Thursday 22nd April. 10:30am. Out of offices on. Office lights off. The Kaimera 2021 offsite begins…
Written by Sarah Mushan (day one) and Alishka Patel (day two).
Excitement and anticipation was in the air, as we jumped into our car shares and began the convoy down to Bowral. For some, this would be their first offsite experience and the anticipation was palpable, others were offsite veterans ready to show the rest of the team how it’s done.
We decided that the Mittagong RSL was the lunch spot of choice so the majority of the team bundled into the club for a yummy local lunch. Then it was off to meet the rest of the crew at the Berida Hotel where the brainstorming would start.
The first afternoon session was run by the King of Strategy himself, Stewart Gurney. The session focused on the future of Kaimera and how we as a team would ensure we are always working towards our vision and purpose. In different sets of groups over 5 hours, we discussed and analysed Kaimera today, and talked through a myriad of ideas around how we could constantly work towards improving what is already an incredible company.
Once the session finished (and Stew had squeezed every last idea and insight out of us!) it was time to get ready for dinner.
After a few pre dinner cocktails we headed to the hotel restaurant, Bistro Sociale. Dinner consisted of (but was not limited to) pâté, mackerel, lamb, breads and chocolate fondant. We felt seriously treated.
The energy around our two long tables was incredible. We were all feeling the high and getting to know colleagues that we perhaps don’t usually talk to that often, eating delicious food, in a wonderful location – feeling pretty lucky!
After two or three (or four or five) bottles of wine were shared, the party continued up into one of our hotel rooms and let’s just say ‘when in robe.’
Friday 23rd April. 8:00am. Sleepy Kaimerians up. Day two begins.
Day two arrived and despite a few sore heads, everyone was buzzing with anticipation for the day ahead.
Our Content Queen, Jade Harley ran a session on CSR, which is a significant part of who we are at Kaimera and we used this session, to not only go through what we are doing as a company, but how we can better our CSR efforts to benefit those around us. This was especially significant for our partnership with MMAD, a charity that exists to change young lives through music.
Jade also questioned us on how we interact and respect each other internally, giving everyone an opportunity to voice how they think we can better the culture of Kaimera. After only being at the company for 3 months, I really loved seeing how the senior team encouraged everyone to speak their mind and were open to change.
Once the session ended, we all retreated to our rooms for a quick costume change and returned in our team outfits.
Team spirits were high, but before we could go racing off, we had one final session with the wonderful founders of Kaimera, Trent and Nick. Compiling all the ideas over the sessions, they went through the future of Kaimera, and honestly, we are all really excited by what we’d agreed as a collective!
Now that all the presentations were finished, it was time to get our game faces on and compete in a mini team-bonding Olympics.
Each team (Netherlands, Greece, New Zealand, and Ireland), started with a choreographed chant and then took to the tennis courts for some good ole fashioned running, throwing and yelling (in a supportive way of course).
When all was said and done, team New Zealand took out first place, donning winner’s medals, whilst the losing team (Ireland) were treated to wooden spoons.
Medals and wooden spoons distributed, we had just enough time for a quick change into our traditional team costumes – ready to head to The Royal Hotel for a good pub feed and some celebratory drinks.
Overall, the offsite was such a wonderful opportunity for the whole team to really get to know each other (and boy did we) and get excited for the future of the company.
Thanks again Nick, Trent & Harmony!
Signing off until next year!