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Using away days to create a culture of play

A sense of community is important in a business – whether you’re a small start-up or a huge multinational enterprise. Having fun as a team is a great way of creating that feeling. Jeanne Tsan, head of HR at WeWork Europe and Israel, explores what makes a great team away day. Away days have often been tarnished with a bad name, with awkward team building exercises in the middle of a field being the first image that springs to mind. Yet the real focus should be on shared experiences and creating a sense of community – regardless of whether your business is 30 or 3,000 people, if you can create that feeling of community, then you’re on track for a great away day. At WeWork, we pride ourselves on our sense of community, whether you are a freelancer or a fortune 500 company, which is why we host our annual Summer Camp, where we invite all members from around the world to a festival-esque getaway – creating a space where they can simply have a break. It’s a chance to catch-up and make new relationships with people from all over the world. From speaker events to outdoor activities, it’s an opportunity for teams to build their sense of community. Organising an away day shouldn’t be viewed as chore, so these are our five tips to create the ultimate away day experience: Decide what you want to achieve Before you start booking venues and planning activities, think about what you want to achieve. It’s a big undertaking to have your entire team together, so take time to decide what the purpose is. Do you want the team to become closer? Organise a relaxing break? Or challenge them to do something different? Once you have agreed this, the logistics will follow. wework-slackline.png Image from WeWork It doesn’t just have to be a “day” One of the biggest misconception of an ‘away day’ is that it should be limited to a day. Don’t constrain your away day by what you think it should be, create something that’s unique to you and your business and…

How tech start-ups have redefined the idea of company culture

Type the search query “team building” into Google and you’ll get a long list of companies that host corporate events, along with generic stock photos of people in suits celebrating success together. Perhaps in a bygone era where businesses based in gleaming towers full of men in suits and women in pencil skirts, such formal team building styles were the effective norm. In recent years however, the meteoric rise of technology and its ensuing ‘start-up culture’ has challenged the traditional corporate norm. With tech unicorns such as Uber beating out at least 70 per cent of the Fortune 500, it’s becoming easier to believe that companies where teams are more friends than colleagues and where CEOs give speeches at huge conferences wearing grey hoodies may just represent ‘The Future of Work’. Considering said grey-hoodie-wearing-CEO has a personal net worth of $74 billion USD as of 2018 and his company is worth $500 billion, ‘start-up culture’ may just be getting something right. gettyimages-669889778.jpg Image credit: Getty images Tech start-ups across the planet, while dreaming of becoming the next unicorn, are at the same time redefining what it means to work. From office slides to nap pods, Nerf guns during office hours, and all manners of discussion on Slack channels, tech start-ups are reinventing the notion of team building. Tushar Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of Hubble, the largest online platform for office space in London, says that their own start-up culture has helped them hired some of the most talented people in the world and given them an environment to do their best work. We caught up with him to find out more about the new playful approach to corporate team building. So Tushar, tell us about your office culture. Our office culture is built around the values of our business: empowerment, experience and empathy. We want to empower our team to do their best work without micro-management and strict hierarchies and make sure they have a great experience in the office. We hope that our own office can help each member of our team understand what makes a good or bad…

Avoiding boring with a culture of fun and adventure

Having a culture of play and adventure in work is important. Sergio Lopez, head of integrated production at McCann Worldgroup, explains how he avoids boring in his everyday… Nobody wants boring. Friends don’t want boring. Partners do not want boring. Clients definitely do not want boring. It does not matter the context, the industry, the country. Being boring is a very lonely way of strolling across life.  Boring is my biggest fear. It is not difficult to become boring as a corporate entrepreneur. Corporations provide a certain level of stability which minimise the level of personal risk in the short term and therefore a key driver in entrepreneurship: hunger. They also tend to be certainly averse towards the main driver for innovation: risk. So many times I’ve seen people around me that reach a certain level of seniority, recognition or success and quickly lose sight of what brought them there. That tends to be the case with people that put their entrepreneurial skills at the service of the company’s goals, but lack a personal mission. While the company’s vision and values are a great way to bring the workforce together, it is the personal vision which defines and drives entrepreneurs. My own personal mission is what makes me get out of bed early in the morning and what makes me stay awake until late. What makes me read, research, theorise, try, learn, improve, think. Living my life like an adventure reaching out for my mission is my way to fight boring. gettyimages-660311458.jpg Image from gettyimages I grew up not understanding an industry that segregated creatives and business people and boxed them with titles. I struggled for years to fit in a place that separated creativity and how that creativity was brought to life. After a couple of decades, I reached the conclusion that there was a need in the market for a place that challenged that model. I made it my mission to be a part of building an industry model that revolves around evolving the ‘creative’ culture into a ‘creators’ one. While the temptation to open my own company…

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