Brendan Smyth’s War On Waste marches on.
This time he’s discovered that the Department of Justice and Community Services has budgeted $40,000 on team building exercises.
- ““The Chief Minister Jon Stanhope continues to suggest only external factors are the reason for why ACT economy is in recession and why the budget may be as much as $200 million in the red.
“Yet under his Treasurer Katy Gallaghe
r’s eyes, we see this monumental waste of ACT tax payer’s resources with a $40,000 contract for team building exercises on how to be happy and have fun in the workplace.
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“For someone that has been made redundant or can’t see a doctor this level of government waste is pretty hard to swallow.”
It was perhaps unwise to tag the exercises as ‘art of fun’, but (without wishing to do the Government’s job for it) is Brendan seriously suggesting that there should not be team building exercises?
Out in the private sector a similar sized organisation wouldn’t be spending much less.
Be it taking every one out for dinner, Friday afternoon drinks, a day at the paint ball, or more structured activities, there’s nothing stupid about setting aside time for people to learn to work better together.