You are the coordinator of staff development for Imperial Oil. It has been recently announced that Imperial Oil is moving its headquarters from Toronto to Calgary. The news has been greeted positively by employees, but a few are unhappy while others already working in the Calgary office are unsure how well the amalgamation of the two offices with their different cultures will go. Recognizing the feeling of uncertainty, you decide to hold a series of corporate team-building retreats shortly after the headquarters move to Calgary. The retreat will be led by the Great Canadian Adventure Company. Employees will meet in downtown Calgary at 8:00 a.m. and buses will pick them up and take them to the Sylvan Lake area. There, they will spend the day on team-building like map-reading exercises that will require employee teams to find their way through a wooded area to a “home base” where lunch will be served. The group will return to downtown to Calgary by 7:00 p.m.
Your task. As the coordinator of staff development, write a memo to all employees announcing the retreat. You recognize the fact that there may be some friction between the “new” people from Toronto and the long-time Calgary employees.
To: All Employees of Imperial Oil
From: Coordinator of Staff Development
Date: October 22, 2012
Subject: Corporate Team building in Alberta
This is to inform all employees about the company retreat being held by the Great Canadian Adventure Company.
• Employees will meet in downtown Calgary at 8:00 a.m.
• Buses will pick them up and take to the Sylvan Lake area.
• Group will return downtown Calgary at 7:00 p.m.
This retreat is being held to recognized the feeling of uncertainty from the two offices after moving of headquarters to Calgary.