreement they have to sign to participate) and then doing things that seem to have NO link to anything that actually happens in a workplace. And somebody calls this "A Team Building Event."
Does ANYTHING change as a result of this day spent running around? Can all of the people in the organization participate equally and contribute to the overall desired outcome? Or, is this only for the physically fit? (Does blindfolding a blind person really work?)
What I hope to do within this website and blog is slightly alter how so many of these activities are viewed. FUN? Why not. But then don't call it team building because the expectation of senior management will be that something should change as a result of the effort.
I remember a client talking about their firewalk and how memorable it was -- but when I asked this senior HR manager about the ROI from that big expense, he just looked at me blankly.
Let's go Go-Kart Racing! That would be fun and I would love for someone else to pay for that. Can I get a hot dog, too?