Thursday, May 31, 2007

Why have fun at work?

I was asked to be on an internal health and wellness committee at work. The goal being to put some effort into encouraing health efforts, seeing as how we are a health company and all. I think I was asked partially because I've talked to a bunch of people about organizing a group for the Manchester marathon/half marathon in November.

I ran the idea by my boss, and he essentially said no, citing that I already have a lot going on (true) and there are some big things coming down the pike (also true). I indicated that the time committment is small, and that I would make the time to participate because it would be (imagine this:) fun and team building, and he still is hesitating.

I find irony in this.


mindy said...

You know, I was asked to be on that same committee and turned it down. It sounds like a great idea, but once sucked in, its another corporate clusteryouknowwhat... Maybe your boss is onto something :)

Mr. Satan A. Chilles said...

It's a tough one. On the one hand, team building can be fine, but some companies drop the effort once they realize they can't measure the results so easily, in other words, translate the results into measurable profitability.

Then again, having a 'team-in-training' sounds really nice and would bring people together. I'd revisit it one more time, and if it doesn't fly, it wasn't your fault. You may have too much on your plate, but that doesn't mean you can't order dessert. Sorry for the fortune cookie philosophy, but you get the idea...