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Team Outings: Fun or Obligatory? Any Crazy Team Outing Stories you want to share?

My first team outing is coming up since Covid started and I can't wait. I think they are a ton of fun and a great way to learn more about my team outside of work. I think this first one since WFH will be extra special since I haven't seen some of my teammates in over a year.

Some people on my team are complaining to me about the outing. They view it as more of a burden than a team building event. I don't agree with their opinion, but I can see why they might find team outings cumbersome.


What are your thoughts on team outings? Are they an effective way to build moral and unity among your team?


Any crazy stories about one of your team outings where things got too wild? Teammates hooking up? Maybe someone got fired the next day? :)

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BigMeech
WR Officer
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Coors Light Advocate
Option #1:
Party bus to wine tasting, group got too drunk so we got kicked out of the second stop early. Took the party bus to a gas station and grabbed some cases and proceeded to drive around blasting early 2000's bangers. One of the co-workers got too drunk and pissed in a bottle on the bus in full view of everyone.Β 

Option#2
Former CRO was a big deep sea fisherman. For a team event we rented a big boat and went salmon fishing. Started at 5am with $1K of booze and about $45 of food lol. A few hours in and total chaos - CRO is puking off the front of the boat, people in the back are blacked out and wrestling, and the guides are making the new hires eat salmon hearts any time we catch one.Β 
funcoupons
WR Officer
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Kahluapons
These both sound like great times.
NIGHTMAN
Good Citizen
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Account Executive
HAHA!Β  @BigMeech, I hope in Option 1, the co-worker who pissed in a bottle was a woman!Β  The ratio between money spent on booze and money spent on food in Option 2 is spot on!

Riss
Opinionated
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I don’t even know anymore πŸ€ͺ
It all depends on the people and culture! My last company a lot of people felt that way, and I think it was a bigger indicator that there were serious problems with our culture that nobody was super comfortable at these outings.Β 

One of the best team outings I did as an intern, we went tubing down the Potomac river. It was a genuine blast with fun people and nothing crazy happening!Β  We had drinks, but no one got crazy, it was so relaxing and great to meet everyone outside the workspace.

At the last company, I've had plenty of get-wasted at the bar, rooftop, or club, team outings that ended and included hooking up, crying, all nighters, dancing, other shenanigans that did indeed get some people fired the next day, but the culture was so toxic and it was so unregulated with some distasteful characters, I wouldn't trade it for that peaceful river float!Β 

Now my new company...I'd 100% do it again...with my direct team ;) Company wide...I may stay for a bit and head out after an hour.Β 
NIGHTMAN
Good Citizen
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Account Executive
Nothing wrong with a lazy river.Β  Hopefully, you caught a few rapids.
Artemis
Politicker
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Business Development Representative
I love team outings! They typically include drinks on the company sooo what's the hang up?

NIGHTMAN
Good Citizen
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Account Executive
Totally agree.Β  Quality time with teammates and free booze!
JuicyKlay
Politicker
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AM
Renting out the ice bar in Orlando was a killer good time!
NIGHTMAN
Good Citizen
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Account Executive
Sick!Β  That had to be fun!
TheFemaleWolf
Opinionated
+3
Director of Sales
My old company christmas party was legendary... until the private equity firm came in and told us we couldn't bar hop with a party bus, or rent hotel rooms, or take jello shots on said party bus...Β 

They replaced it with bowling. Never the same. #corporateamerica
NIGHTMAN
Good Citizen
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Account Executive
If there is one thing I do right in this world, it is a party bus!Β Β 
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
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Director of Business Development
I like my team so these things are a lot of fun to me. People tend to poo-poo them but people also think it isn't cool to want to do fun things so whatever.Β 

Right now the wild stories tend to just be people getting trashed, nothing too wild to share yet that's unique.
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