WhitePages made some valuable investments in their employees in 2013. With a full office remodel, new equipment brought in and an inaugural company trip….it’s hard to imagine how we could top that in 2014. But we have placed our bets on building a collaborative culture amongst our employees, and our bets are big! We believe the odds are better at attracting and retaining top performers if we can find a way to incorporate team building and camaraderie in our investments in our employees. Last Friday, the WhitePages team saw a big return on that investment when the team returned from their annual company trip full of spunk, vigor and a much greater appreciation for one another!
The entire team flew out to Vegas from various locations last week to celebrate a great 2013 with another amazing company trip. The Budapest team arrived early on Saturday to acclimate themselves to the time zone as well as take the opportunity to experience Vegas in all its glory! On Monday the engineering teams from Seattle and New York began arriving early to have breakout sessions and planning meetings for 2014. Tuesday was the big arrival day with the bulk of the employees checking into the ARIA resort throughout the day.
Tuesday evening was kicked off with an adventure-packed scavenger hunt involving pictures of people hugging trees as well as taste-testing at some of Las Vegas’ infamous drinking establishments! Oddly enough, our CEO’s team won the contest. Rigged? Apparently not! We all celebrated our team bonding over some drinks, appetizers and funny-money gambling at a welcome reception.
We started the day early on Wednesday with breakfast and an All Hands meeting. That afternoon, we split off into teams and had some very productive breakout meetings. Following the meetings, we reconvened at Sirio in the Aria for some amazing Italian food followed by an early showing of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”.
Thursday morning came early as we headed off into another full morning of special presentations followed by an afternoon of fun! The employees had a choice between five fun-filled offsite activities: Golf, ATV driving, Exotic Car racing, Hoover Dam tour or just a leisurely day at the Spa! Thursday evening we met up again for a goodbye reception and then an AMAZING dinner at STK steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan. Apparently there was still steam left in some of our sails and a group headed out to hear “Above & Beyond” spin their magic at Hakkasan.
No one can deny that it was an action-packed four days! It was so great to bond with our fellow employees and create memories that will live long past the time it takes for our livers to recover! Thanks to everyone for making it special and especially to our CEO, Alex Algard, for investing in our employees and raising the stakes for the people of WhitePages. #whitepagesvegas