This week I have to go away for work. I generally try to avoid work trips – mostly because you have no freedom to enjoy the place so I really don’t consider it travel.
But everyone is required for two days of team building. Sigh. I’m not all that into this stuff. My team actually works together pretty well, nearly all the time.
However, I don’t need to go away with them for two days to learn that I have nothing in common with them outside of work. I already know that. When we’re waiting for others to show up for meetings we all talk. And I’ve learned in the 6 months I’ve been in this team that I have nothing personally in common with them.
And that’s fine by me. We can work well & have our own lives. But no. No, this is a big company & big companies always seem to want staff to be friends outside of work.
Is it really so wrong that I’m happy with the friends I’ve got, I’m happy with the working relationships I have with my colleagues & have no desire to change any of that?
By telling us we have to go on a team building retreat it feels like I’m being told that it is wrong that I’m happy with things the way they are. Which actually makes me like my team less. Hmm. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I know I’m not interested in a corporate career. I just happen to have one.
My other problem with this is the attitude towards alcohol. Mainly that all most people want to do is sit at our destination & drink. They even want to drink in the bus on the way there (it was said as a joke, but was a bit too serious). I’m all for drinks, don’t get me wrong. But drinks are not the activity. Drinks go along with an activity. At least to me.
The good part? The place we’re going should be absolutely beautiful, if a tad freezing. So now I’m just picking which camera to take with me