Over the past several weeks, SHIFT’s San Francisco social committee was hard at work planning the annual summer outing. Devising the perfect theme was crucial, but since communication is our specialty the real challenge was keeping it a secret from the eavesdropping ears of other SHIFTers. August 26 came quicker than expected and staffers began to arrive at Crissy Fields (a beautiful park right on the San Francisco bay) for a fun- (and fiesta-) filled day of team bonding.
Our “summer” outing took an ironic turn as the weather, which had been mid-90s all week suddenly dropped to the mid-50s – but nothing like a little wind to encourage team bonding in its purest form (huddling together and drinking margaritas to stay warm). Our spot was decked out with everything “fiesta”, from piñatas to mariachis to sombreros.
Around noon, we spotted the main attraction in the distance, as a taco truck was slowly making its way toward our picnic area. The thrilled SHIFTers ran toward the truck and eagerly waited for their warm quesadillas, burritos and tacos in the chilly weather.
A few friendly competitions spiced things up, as pin the mustache on the mariachi man, bocce ball and a piñata (filled with candy, gift cards and vacation day passes) became the focus. Lastly, a round of get-to-know-your-coworkers revealed some interested tidbits about the SHIFT staff (highlights included a cousin of Potsie’s from Happy Days and two people who have mastered the legendary worm dance move – check out the priceless video below for proof).
Just when we thought things were winding down, a surprise round of “find the iPhone” unexpectedly demonstrated teamwork at its finest when intern, Katherine, realized her phone had been accidently taken out with the garbage by someone (*coughcough* Kris Konietzko). With the iPhone bravely rescued from the depths of the trash by SHIFT’s very own VP of Marketing, Parry Headrick, the exhausted (and slightly buzzed) SHIFTers began to head home.
But before you think our outing was just fun and games (and taco trucks), we feel it is necessary to point out the skills we brushed up on during the day:
Bonding: Huddling together for warmth.
Open communication: Sharing those “skeletons in your closet” with co-workers.
Encouragement: Cheering along your colleagues as they “swing” their way to gift cards and snooze bars.
Teamwork: Joining forces to save an iPhone from a 30 foot trash can.