Shaken not Stirred: TWI Strategy Day March ‘22
From kayaking in Suffolk to soaking up the sun in Fuerteventura, the team here at TWI has always taken Strategy Days to the next level. With a recent survey suggesting that just over 75% of workers in the UK don’t feel comfortable sharing their struggles with others in the office, bringing the team together outside of their normal working environment is key to maintaining a healthy business culture. These meetings can’t always be fun and games, but a normal Strategy Day for a TWI employee rarely involves endless meetings in a stuffy boardroom.
Last Thursday, we took our March Strategy Day to Colchester, where we spent the day reflecting and working on our ‘be brilliant’ strategies, before strolling into town for a highly anticipated Cocktail Masterclass.
With lots of new and exciting developments to put into play, we thought it would be fun to share a breakdown of our latest Strategy Day- cocktail shaking and all!
Fancy a coffee?
After arriving at the Colchester Business Centre conference room bright and early on Thursday morning, the team had a few minutes to sit back and enjoy a necessary caffeine fix whilst the tech-wizards set up the morning’s presentation. Of course, no morning meeting would be complete without a tray of Tesco’s finest baked goods, with Andrew (having skipped breakfast) constructing a desk-based cake tower capable of giving the Leaning Tower of Pisa a run for its money.
Pastries devoured and caffeine absorbed, we set about reflecting on the successes we’ve had with our clients and projects so far in 2022, sharing best practices and planning for success. No business is perfect though, so we also spent some time brainstorming new ways to innovate, measure success and continually improve what we do.
After devouring some pizza for lunch, our next topic of discussion was work delegation and how we can collaborate more efficiently as a team. This involved lots of technical talk about Customer Relationship Management tools and cloud-based platforms, most of which had us reaching for another cup of coffee to help process the barrage of information. Through perseverance, trial and error, and various levels of frustration as we tried to figure out the best process for us as a team, we finally came up with a new delegation system that we’re excited to put into practice this week.
Whose Round Is It?
As part of TWI’s culture, every member of the team takes it in turns to suggest a monthly fun activity for the group to take part in, usually revolving around a hobby or bucket list item. Skydiving and African safaris aside, the team is never short of fabulous ideas to bring the team closer together.
As self-confessed cocktail connoisseurs, Ellie and Maddy put forward a joint suggestion of a cocktail masterclass- after all, who can say no to a freshly shaken Porn Star Martini? With brains almost fully exhausted and laptops running low on charge, we bid goodbye to the Colchester Business Centre and headed off in the direction of the Slug and Lettuce.
Our bartender Evie showed us the fundamentals of making the ever-popular Porn Star Martini, Prosecco shot included, which involved a lot more ingredients than we initially expected. Did you know that sugar syrup AND caramel syrup is added to the mix? Nope, neither did we.
A Chance to Bond
The cocktails were absolutely delicious, and the class was a great opportunity to wind down and chat as a team without a screen or laptop in sight. Working remotely three days a week, it’s all too easy to get caught up in work and forget to catch up with colleagues, even if it’s just for a ten-minute chat. Getting everyone together outside of the office is a valuable investment, encouraging group collaboration and a chance for the team to bond over a new activity. In fact, a recent survey has suggested that team building can improve work ethic and innovation by up to ten times; not only does it relieve stress, but it also helps encourage a greater sense of trust within a team. This is incredibly important within collaborative workplaces, where pooling ideas and sharing workload is essential for completing a successful project.
We look forward to the next one!