Departmental “Fun” Days

Honestly, how hard is it to get a bunch of people out to play minigolf for a couple of hours? The department I’m in has (at my count) about 11 people in it, and they are trying to organize a “fun day” consisting of some minigolf funtime followed by some food at the nearby food place (by wonderland). So far I’ve recieved 6 emails, each with a different date plan, ranging from the afternoon of a workday to weekends to mornings. The last one said that nothing will happen till September because it’s apparently impossible to get people organized for a couple of hours without multiple months notice (though to be fair all of August is out because one person is on holidays).

I’m not sure if I should laugh or not. At Merilus we had people out pretty much every friday for a fun activity (normally volleyball) with no problems. Granted, the whole office was invited (30 people) and generally no more than 10 showed up. However, the first time we did this we had three or four courts full of people playing volleyball. It was simple, say “we’re going to do [activity] on [date]”. If someone didn’t come, no big deal.

Not that I’m complaining, a departmental fun day should be Friday afternoon in my opinion, not the morning, or outside of work hours (though there are exceptions).

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