THE WORST EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IDEA OF THE WEEK!!

A May 5th article in the Chicago Sun Times was headlined:  WRIGLEY FIELD BLEACHERS WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS MONDAY NIGHT.

The home of the Chicago Cubs, all of Wrigley Field opened for business in 1914.  And while it has, of course, had various upgrades and improvements since then, the renovations currently under way are the most ambitious in Wrigley’s century of existence. 

You may have seen stories about major difficulties caused by these renovations during the Cubs’ home opener last month.  Project planners underestimated the need for porta-potties by those seated near some of the more major construction sites.  Some fans, especially those who believe that beer-drinking is as important a baseball tradition as the seventh-inning stretch, were forced to be “resourceful” in ways that give a whole new meaning to the term “relief pitcher."

The new Wrigley sections are being opened in a phased manner.  One such section, the “Right Field Porch,” is described in the Sun Times article (emphasis added) thusly:

(T)his large group space offers a mix of standing room and bleacher seating options for groups of up to 100 people. Featuring an all-inclusive beverage package, the Right Field Porch is a great space for corporate employee engagement events or large group gatherings. The Right Field Porch will be open to all Budweiser Bleacher guests on select dates this season.

The last time the Cubs appeared in a World Series was in 1945.  The last time they won one was 1908.  So by all means, take your employee engagement recommendations from an organization with a proud and more-than-century-long tradition of failure. Because there’s no better way to drive engagement levels than “an all-inclusive beverage package.”  And if you happen to have your “employee engagement event” on one of those “select dates,” make sure you have enough porta-potties on hand to accommodate any “Budweiser Bleacher guests” you may choose to invite.  Or at least plenty of relief pitchers in the bullpen.

JG