Last week saw the return of our annual company retreat, this year in Bournemouth. Each year we escape the office and take time out to bond as a team, review our goals and have deeper conversations about our products and services. It serves as a catalyst for idea generation and provides the team with a place to connect with each other with shared experiences.
Being by the beach with such glorious weather meant we could nip down for a morning swim or walk as the sun came up.
This year we held a review session on H1 company performance and workshops on goal setting, marketing and technology. In each of the workshops we used a variety of techniques to write down our ideas, resulting in over 200 ideas being recorded on post-its which are now being transferred into a Miro board to plan our next steps.
(Pip Decks massively helped structure the workshop sessions and provide inspiration with team engagement).
It’s a time not only for reflection and planning, but also to have some fun together in the house that we hire for four days.
The team building elements took on a Taskmaster theme, which saw the team taking part in a variety of tasks to earn points throughout the long weekend, to win the grand prize of a pineapple. Congratulations to Ben who won the inaugural competition!
On Saturday afternoon we squeezed in an escape room, which the team managed to complete with 4.5 minutes to spare!
We also spent an inordinate amount of time playing with John’s Mokuro fidget flipper 😂