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This year marked Mechanica’s second annual ski trip – a new tradition where the company travels north to Gunstock Mountain for skiing and bonding at our Finance Director’s home on the mountain.
You may be thinking, the last thing I want to do is spend a weekend in the same house as my bosses, coworkers…and CEO. You might say it sounds like a bad episode of MTV’s “The Real World”. Being a modestly sized agency, there was plenty of space for us in the roomy chalet. On the agenda was skiing, cross country skiing, and plenty of après ski time in the lodge. Back at the house was every kind of comfort food you can think of, pool and ping pong, card games – and Mechanica’s “shot ski” made its debut appearance.
Though the best part of the trip (aside from a retro neon snow onesie) was that we all wanted to be there together. There was no talk of work – instead, we learned that not one, but two Mechanics grew up taking family trips on renovated school buses. We learned that one of us is a pretty impressive pool player, and one of us confidently knows all the words to Salt-N-Pepa’s “None of Your Business.”
Realistically not every company can fit into a ski house together. The point is, great companies and teams are humanly fixated – one of Mechanica’s core pillars. It’s important to find what works for your organization when it comes to building culture and nurturing relationships. Here are a few ways that work well for our agency.
1.) Find a Genuine, Common Interest
Whether it’s the entire organization or a smaller department like the marketing team, find an interest that most people will actually enjoy. Coincidentally for us, we have a pretty large group of skiers at Mechanica, so a ski trip is something that fires us up. If something doesn’t immediately come to mind, try sending out a company survey to see what a majority of people would like to do.
2.) Engage in Group Activities That Bring You Together
Culture building events are the ideal time to get to know team members you don’t directly work with, or don’t see often due to busy schedules. At Mechanica, we’ve recently had a significant number of new hires join our team. Each year we bring an assortment of games for the ski house and it’s the perfect opportunity to get to know new people and help break them out of their shells.
3.) Unplug and Leave the Work at Work
Of course emergencies pop up, but try leaving the work at the office during team-building time – and that includes any discussions about work. This year, we jokingly came up with a code word for any time someone talked about work too much (our word was Edamame, in case you were wondering). It really caught on and helped keep our minds off the office and in the moment.
So find a common thread that connects your team and make it a priority to carve out time for getting to know each other, because the relationships you build during these outings will translate to ever better collaborative output in the office.