A few years ago, I worked for another startup that, while not remote, was spread across a few cities in the same state and had a couple of stragglers in other parts of the country. So, once a year, we’d all get together for a large retreat at an event venue between the two main cities we were in. The place was cute — surrounded by country, in the middle of nowhere. There was a literal ghost town on the property and a dirt road that led to nowhere. Okay, maybe it was a little uncomfortable.
But more than that, the problem I always had on these trips is that I had to share a room with someone I didn’t really know that well.
It feels impossible in the days of COVID-19, but yes, you read that right.
They wanted each of us to get to know someone we didn’t know at the company. And while that’s fine (I guess?!) on college campuses, I was hitting my mid 20s. I didn’t know the person sleeping in the bed on the opposite wall, and after a long night, I didn’t necessarily want to worry about waking up the other person. And putting all that aside, it’s bordering infringing upon an employee’s privacy and sense of safety.
It was one of the first questions I had about Osano’s trip to NOLA — frantically, I messaged our Head of People: “Are we each getting our own room?!” and breathed a sigh of relief when the answer was, “Yes!” I’ve been able to enjoy this trip because I have my own sense of privacy and downtime between events, and for that, I couldn’t feel more comfortable.
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