I was not actually gleeful when my boss suddenly informed everybody that we would be going on a weekend retreat together.
She apparently wanted the entire team to attend so that we could build trust plus general communication skills, however apparently, she did not know that we could learn to rapidly get along in the office so she had to plan some elaborate trip for us to torture ourselves for days.
I wish that I could say that the trip turned out to be better than expected… however – nope – actually it was just as miserable as I anticipated. When we first arrived at the large rental condo I was a bit surprised to find out that it was a single central heating, cooling, plus air quality control method that would be supplying all of our indoor air conditions control. Apparently, they did not invest in zone control heating or advanced cooling measures for the house. I wish that they had installed several separate little mini split ductless heating plus cooling systems such as you would experience in a hotel, so that everybody could establish their own personal favorite indoor air conditions control settings in their private room. Instead, we were apparently supposed to cooperate to find a single thermostat setting that would make everybody in the house happy. You know that that was impossible. Half of the condo wanted to use the large air conditioner plus the other half of the condo was still ready for the gas furnace to be fully engaged. The lot of us wound up figuring for the entire weekend, respectfully fighting in front of the central thermostat as we tried to gain control of the heating, cooling, plus advanced air quality control system. After our “team building retreat” half of the office quit.