Sometimes when I think about the concept of a "morale event" I think it's an oxymoron (just sometimes). Maybe because my first experience with the concept was a "forced hike" ....oops, I mean hiking excursion (no offense if one of the event planners happens to read this...really). I had just moved to Seattle and I couldn't believe that these people insisted in hiking even though it was pouring rain...and cold. I'd probably be more into in now that I am in better shape, but still, it was a shock to the system of a relocated city girl (I understand it more now after being here for 5.5 years). The link between the event and the actual fun wasn't particularly clear to me at that time. I guess it depends on your definition of fun and how it relates to your current morale (let's call that the fun to morale ratio effect).
Anyhoo, on my current team, they really know how to do morale events. I already told you about the whale watching excursion. It was more fun than I had even expected. This Friday we have another morale event and when they told us what it was I was again pleasantly surprised (I promise to never doubt our morale committee). We are going to a place called Cuizam Cook and Carry Cuisine in Kirkland and we are having a cooking instruction day. We are there from morning through afternoon, so I am hoping some wine is involved (otherwise, there's some whine involved...not really, just kidding). I'll let you know how it is. I'm really looking forward to it.
Other fun morale events that I have had at Microsoft: Whirlyball (not that I am competitive or anything), Mariners game, wine tasting class and cooking day at Microsoft's catering facilities (I think similar to what we are doing Friday but it was when I was on a different team).