Four-step Checklist for an Offsite Organization That Builds Camaraderie
How to build personal connections and trust in WFM situations
Float is a Toronto-based spend-management-software company that is currently experiencing a growth spurt. The one-and-a-half-year-old start-up onboarded more than 70 per cent of its 56-person team—most of whom work remotely across Ontario—in the past six months. In an effort to build a stronger, more connected team, Float hosted a three-day company offsite in June.
“We saw an offsite as the perfect opportunity to build camaraderie between our team members,” said Float CEO and co-founder Rob Khazzam.
The first step was finding the right venue. It wouldn’t be all play and no work—part of the idea was to hold sessions about company culture and growth plans—but it was important to Khazzam that the locale not feel too corporate so that people would be at ease. “I grew up going to summer camp, so an adult version of that was in the back of my mind,” he said. Khazzam knew someone on the team at Camp Timberlane, a 465-hectare property in Haliburton, Ont., complete with a beautiful waterfront, ample cabin space and numerous facilities for outdoor fun.
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