Would Your Boss Take You on a Cruise?

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Poll: Has your boss ever taken you and your colleagues on a special outing?
Poll Results
Has your boss ever taken you and your colleagues on a special outing?

My boss is the best -- we’ve taken an office cruise!
19
6.69%

We’re pretty much limited to a holiday party at year’s end.
55
19.37%

We’ve gone on an employee overnight.
9
3.17%

My boss has taken us all out for dinner.
52
18.31%

We participate communally in a recreational outing, like mini-golf.
20
7.04%

We never get anything!
130
45.77%

Something else, which I'll post below.
26
9.15%

Multiple Choice Poll.

Voters: 284.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
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Oprah is taking her staffers on an all-expenses-paid cruise (see our news story for more details: http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3282). So we want to know: How much does your boss appreciate the efforts of you and your colleagues? Beyond the usual bonuses and raises, have you ever been rewarded with a special outing, or even a cruise? Tell us more below.
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#3
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We had some bigwigs come by the office this week for a future project we're working on.

We wowed them. We showed them around, impressed them with our knowledge and professionalism, and won the contract.

As a reward, we were treated to fudgecicles and popsicles. I believe I also got the same reward when I was six and did particularly well on my fingerpainting....
#4
Bristol CT
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Our boss organizes a "teambuilding" exercise once a year; in the past it's been a Habitat for Humanity build, a minor league baseball game, and a mini-golf outing. They're trying right now what to do this year.
My immediate supervisor takes us out for lunch at Christmas.
I would not want to go on a cruise with my immediate supervisor. I *almost* ended up cruising with our boss's parents, though -- we were scheduled for the same week, same cruiseline, but I was on the Serenade and they were on the Radiance!
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Don't see how anything Oprah does compares with almost
any other work place ! She can afford it - and it's probably
also a write-off.

Just glad we are not on that cruise because that large
a group will probably compromise others on board using
various public places.
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Sandy Springs, GA
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Joined Jun 2006
Since the recession & last November's election, the firm I work for has cut everything to the bone. Not that we were ever the recipients of something as lavish as the stuff Oprah does.

Would I go on a cruise if my employer offered it? Sure! Would I enjoy it as much as one I paid for myself? Absolutely not!
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i work in a non profit preschool so big trips are out but we do go to training conferences all over the southeast for 3 days each year on and they pay for it.....yes there is some work but lots of fun too............cathy
#9
Portland, Or
196 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Twice my boss has taken us on a cruise. We are a small office and get along well. We hardly spent time together during the day, but had dinner together each night and enjoyed sharing the day's events. The last cruise she paid for our husbands too. Wish you all had a boss like ours, but she is ours!
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Oprah is taking her staffers on an all-expenses-paid cruise (see our news story for more details: http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3282). So we want to know: How much does your boss appreciate the efforts of you and your colleagues? Beyond the usual bonuses and raises, have you ever been rewarded with a special outing, or even a cruise? Tell us more below.
Rewarded with a cruise.....you're kidding, right We barely get a thank you, but it helps pay the bills
#11
Wisconsin
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Joined Aug 2008
I'm retired now..but when I was working, I was glad to get a 2 week vacation. never had any sort of bonuses, certainly not a cruise. Had to "fight" with the boss once when our area was being threatened by a hurricane and I needed an extra day off to prepare!
#12
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Originally posted by paul929207
Of course, my wife always takes me with her when she goes on a cruise.
Awwww..that is too cute!
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Quite honestly, this is kind of a strange poll question. In this economy I hardly think any boss, unless it's someone the caliber of Oprah or Bill Gates, would take their staff on a cruise. With bailouts, bankruptcies, layoffs and firings, there isn't room in today's economy for this kind of thing.
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I resigned my post due to not agreeing with the way the college was being managed. For a treat this year all of the staff are being treated to a lavish summer ball for which they are expected to pay for their tickets and all of their drinks.

I hear the tickets are selling really well (not)
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Fredericksburg, va. USA
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I'm a "boss", but there's NO WAY I could afford to take my "crew" on a cruise....and most of them wouldn't go, anyway....many haven't ever been farther than 50 miles from their home..they'd be totally lost! (Talk about "formal night" problems....!)
#16
New Jersey
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Hi, Cindy. We're (meaning our whole company, which is, beyond Cruise Critic, two other web sites -- Independenttraveler.com and Familyvacationcritics.com) definitely working on a "teambuilding" cause for this year.

Too funny re your supervisor and the parental units!

Carolyn

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Originally posted by RoofingPrincess
Our boss organizes a "teambuilding" exercise once a year; in the past it's been a Habitat for Humanity build, a minor league baseball game, and a mini-golf outing. They're trying right now what to do this year.
My immediate supervisor takes us out for lunch at Christmas.
I would not want to go on a cruise with my immediate supervisor. I *almost* ended up cruising with our boss's parents, though -- we were scheduled for the same week, same cruiseline, but I was on the Serenade and they were on the Radiance!
#17
Toronto, ON. Canada
1,492 Posts
Joined Dec 2001
As I am solo , yes, I take myself on cruises as a bonus for breathing.

Seriously, in 1990 I was on a Greek Island cruise. I met two couples who are partners in a large insurance agency. They took 25 of their top-selling agents and their families on a seven day cruise. Everyone seemed to be having a great time.

The owners felt that they more than benefited by this perk.
Fran
#18
New Jersey
3,631 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
She sounds great! Where have you cruised with her? What ship?

Carolyn

Originally posted by javadoc3
Twice my boss has taken us on a cruise. We are a small office and get along well. We hardly spent time together during the day, but had dinner together each night and enjoyed sharing the day's events. The last cruise she paid for our husbands too. Wish you all had a boss like ours, but she is ours!
#19
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Joined May 2008
I've never had, nor will I ever have a "boss".

Has the manager or supervisor taken everyone on a cruise? NO.

Great Christmas parties, a summer pool party, lunch brought in or taken out for lunch.......
#20
USA
4,397 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
I currently work for a large national company that has never given us anything as a "thank you" or incentive for continued productivity. My immediate supervisor, though, is generous with verbal praise and thanks.

But many years ago I worked for an orthodontist who was very generous. He took our staff of 6 to a nice restaurant for lunch every week and gave good Christmas bonuses. He even gave me free braces and a huge discount off braces for all of my four children. I quit that job after having my second child and 6 months later he took all the staff and their spouses to Hawaii for a week!! I quit too soon!
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