Saturday, March 29, 2008

"we're all about to die"

Recently, my work team endured a team-building exercise. You know when a story starts with this, it's not going to end well.

This one simulated a situation in which half of the team members were in danger. The situation was so far-fetched that at no time was it hard to remember that this was a simulation.

And still, when the "danger" hit, the panic was palpable. Some of the people on the team went berserk. They were unable to make rational decisions, and ran around aimlessly, yelling at a crazy volume. At one point, one colleague actually pushed her hand into another's face and told her not to bother people with her trivial matters "since we're all about to die."

It was so ridiculous that I couldn't help but laugh, loudly.

Seriously, who are these people? First, how could they possibly forget that this exercise was only a simulation? And second, even if they believed the situation to be real, did they really think that reacting like a crazy person would actually help?

For me, the team-building accomplished nothing, other than to underline which people I need to avoid when I smell smoke, hear the pounding feet of an approaching King Kong-like creature, or finally get recruited for that high-risk space mission.



fg said...

I know that in some simulation exercises, certain participants are given specific roles to play, behaviours to exhibit, etc. Perhaps this might account for the over-reactions?

Doc said...

I will say that some people are just idiots.

Granted, some people may have had a role to play, but to actually stick their hand in someone's face, that may have been a bit much. I doubt seriously that a simulation would have someone do "that."

If you don't mind, what was the simulation?

complain away said...

Lunar landing.

Need I say any more?

Doc said...

A lunar landing? As in....yall landed on the moon? Or some aliens from the moon landed here? What is there to get upset about? Those kinds of people make my head hurt.