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Shaping Bonds: Inside MadeByShape's Memorable Team Getaways

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Updated on 01 Mar 2024

Shape's Adventures – we've travelled a fair bit ... Each year we organise a team trip away. We spent 3 days in Dublin at Christmas to celebrate the year and let our hair down. 

We think it's very important to look after your team and make sure they enjoy their time with other individuals. Moving away from our desks and spending time with each other helps us all bond. We have spent a lot of time recruiting certain individuals and it's important we look after them. 

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Dublin was more than your average Christmas doo. Eating, drinking, sightseeing, riding Rickshaws and watching Mike drink 10 pints of Guinness. Mega.
Tom Pickering
Web Developer
Dublin was a good way for us to wind down after a busy year, a fun weekend full of beer, food and laughter.
Mike Ashurst
Web Designer

Working with an agency isn't just about yearly wages. It's about lifestyle choice, the people you work with, the added benefits you get, and how you are treated.

We pride ourselves on what we offer to staff within their contracts and all the extras they receive. Team trips are just an element of this but something that makes the team feel special. We all need a break away from work and clients, and this is just one way that we find successful from both points of view.

We hired an Airbnb in Whalley for the whole team to work together, and it was fantastic.

Many of the team work from home so to be able to get together was class. We believe culture in a workplace needs to be good. People need to communicate and build relationships. At the end of the day, if you enjoy the people you work with, you're going to produce better work.

Who knew hiring a mansion and taking a tonne of booze with you could be so fun! As we are all still pretty much working from home full time, this trip was a class way to get the whole team together, catch up and get merry.
Tom Pickering
Web Developer
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Shape’s workcation in one word was class. It allowed the team to improve our work-life balance by providing an opportunity to work while also taking time to relax and recharge. From competitive party games to relaxing in the hot tub, this provided the time to build stronger relationships within the team.
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Joe Buckley
Web Developer

Shape smash the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for The Christie.

While we're experts at socialising, drinking, and eating on team outings, breaking a sweat isn't exactly our forte. We've never pushed ourselves physically as a group before, so it was the perfect challenge!

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Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge

The day brought many challenges but was a lot of fun, who knew there were two 5's in a day?
Mike Ashurst
Web Designer

Local nights out, trips to the pub, bongos bingos, bowling, and team-building days that all involve food are always on the cards too here at MadeByShape. 

The time away from ringing phones, interrupted conversations and sending emails back and forth needs to be organised and planned, but the main agenda is to relax and go with the flow. A good team-building away day should achieve some (if not all) of the following:

• More motivated team members
• A clearer sense of personal relations
• New ideas for more efficient working
• More clearly defined and understood roles
• Greater appreciation of team members’ diverse strengths and attributes
• Increased trust within the team
• Clear space to think and generate ideas
• A sense of pride and belonging within the team

Co-Founder of MadeByShape. Most of my blogs are about business related aspects, not just web design.