Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hey Boo Boo, Who Has the Company Picnic Basket?



Look what showed up in my email box.  Look at the greeting, "Hi Company Picnic Planner."  I thought for sure HR's days of planning picnics were over.  It literally made me laugh out loud and I had to post it on facebook for more laughs.  

How do spammers know that a) I am in HR and b) HR has the perception of planning picnics?

I can remember when I was just a young HR chick.  I worked for a technology company outside of Atlanta.  One of my primary duties back in 1994 was to plan our annual company picnic.  I hated that.  Everyone wanted fat free this, and I hate hot dogs, and I am a vegan.  It was exhausting.  

I haven't thought about HR and picnics in the same sentence since probably around 1995 when I left that company and went to work at Aon.  

So, have I been riding the strategic HR horse too long or is HR still in the picnic business?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

When I opened this same email, my first thought was, "whoever they're buying their data from is bad". Even if that were something my HR dept did, I'm not the person who would do it.

Cathy Missildine said...

Oh my, you received it too? I thought the same thing. This has to be like 1980's data...LOL

Deeerj (yep, 3 e's, not 2) said...

I've told my employer many times over the years that if they want to fire me, they can just assign me to the recreation committee, because instead I will just quit. :)

Seriously though, what department should have the responsibility for planning the company picnic?

Michael Mullady said...

I think that was in my spam folder lol. But honestly I haven't seen HR own something like that for almost a decade. And sad if they still do...

agj_hr said...

Luckily that came out of HR at our organiztion a number of years ago -- although at least for us, once HR stopped planning it, it stopped happening all together. Which leads me to the question -- who is responsible for building wide social events -- and do they really have an impact on employee satisfaction with their employer? At one point when we were still planning picnics, our employees were given the choice between the picnic and an additional day off -- guess what the overwhelming consensus was?