Pack away the hula-hoops and never mention them again

The letter request:

I supervise this guy at work and I really think he should date another of our co-workers, because she’s great and they have a lot in common. I know nothing about him really so I’m not sure how to broach it. Is it bordering on sexual harassment? Can I tell him I require it as part of his job?


The letter:

Dear Steve,

Team building. How does it make you feel? I know, I know, it can feel forced and naff and awkward BUT it can also be a cool way to learn some crazy arse skills you wouldn’t dream of learning otherwise. Like semaphore flag signalling, for example. Or hula hooping. Or writing a rap song.

Don’t get me wrong, the boss has no immediate plans to bundle staff off to circus school for an afternoon (that I know of); I just thought I’d brainstorm a few activities in case the opportunity ever arises. I don’t know about you but the idea of communicating with flags is pretty darn appealing. So, yeah, professional team building, it can be a pretty cool thing if you give it half a chance.

Hey you know what else can be cool? Personal team building. You and I don’t know much about each other’s private lives (this would change BIG TIME if we wrote a rap song together), so I hesitate to make presumptions BUT if you were single and if you were open to hanging out with someone pretty fabulous and if that person being a woman fit in with your lifestyle choice, there’s a certain colleague of ours whom I think would be a good match. Nay, a sterling match. Truly, it’s my honest belief that you guys could make the happiest team of two this side of The Heads.

So that’s my two cents. Team building. Outside of work. You and Her. If it doesn’t appeal to you, say no more, I’ll pack away the hula-hoops and never mention them again. But… if you find yourself curious about said colleague, let me know and we can chat more. And if you feel awkward raising such a topic verbally, I totally understand. Which is why I’m gonna put semaphore flag signalling back on the table.