Steve: I am so tired of the city life.
Mike: Do you mean all the long hours at work as well as the noise and bustle of the big smoke?
Steve: Got it in one my friend.
Mike: How about we suggest that we all go away for a company outing to somewhere rural?
Steve: That sounds like an interesting idea. Where could we go?
Mike: Well we live in this huge city, so how about we go somewhere that is the complete opposite?
Steve: Do you mean somewhere in the countryside?
Mike: Yep - let's find a small village and spend the weekend away.
Steve: Cool! And it will be even better if we can convince the taskmaster to pay the bill!
1) Bustle: moving quickly
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the city just gets me down, so I escape to somewhere slower and quieter.
2) Outing: a trip away
One of the best ways to refresh yourself is to have an outing somewhere completely different.
3) Rural: the opposite of urban, the countryside
The majority of Chinese people live in rural areas and not in big cities.
4) Taskmaster: your boss, the person who tell you what to do
I can't go out for a beer tonight because my taskmaster wants me to finish an important report.
It's funny really - you spend more time with the people you work with than you do with your family and friends, but who can say that they really know the people they work with well?
The reality is that you usually only get to see one side of a person at work. The need for people to act professionally at work and the management structures means that you don't always get to see the true personality of your colleagues and bosses.
A great way to fix this and really learn about the people you work with is to have an outing. A successful outing should be away from the office and in an environment that is different from the usual office scene.
To ensure that everyone has a good time, here are some simple points to follow:
There should be no hierarchy for the whole trip. In simple terms this means that everyone is equal for the time of the trip. The boss is equal to the staff for a few days! This will help everyone to relax and show their true personalities.
You should remember that different people like to do different things and try to organize activities that cater to everyone. For example, some people might like to get up early and watch the sun rise but others want to sleep.
Make sure that meal times are when the group is all together. Having breakfast, lunch and dinner together can be a great way to help develop your team into a really close group.
The most important thing to make the weekend away is to ensure that you create a different atmosphere from the office. Make a rule that no one should take their mobile phones, laptops or any work with them. It would also help to ask people to talk about subjects other than work and to hang out with people that they don't usually get close to in the office.
Remember - the idea is to have fun and get to know your colleagues better!
Beth: How did you enjoy the weekend in the countryside Sally?
Sally: I had a great time. The fresh air, the peace and quiet and I got to know many new people.
Beth: Why do you say that the people you work with are 'new' people?
Sally: Because at work I only saw their professional
business image. On the outing I saw their fun side.
Beth: Do you think that the weekend away made the team more productive?
Sally: I really did think so. I got to know everyone so much better so that our communication will be smoother.
Beth: I hope that I can go in the next outing!
Sally: Hmmm - I'm not sure that I really want to see your fun side Beth!