As an employer it’s very important to me that our team blends well, not only in terms of skill set but also in terms of personality. Everybody who works here is obviously very talented, but their approach to work is just as important… and they’re very nice people too. I’d be comfortable taking any of my team members into new client meetings with me. As a University Lecturer at Salford University for 8 years, I was able to spot talent, understand potential and recognise drive. This has enabled me to build a team of creatives who can offer the full package to our clients.
So in light of the above paragraph, that’s why we were all rewarded with a 'christmas do' trip to Dublin for 3 days. Naturally, everybody was excited for that. Some of my friends are surprised that we decided to treat the team to this kind of ‘party’ but in my opinion I think if you treat your team members correctly, they appreciate you, enjoy working for the company even more, and if they’re in a good mood - they will work better. Take a look at our instagram @madebyshape for Dublin pics, shot on iPhone7 using VSCO.
We stayed just off Temple Bar in the centre of the action in Dublin, surrounded by pubs, bars and live music. We had no plans other than go and have fun and relax. If you've never been to Dublin - I personally love it, the atmosphere is great all day and night. Temple Bar is a street full of pubs that have live music all day and night and a friendly atmosphere. Some cities are spread out and if you're aim is to go and drink - sometimes you will have to walk or travel to find different venues ( such as Berlin, Newcastle etc. ) but Dublin is close enough to walk and we certianly enjoyed our 3 day pub crawl. Mike completed the 10 pint of guiness challenge on the second night, Tom brought out his famous dance moves, Jason fell asleep standing up and Adam performed a fantastic Grease Lightning move.
We celebrate each christmas with a party / event and usually we go into Manchester for a meal, drinks and a night out. That was great, but this yera we wanted to do something different and reward the team even more. I can't recommend this theory enough. From an employee's point of view, they felt special, turning up at the airport, going to a different country, just having fun and relaxing in a vibrant city and having all expenses treated for by the business. They will appreciate this gesture. From an employers point of view the team will be in a good mood, they will work harder and be proud of working at Shape. The expense is worth making your team feel special and appreciated as individuals and as a collective.