The weekend of our team building was quite remarkable, unifying and overall amazing for all of us SiteGrounders! After a very successful 2016 when we almost doubled our employees for the second year in a row, our big multinational family grew to more than 450 people in 11 countries, speaking over 30 languages. We decided to invite all of them to an epic weekend meetup. To break down the geographical barriers and bond with colleagues we usually see only behind monitors, we decided to continue last year’s tradition and organize our own SiteGround Festival, this time on the beach!
Building Our Festival Grounds from Scratch
Our meetup took place at a beautiful beach on the Northern Black Sea coast. True to our philosophy to always craft and organize everything ourselves, our events team had worked hard to prepare everything starting with the pre-meetup activities and on-site workshops all the way to building our own stage (true story!). Of course things would not have been possible without the amazing help of our catering and stage partners. Luckily, this time we were thinking a step ahead and got it all on camera for a time-lapse!
The Warm-up: SiteGround Get Fit Challenge
This year the team-building activities started well before the actual event. We organized a month-long challenge for the whole team with the sole purpose to lead a healthier and more active life and have fun doing so. We encouraged people to form teams of 4 and commit to at least one of the following activities – team walking/running, cycling or weight loss. To motivate the participants we had prizes for the top-performing team in each category, we put a ban on junk food in our offices and started loading up the SiteGround kitchens with healthy or homemade food only.
A little hesitant at first, it’s amazing how active people can get when they train together in teams! The total results from the Challenge were hands-down amazing. Our winning Cycling team traveled 1590 km in less than a month, our Walking winners passed 1200 km and our Weight loss champions lost 26 kilos – just a kilo more than their runner-up!
Moves, Crafts and Arts
Even though the challenge ended right before the team meetup, we kept the inspiration for active lifestyle going! To reconnect with teammates from other offices and foster our company spirit, all SiteGround Beach fest initiatives circled around things SiteGrounders love – creativity, sports, sharing knowledge, and music. To recharge our batteries and get our adrenaline levels up, we had awesome water adventures like jets, paddleboards, and windsurf. We had yoga classes and improvised fitness classes all led by members of our team. We organized beach volley tournament and soccer tournament for the competitive enthusiasts. It was also a fun way to strengthen teamwork by doing the best you can for the group, learning to rely on others, even only for a game.
Surely, no SiteGround event can go without creativity and art. To entertain all teammates with creative minds, we had a special dream catcher workshop, sand sculptures, a body art station, and a smartphone photography course.
Music and Happiness for All
Though all these activities were fun and cool, the most epic and memorable part of the Beach Fest was the night of the concerts. Four amazing bands performed for the huge SiteGround family while we jumped, danced and sung the night away. Although our headliners were the epic hip-hop/rock/punk/reggae fusion group Dubioza Kolektiv, one more band was especially near and dear to our hearts – the SiteGround’s very own rock stars, called ‘Technical Issues’ comprised entirely of members of our Customer Care and Tech teams! Surely, we did not forget about one more crucial part of the SiteGround family – our clients. All the while we made sure our customer support services stayed unaffected during the event. To do that, we set up a huge hall with workstations where our support agents were working on reduced shifts to provide 24/7 support and still be able to join in the fun once their shift was over.
We’ve always believed that the strong connection between happy and motivated teammates is the key to quality service. Every company-wide event we organize is an investment with a clear return – our team and customers’ happiness. We decided to share the good vibes we experienced together and hopefully spread them to you as well! The way SiteGround treats and takes care of one another has always been special and we hope we managed to translate it into words. Because it’s what makes SiteGround awesome!