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npx create-strapi-app my-project
Holding an in-person company retreat is a great way to strengthen the bonds within the team and have fun. However, as a remote-first company, distributed in different timezones (CET to PST) Strapi chose to organize to employees, Strapiers, a Virtual Retreat!
In 2021, the People team launched not 1 but 2 virtual events! It took a lot of effort but gathering as a team to strengthen Strapiers connections and build a collective memory was priceless. Especially while being apart due to two years of a worldwide pandemic that also impacted our private and social lives.
This article will go through creating and organizing an inclusive two days virtual retreat that Strapiers enjoyed attending, as well as the lessons learned before, during, and after. We hope to inspire you!
We started our process by dissecting our goals for the event.
In 2021, Strapi reached an important step, being a 50+ team. It also meant that some Strapiers never had the chance to meet and know each other in person.
We identified three main facets we had to be very careful with.
Another challenge we had was to keep the pace and Momentum while avoiding Zoom fatigue. We had breaks during the event, and we framed, for example, a 100 steps challenge to encourage people to go outside, have a walk and get some fresh air. We also combined in the schedule (I know you're eager to see it ☺️) activities using our hands (cooking, origami) and exercise of breathing or more rational activities (talk about digital wellness).
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We asked via a survey what Strapiers wanted to do during the 2 days months before.
We also had feedback from previous virtual events to help us continue improving.
We invited Strapiers to lead some activities. It encourages people to be engaged and strengthen/create bonds instead of having only intervention from external speakers or the People team. As a multicultural and diverse team, it is also an excellent opportunity to share Strapiers’ cultures, hobbies, skills, etc.
Anticipation and organization were also crucial to having a smooth and captivating event.
a. Before the event
Naturally, communication played a considerable part in the outcome of the experience.
Overall, the event was a success, and we had startling feedback from the team! We measured its NPS: 82!
It’s always challenging to find a balance between activities and needs from everyone. It requests a high level of organization, communication, and to expect the unexpected.