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)
- Accept public funds? Then don't use religion as basis for making employment decisions
- Employment law by the numbers: Know which laws count
- Third-party retaliation will stand up in court
- ADA: You can deny jobs that threaten workers' own safety, health
- When providing benefits, make sure they go to everyone entitled to them