We won't be playing games anymore.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by James T. Vader, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. James T. Vader

    James T. Vader Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2013
    So today we had a staff meeting and for the ice breaker my boss passed around pennies. And the thing was the year of the coin, you had to state something that happened to you in your life during that year.

    So the first girl to go, goes into this tearful sob fest about how 2002 was her third year in college and she attempted suicide twice.

    The next person to go, went on and on about her adopted sister and the girls real dad breaking into the house trying to kidnap his child back and terrorized the family.


    Finally at this point my boss stood up and said that this wasn’t what she meant, she said keep it light and fluffy.

    Holy crap.

    What a downer of a meeting this was.
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2013
  2. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2006
    Location:
    Hillsville
    Oh my.


    I think next time, she should just order pizza for everyone and get right into the meeting.
     
  3. Scout101

    Scout101 Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2003
    Location:
    Rhode Island, USA
    Yeah, that's kinda lame, paint-by-numbers management games anyway. What's next, Trust falls? If you want people to relax a bit, toss some pizza or donuts on the table, no need for silly games first. That, or just have the big boy meeting as-is and get back to work.
     
  4. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2012
    Location:
    Va. Beach, VA
    I know some people feel the need to talk about things and to have someone listen to them, but there is no way on Gods green Earth that I would ever let any of the people I work with have such intimate knowledge from my past. It kind of sucks for the women you mentioned though seeing as they disclosed such personal information expecting the same from everybody else only to have it shut down. I'm sure that made them feel awesome.
     
  5. thestrangequark

    thestrangequark Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Location:
    Brooklyn thestrangequark
    Is it wrong that I found this kind of funny? I guess I'm a bad person.
     
  6. auntiehill

    auntiehill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2006
    Location:
    Hillsville
    ^Well, it does sound a bit like a scene out of The Office.
     
  7. Robert Maxwell

    Robert Maxwell so far this is a dumb future Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2001
    Location:
    comments 2 my butt
    I laughed, too, but then I'm an asshole. I dunno what your excuse is! :p
     
  8. Tiny Timby

    Tiny Timby LIKE LIGHTNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING Administrator

    Joined:
    May 28, 2001
    I have to admit, I had this mental image of the person talking about the dude breaking into the house and terrorizing the family and all that, and after finishing, just stunned silence and the boss is looking like Harris Yulin in Ghostbusters II.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. The Naughty List

    The Naughty List Working the Pole Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2004
    Location:
    Locutus of Bored
    It reminded me of the Debbie Downer sketches on SNL.
     
  10. scotpens

    scotpens Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    It was a bad idea. I'm sure your boss just meant for everyone to have a little fun, but asking people to disclose personal stuff is . . . well, it's like a box of chocolates.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Melakon

    Melakon Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Location:
    Melakon's grave
    I was rude to someone in a staff meeting once. We worked a trouble desk for computer problems that other people in the company would call (not the public). We had a woman in the meeting who was whiney all the time and no one liked her. She was complaining about the people in those other offices.

    "Sometimes they treat you like you have a brain the size of a pea!"

    Silence.

    Then I took advantage of the opening. "Well in your case, Wilma..." and didn't finish.

    Even the manager laughed, and I didn't get a reprimand. I did apologize as it hurt her feelings.
     
  12. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 19, 2005
    Pizza and some Flintstones chewable Prozac maybe.

    And Vader, I'd recommend against dating any girls from your office ;)
     
  13. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    Wow. If I were the boss in that situation, I would have taken each of the two ladies aside, in private, and would have recommended a counselor, perhaps one furnished by the company, or some kind of help. No one should have to carry that kind of burden alone.

    Also, next time? Pizza and donuts is definitely the right idea.
     
  14. Scroogourner

    Scroogourner Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    Location:
    Sojourner
    Hopefully the next time he tries that game he remembers to include the word "positive".
     
  15. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2000
    Location:
    QC, IL, USA
    Luckily most of my "staff meetings" involve drinking beer and doing shots.
     
  16. Ancient Mariner

    Ancient Mariner Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2009
    Location:
    Trumplandia
    Yeah ... it kind of helps to establish a few parameters before opening the floor for comments. :lol:
     
  17. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2002
    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    All of my staff meetings involve sex! Unfortunately, I am a sole proprietorship.
     
  18. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2000
    Location:
    QC, IL, USA
    Ha!
     
  19. Ancient Mariner

    Ancient Mariner Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2009
    Location:
    Trumplandia
    Ever thought of going public? ;)
     
  20. Fruitcake

    Fruitcake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Location:
    inside teacake
    With his staff?? He might get arrested.