Friday, September 10, 2004

Company annual get-together

Will someone please tell me why Singapore companies (or in my case, universities) can't seem to organise events that people actually want to go to? Witness, our annual get-together lunch tomorrow, with the oh-so-exciting title of 'Energie'. The misspelling of the word particularly irks me. Replacing 'ie' with the 'y' will not make the event any more exciting or fun or cool.

So what's going to happen at this high-energy event? This:

10:00 am Reception: Come chit-chat with your colleagues. Soft drinks and tidbits, and Karaoke service provided. Bring your favourite Karaoke CD if you like.

10:30 am Line dance performance “No more! No more! No more!”, followed by participatory fun party dance “Cheeseburger”. Everyone’s welcome to join in.

11:00 am High Energy Music by 2EE

11:10 am Long Service Awards followed by Lucky Draws

11:30 am Lunch: choice of International (Halal), Chinese Vegetarian and Indian Vegetarian. Indicate your choice during registration please.

12:30 am Karaoke resumes ...

Fun party dance 'Cheeseburger'? Who organises these things? Oh dear. And I'm really not a big fan of line-dancing and karaoke. Even though it's a free lunch, I'm going to opt out of this one. The only good thing about this is that it allows me to skip work tomorrow and go shopping with my mum instead. Hehheh.


7 comments:

littlecartnoodles said...

Companies organise crappy events because the organisers have to cater to the lowest common denominator. Back in my old job, the Rec Club applied the "Judy Rule" to vet their ideas.

Judy was the 60-plus year old pantry lady. Anything that they organised must be suitable for Judy. Too strenuous ? Cannot. Outdoors ? Cannot. Need to pay ? Cannot. A little bit risque ? Cannot.

But if I ever see "come chit-chat with your colleagues" in the program, I'm gonna call in sick. That means they'll have assigned seating and they make me sit between the receptionist and the tech support guy. Nice people, but absolutely worthless as conversationalists.

Little Miss Drinkalot said...

One of the good things about my old company was that it was too big to have a company-wide staff event. They gave each department a budget and we were left to entertain ourselves.

One year, our boss hosted a Christmas party at his house. I was one of the organisers and of course you can guess what games we played.

My colleagues were using "Rodeo Sex" as their screensaver password for weeks.

JellyGirl said...

CZM: Oh to be in Judy's position of power! I haven't actually made it to any of my company's annual meetings, so have not made the discovery of whether our IT technicians or admin people are good conversationalists. Although I suspect, judging by the way they answer the phone, probably not.

LMD: That's way more fun than company-wide events. My boss once threw a Christmas bbq party a couple of years ago, and that wasn't too bad, but the whole atmosphere was still rather stilted. All academics lah. Doubt they would have played naughty charades hehe.

Mr Miyagi said...

I like that we still use the word/phrase 'chit-chat', but can't stand it when we use things like 'Energie', or like that CNA program with Diana Slur, 'Get Rea!'

Who's Rea?

Woof! said...

I find it icky when I get into too intimate positions with my boss.. my ex-sup once told me he had a thai air-stewardess gf once, and he loved to make her wear her uniform and role-play...

needless to say, I dont want to imagine my sup acting out rodeo sex... :o)

littlecartnoodles said...

I'll bet my last dollar that EVERY man who has an SIA stewardess wife or girlfriend has AT LEAST ONCE asked the lady to wear her sarong kebaya before they got jiggy with it ...

Woof! said...

I'd be guilty as charged.. but cannot every week wah.. And imagine if you make her say the "sir, coffee tea or me?" line as part of the foreplay... heh..