Миналата година, след като броят на служителите ни се увеличи значително решихме, вместо общ тиймбилдинг да организираме няколко мини такива за всеки един отдел. Вероятно сте попаднали в социалките на постове от морските партита на колегите от customer care и tech teams. Това, за което незнаете обаче бе гениалната идея, която се роди на една обща почивка на колегите от отделите: маркетинг, програмисти и събития. Идеята бе една от мечтите на един от нашите програмисти - да види всички от SiteGround събрани заедно на открит фестивал със сцена и изпълнители само за нас!
Идеята: SiteGround фестивал
Имахме нужда от нов план как да съберем над 300 SiteGrounders на едно място и имайки предвид, че всички работят не само от няколко офис локации, но и от различни градове. После трябваше да измислим как да ги ангажираме и да направим нещо запомнящо се, като паралелно с това трябваше да не забравяме за работата си и,че екипите ни от отдел обслужване на клиенти работят, за да предоставят услуга и съпорт 24/7.
След няколко срещи в разговори, умуване и с доза вълнение стигнахме до заключението да организираме сами фестивал на открито с музика, къмпинг зона, зона за храна и напитки и крафт зони с работилнички. Най-важната идея бе да включим колеги в организацията и такива, които имат желание да споделят техните хобита и таланти на феста.
Темата ни за феста: Споделяй. Играй. Забавлявай се.
What we do at work every day at SiteGround actually comes down to these three things: we share skills and knowledge, we play with new ideas and challenges, and we enjoy the results of our work. The idea was for all activities during the festival to revolve around the same things and show every member of our team how truly amazing the people they work with are. We were going to share our passions during workshops, play our favorite games and enjoy lots of music and opportunities to have fun and dance, because we just love to do that.
Тhe Place: The SiteGround Camp
Always taking the unbeaten path, we wanted to build a place where we are free to explore, reconnect with each other and escape the hassle of the city. We found just the right spot on a meadow overlooking several mountain peaks and 1800m above the sea level! Now we just had to turn it into comfy festival grounds to accommodate 300 people for 2 days, with cooking and eating areas, workshop tents, plenty of field space for workouts and physical activities, two sleeping camps for the people who were going to bring their tents and a sound stage to host 3 live bands. Our hands-down amazing events team proved to be real camp wizards – because they completely transformed the place.
Next up were the workshops. At SiteGround ideas can come from anywhere and the best ones can bubble up. That’s why we did a short survey among our whole team about the kind of workshops that they would like to attend or lead themselves. On the festival day we had a total of 8 classes ranging from raw vegan desserts, Graffiti painting and T-shirt dyeing to Mind Maps and Arduino programming.
Тhe SiteGround Oath
Surely one of the main goals of the gathering was to catch up with our colleagues from different offices in different cities and remind ourselves what really makes SiteGround what it is: our values and our people. To engage everyone and pique their curiosity about their teammates we created a Team Trivia game. The challenges ranged from taking a picture with one newbie and one 10+ years at SiteGround veteran, to finding out which SiteGrounder had a famous rapper dedicate a song to him (we know, we are full of surprises). The game proved to be the perfect excuse to flood each other’s social media with photos of our team.
What is a camp weekend without a badge, right? Craftsmanship, commitment to quality, respect and care for the team, curiosity, enthusiasm, creativity, having fun and not taking yourself too seriously – these have always been the values that bind us together as a team. To highlight those once again, we turned them into special designs for temporary tattoos and stickers to give away to every team member. By mid-day even the catering and sound companies staff who were helping us with the setup had jumped in the fun and proudly wore the SiteGround marks. When you are happy and passionate about what you do, it just draws people in.
Not the Usual Technical Issues
We had invited a live band and a popular hip-hop group to play for us but the most anticipated main act turned out to be the band of our own colleagues from Customer Care and Support team. They called themselves “Technical Issues” and although only 5-rehearsals old, they blew everyone away – a solid fan base of nearly 300 SiteGrounders, cheering like they were witnessing their most favorite band in the world. There was everything: stage-dives, guitar solos and massive cries for encore. It all ended with almost everyone on stage, dancing, hugging and having the time of our lives.
The only question that rang around on our way back the next day was “How are we going to top all this fun next year?” But, like someone on the team bus already pointed out, we actually do that in the office every day. I guess it’s like that – when you’re with your kind of people, every gathering can feel like a family reunion.