• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

Save Me from the Company Retreat

Posted in:

Save Me from the Company Retreat


Dear Cubicle Coach:

I'm dreading the two-day company retreat next month. What really happens at these things? Are we going to climb ropes and try to bond? Be scrutinized as we play Pictionary?

Dear Dreadful:

You can learn a lot about your colleagues — good and bad — in a non-office setting. Which dormouse leads the way to the dive blues bar? Which actuary does a mean Worm? Which married guy suddenly has a bare ring finger? If this is your first corporate getaway and you're not scheduled to present or do anything else in the spotlight, lay low and soak up the scene. CC has advised you before not to drink more than you can very safely handle (not easy, since you'll be nervous) or to hook up with anyone — people will know and will remember everything. As for the team-building exercises, CC once was blindfolded and tied up with 10 other staffers, who were then told to find their way to the exit. Believe me, teamwork would have been better encouraged with $50 raises and proper office ventilation. All that this closeness revealed was who had the garlic chicken the night before and that it was, indeed, time to find the exit.

Connect with Marie Claire:
daily giveaway
Go to the Beach

Go to the Beach

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.