I think team-building exercises can be educational. For example, escape room sessions are valuable when afterwards the escape room facilitators provide feedback and breakdown performance, highlighting strength across the board.

With team-building retreats, incorporating education, especially employee-led education, can blend the idea of fostering this sense of collaboration and camaraderie that these exercises are meant to with useful skills that benefit everyone.

But ultimately I agree — why not budget for continuing education stipends, $100 a month for even just one workshop, instead of always focusing on happy hours.

I think the question is this: if leadership doesn’t create this model, is there a bottom-up approach that can be put into place?

Teaching Love. Scaling Empathy. Founder & CEO of Ethos Talent. Executive Director of Embolden & Co. Program Director for 1871’s WIC Accelerator.

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