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Happy Camps for JaCS?

By johnboy - 20 March 2009 22

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.

    “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.

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Felix the Cat 4:52 pm 21 Mar 09

Mr Waffle said :

The closest thing we get to “team building” is us chucking our own morning teas…

Wow you get time for morning tea, I dream about such luxury. I work for one of the biggest private sector employers in Canberra and there is no team building exercises done. We don’t even have a Christmas Party let alone days/nights at the movies/cricket/paintball/other activity. I doubt if (m)any people would attend a movie or other event, especially if it was out of hours and they had to pay for it themselves, as there is a fairly broad range of people working there (as there is in most large organisations) that it would be next to impossible to get an event/activity that the majority would be interested in.

I did work for a govt organisation for many years and we did have a team building session one day and as someone else already posted it was a total wank and waste of time and money. It was just like being at work because the bosses who have NFI how things happen in the “real” world wanted to run everything instead of working as a team and letting people with more knowledge and experience use their expertise to get the job done.

deye 12:28 pm 21 Mar 09

We tend to pick a movie that we all want to see every few months and go to that. Usually it’s just out of work hours, but occasionally we use flex to take an early mark by an hour or so to see it. Given the nature of our work when that happens one of us always goes back to the office to check if anything urgent has turned up.

However we each pay our own tickets.

As an activity it suits us better than going out for drinks, or golf, or paintball or one of the other possibilities and is definitely more enjoyable than one of those facilitated events.

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