As part of a team-building activity, an Italian company hired a motivational trainer who specializes in firewalking. The goal: help employees see beyond their limits. The problem: The motivational guru brought the wrong kind of wood and artificial charcoal that day. Nine of the company’s employees were sent to the hospital with burns to their feet.
More team-busting fun: Two years ago, a California company hosted an outdoors team competition in which losing teams were spanked, forced to eat baby food and wear diapers. At least one employee’s morale wasn’t boosted—she sued for sexual harassment and a jury awarded her $1.7 million. (Orlando v. Alarm One)
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