RIP Philo

don't answer the hobbies question

So last weekend we had a mandatory company 'leadership' retreat. We stay in cabins and do things like a "ropes course" and in the evening have to cook smores and hot dogs and sing a company song around a fire. I don't know why they call it 'leadership' since it's only for underlings.

Anyway during the "intro" period after morning checkin they encourage people to say their name, what they do, and any interesting hobbies.

One guy reported his hobby as likes to contribute to a certain open source library. It just so happens it is in our field and possibly might be valuable to a competitor.

Another guy reported his hobby was writing mobile games.

Both guys phoned me saying they received a *hand couriered* nasty gram last night from corporate legal over these issues.

LOL. Dumbasses.
Permalink bob 
May 13th, 2018 10:02am
Virtually all company social events are really just opportunities for management to gain intelligence on their employees and are best avoided, just be appropriately ill at the time.
Permalink Roy Hull 
May 13th, 2018 10:08am
"Company Social Events" are what "Politically Correct" was designed for.

Management THINKS they want honest open interactions from their employees -- until they GET honest open interactions.  Then the Managers get judgemental.  And the employees get a little screwed.

So stay politically correct in those situations.  It's the only way to be sure.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 13th, 2018 11:59am
How was the company song?
Permalink Reality Check 
May 13th, 2018 12:08pm
IBM used to have some cool songs...
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
May 13th, 2018 12:09pm
Such as?
Permalink Reality Check 
May 13th, 2018 12:11pm
What if your hobby is "one-night stand"? What will you say?
Permalink DrPepper 
May 13th, 2018 12:21pm
Above RC is impostor, but whatever.

In 1956 Mao Tse-tung launched the "Let a hundred flowers blossom" campaign, encouraging the public particularly intellectuals to criticize the government and even their leader. Foreign countries had been criticizing China as a place where dissent was not tolerated. The foreigners were wrong! Bring forth your true observations and insights so that we may work together to fix things and make our socialist society better.

People were skeptical. Criticisms were very mild.

Mao became outraged. He had told people to criticize the government! Those who did not criticize would be punished!

So the criticisms came.

Mao then denounced the critics and traitors and had millions sent to labor camps to die.

So yeah. That's what company "team building" exercises are about.
Permalink Reality Check 
May 13th, 2018 1:13pm
You should treat your hobbies with respect to disclosing them to your employer (or boss or colleagues) as if your leisure object of activity would be serial killing.

It's still an option to open your vault to them, just know what to expect afterwards.
Permalink Send private email Io 
May 13th, 2018 2:01pm

You're supposed to say raising money for charity, or pottery, not giving away source code.
Permalink MobyDobie 
May 13th, 2018 3:17pm
I'm collecting for The Human Fund. Would you like to make a donation in honor of Festivus?
Permalink Reality Check 
May 13th, 2018 3:55pm
I'm working on my golf game. Not making much progress as I have a tough time getting away from work {oops did I just say that?} but I find it enjoyable to drink some beer and drive the cart {shit shit shit}
Permalink xampl9 
May 13th, 2018 6:52pm
I've noticed nearly everyone at company 'social dos' not stay on soft drinks completely, only 'old timers' have the temerity to have a beer.
Permalink Grumpy Old Git 
May 14th, 2018 1:10am

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