There's a reason why you find those t-shirts at thrift stores that read "Team Building '94!" or "Company Outing 2007" — their previous owners wanted them out of their sight. Often team building is almost as pleasant as a root canal: it's required but it makes you talk funny for a few hours. There are ways to take the sting out of "Mandatory Social Gathering 2016." Here are a few ideas that you can take to your supervisor before the summer really heats up.
The rites of spring are many, but after a long winter, employers often look to the company picnic as the cure for the office blues. While some ventures into the great outdoors with friends can be both fun and memorable, oftentimes the company picnic (with mandatory attendance) can feel as awkward as a middle school dance. Here are some notorious (fictional) company outings that you'll be glad you got to skip.