Social gatherings are a great way to unwind and relax. Having some social connection with people you love or like is very good for one’s psychological well-being. Mankind is a social creature and he thrives in a social environment. As such, despite the modern ways of life that threaten to break the social bonds of society, it is important that we put in effort to ensure that we can every once in a while find the opportunity to freely interact and mingle with other people.
Many times today, social gatherings are limited to the small family gathering or to the office gatherings among working colleagues. Often, even these small units find it hard to come together and share a happy moment in the company of each other. This is due to different reasons chief of which many times is due to each person taking too much of their time and concentration focusing on work.
Parents today are not having enough quality time with their children. Children are also finding it hard to enjoy happy times with their parents and siblings since they are often burdened with school work. In the office, co-workers may co-exist as strangers with each individual paying no attention to the other but focusing solely on their work.
With this kind of living, people are increasingly suffering from the lack of the benefits of social interaction. People are not able to share their problems; they are not able to find the mental relaxation that can only be found by socializing, and they are not able to find encouragement, motivation and advice from people who truly care for them.
Companies and organizations are increasingly realizing that due to these negative lifestyles, the input or efficiency of their workers is also decreasing since the people get affected by other negative side effects such as: moody personalities, anger and temper issues, fluctuations in quality of work, home related problems due to dysfunctional homes, and other numerous problems that can be eased by having healthy social lives.
To help address this problem, companies often organize retreats that are solely focused on socializing and team building. Last week our company had such an event.
The management in our company organized for our company to have dinner and an evening filled with fun team building activities. This was an environment where we could relax and get to know each other well.
Among the many team building activities we engaged in, we had a wonderful karaoke competition. One of the managers had thoughtfully brought along his home karaoke machine which had many popular songs that we sang along to. We then had a competition to find the department with the best karaoke singer.
The facility which hosted us provided us with great food and drinks that kept flowing during the entire time that we were there. To spice up the evening, there was a great performer who entertained us with humorous stories and sang some delightful Spanish music while playing his small travel guitar