The Objectivity Summer Party Challenge
We held our first Summer Party this year in the middle of June. Our employees from both the UK and Polish offices were grouped up before setting off on a treasure hunt into the forests surrounding the picturesque Książ castle in Lower Silesia. The castle is the largest in Lower Silesia, and the third largest in Poland. It was the ultimate test of teamwork, intellect and physical prowess. A full day of hiking, paintballing, doing puzzles, finding hidden places to photograph and completing a set of riddles, as well as looking for Chuck Norris, ensued. Teams were given a great opportunity to bond, as well as step out of their comfort zones and into new roles in their teams.
Each group elected their own captain and painted their own flags before being sent out into the forest with a survival pack, a map and a list of instructions. There were 18 teams and 18 points to go to. Each team had to attend at least 10 points in just 3 hours. Doesn’t sound hard, you may think, but with the furthest point about a 60 minute walk away down into the valley, it was no easy task! Competition aside, the teams, including our Managing Director, had a great opportunity to talk and get to know each other outside of work. Essential, given that the company has now grown to more than 300 members of staff!
After the treasure hunt, the tired, muddy and very happy hikers gathered back at base camp to hand in their results. After a quick hearty feed, an opportunity to rest and relax at the hotel and, of course, wash away the day’s walking madness, base camp was reopened for yet more fun and frivolities.
As over 200 of the 300 staff piled into the tent, dinner was served, music began and the bonding continued. We took a moment before the festivities continued to award some of the staff for their spectacular achievements in the treasure hunt. Monika (Office Administration) and her team won the whole event, and it’s no surprise. There were whispers of Monika’s can-do attitude throughout the forest, and all could hear her shouts of encouragement, as well as see her worn-down and exhausted teammates at the end of the treasure hunt. Well done Monika for motivating your team!
Congratulations and Celebrations
The evening took a momentarily nostalgic tone as Rob Helle, the Majority Shareholder and founder of Objectivity, was presented with a rocking chair and blanket, and serenaded by the staff as his retirement was announced by Peter Brookes-Smith. Rob gave a speech about his decision to take a step back. It is now “time to do nothing” he said, with a slight smile on his face. Anyone who knows or who has met Rob will know that this will be an almost impossible task! We shouldn’t worry though, he’s offered to “help with spreadsheets” if ever anyone gets stuck.
And so, the evening continued, all drinking to Rob’s health and luck at having a quieter future, enjoying the party, standing by a bonfire and blowing bubbles in the shadow of the majestic Książ castle. In true Polish style, the party continued until the sun was high in the air, with dancing, singing, eating and drinking.
As with all at Objectivity, things improve with time. It’ll be hard to imagine how the next company party will top this though…!