Here’s a quick history of
Here are some lessons that I’ve learned in the process.
It was super cool to visit Bali and Morocco with the team. Most of the guys have visited Asia and Africa for the first time. Some had the first flight. I’m sure they will always remember the trips forever.
Nevertheless, part of the team says that exploring Lithuania together was even better. We always had consistent Internet and no issues with food poisoning. At the same
Bottom line is that experiences bond more than just an exotic destination. It means that you don’t have to rob a bank to have a great time. In 2015 our team building was 25 km walk in the sand dunes. It wasn’t easy, but now it’s a great memory and a funny story. We forgot about sunburn and blisters, but remember how fun it was to walk together.
Presentations are the most awaited part of our
This time we made Pecha Kucha style presentations on the topic “Things I Want to Share with You”. You could never guess what guys would talk about. Personal changes, a design of lounge chairs, contemporary art, history of an eye, love languages, the theory of probability, drifting, Plato’s Cave etc. etc. This helped us to get to know the team on a deeper level and lead to meaningful relationships.
Workshops is another activity that we will continue to do. Everyone has skills that could be shared. During Moroccan
In Morocco, we had a couple of days without Internet (that wasn’t planned). Someone proposed to do a guided meditation, others organized a Crossfit session, some guys hiked to the mountains and had a walk to the old Jewish town. Everyone agreed that it was the best time during the trip.
Everything should be planed. As detailed as possible. Even unstructured free time should be planned in advance. It’s better if everyone knows what to expect. When they should focus on
Customer support is another issue that should be planned in advance. We inform our customers that the support is limited during
One way to address support is to plan Customer Support Hours when the whole team closes tickets. But it means that you will dedicate half of your
We came up with a different strategy for the Moroccan
Wanna recruit top talents? Get engagement on social media? Tell a story to your customers? Document happy moments when all the team is having fun together. We’re a visual culture, so pictures play a large role in the way we communicate.
This year we did a contest for a photographer to join us at Morocco. More than 100 photographers from around the world applied. They had to create a newsletter to apply (just like everybody does if he/she wants to apply for a job at MailerLite). It was a smart way to promote MailerLite among photographers and we had lots of choices to select the best of the best.
So we traveled with Ronya Galka, an urban photographer from London. In 2016
Hiring a photographer was a super good decision. Now we have loads of cool photos that will be used to illustrate blog posts, spice up “About us” page and social media.
Moreover, professional photos were like a gift to the team members. Most of the guys already changed their Facebook profile pics with amazing photos from the
Have you ever considered doing a workation? How do you motivate your team? Share in the comments what works best for you.