Do you remember the “dot-com era”? When companies took time to appreciate their employees? When an entire company took a trip to celebrate the past year, while looking forward to the next? Here at WhitePages, we remember. In fact, we are still living it.
This past weekend the entire WhitePages team (plus families) took a trip up to Whistler B.C, Canada for a weekend of work and fun. It started out on Thursday with the arrival of the New York team and two busloads full of the Seattle team. A dinner welcomed everyone and jump started the weekend so when the final bus from Seattle arrived Thursday night, the whole team was really ready to get the party started!
Friday was packed full of productive meetings with many discussions focused around strategy for the forthcoming year which resulted in some innovative and actionable ideas. After a hard day of work, the team got a chance to kick back and enjoy each other’s company at a cocktail reception that was followed by dinner and a holiday party at the Garibaldi Lift Co. where the #1 band in Whistler, The Hairfarmers, took the stage. It was a great way to celebrate our long day (and year!) of productivity.
Once the “work” was over, everyone was given the opportunity to enjoy all that Whistler has to offer including a trip to the Scandinavian Spa, a Zip Trek tour, skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. The weather was perfect and these activities were a nice way to reward everyone for all their hard work this past year!
Although it was hard to go, everyone left the weekend feeling rejuvenated and motivated to make this year even better than the last! As we were checking out of the hotel, the manager remarked “I’ve not had a group like you guys come through a hotel like this since the 80’s. It really felt like you were a family.” This trip was only the start to what we know will be a very successful 2013 here at WhitePages!