Personally I don't think it's that great of an idea. It really depends on your workers and their family logistics. I imagine a few spouses probably wouldn't like the idea. It really does depend on how close you all are. For example, do you all spend time outside of work (not including Christmas party etc?). If you don't then to be honest I think it'd be a bit weird, if you do and you're more like friends then just work colleagues then I say go for it. Are you and your DH paying for it all?
I also wouldn't be happy sharing a bed with someone. I also wouldn't be that happy having a blow up bed on the floor. In fact I probably wouldn't want to share a room with many people as I hate snoring and I can't sleep through it lol but that'd be my issue.
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23-08-2015 08:07 #21Senior Member
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23-08-2015 08:08 #22
Sounds pretty cool!
I think it would be good to provide additional bedding solutions (e.g blow up beds) so they have a choice and they don't feel they have to share if they're not comfortable.
It really depends on who the person is as to whether I would personally share a bed. I have shared a queen bed in the past with a close pal, no biggie. Given the preference I would always choose to have my own bed though
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Personally I wouldn't share a bed and I wouldn't be happy sleeping on the floor or a blow up thing. If those were my options, I would either a) book my own accommodation or b) put in an apology and just not go.
I want to say this gently, because I honestly think you're going to put on a great work party, but I think you have a vision in your head of how amazing this will be - I want a waffle station, I think it will be more fun for everyone to stay together - but that vision may not translate as well to others or to reality.
I don't think anyone is having a good time if they're not comfortable.
You can have a waffle station, have everyone there, by making sure everyone has somewhere to stay.
That sounds like a huge cost so if you'd prefer not to spend that much, do something on a smaller scale.
For the record, that beach house looks AMAZING!!!
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23-08-2015 08:17 #25Senior Member
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In that case I think it'd be okay. Like others said ... have a secret vote. Tell them to go home and discuss it with their families then come back and put a vote in.
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23-08-2015 08:17 #26
It sounds like a great idea - and looks pretty awesome too!
Do the employees need to stay the night? Is it local to work/where you live? If it is you could still do the activities & they could have the option to stay if they wanted or go home & come back for the family day?
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23-08-2015 08:20 #27
For me, I really wouldn't like it. I don't usually mind work dinners, but a work weekend away doesn't sound enjoyable at all!
A family BBQ the morning after a drinking session sounds like hell on earth to me!
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23-08-2015 08:21 #28
It depends how family-orientated your staff are. DH and I prefer to do things as a family and he prefers not to attend things by himself. We would happily drive an hour to and from a great venue or place and spend the day there. Would somewhere beach-side with a few other things to do in case it rains (movies, bowling, shopping, nice cafes) suit? - have MT, BBQ lunch, AT, and dinner at a nice, but family-accommodating place?
Could take a bunch of beach activities and sports equipment, others could do their own hobbies (make sure there's shade) if they'd prefer.
It also depends on how active your staff are. We love getting outdoors whether we have the kids or not. Some people just prefer to sit and knit.
The house is a great idea and we've gone away socially before and shared houses, but didn't have to share a bed.
With the school thing on the Monday - are there any families that rely on their spouses being home to help with the school run, pick up, etc? It may exclude many from being there on the Sunday anyway. Are there some staff that have the Monday off and need to look after children on that day?
Just a few thoughts.
Edit: I forgot about the whole drinking thing - they might have to work out a few designated drivers amongst the families. DH and I aren't big drinkers even though we like to have a glass of wine every now and then. We tend to consider when we drink and how much and plan ahead. Not having a drink doesn't mean that it's a wasted night for us, but for some they may strongly link Christmas party and getting sloshed.
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23-08-2015 08:26 #29
I'd just ask the staff what they think... Personally it wouldn't bother me. I've shared a bed with a couple of work colleagues but they are my friends are we were on a holiday. I'd just ask
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23-08-2015 08:33 #30
I'm not a fan of weekend-long work events. I spend all week away from DP and our kids so all I want to do on the weekend is be with them. I prefer just an evening or daytime event. But that's just me, everyone is different.
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