Once a year the organisation hosts a staff team building day and this year the staff decided to have it away from the office. We also wanted to spend the night away with our colleagues so that we can get to know each other better on a more personal level. Since we would be footing the bill ourselves, we had to find something affordable. During a visit to a patient in Covie, Bernie and Marie discovered Kingfisher B&B, a low-budget accommodation establishment situated just outside Nature’s Valley and run by Debbie and Llewellyn Dixon. It has two self-catering forest huts and two caravans with separate ablutions. It also has a large lapa equipped with cooking utensils, gas cookers, a fridge, a sink for washing dishes, and a fire-pit for a bonfire. So we booked it and started the preparations for the weekend.
After we arrived and settled in we went searching for firewood in the dense bush that surrounded the property. As the sun set and the cold wind blustered we gathered around the fire chatting and listening and dancing to music supplied by Delsie. Later Cecily brought out the board game 30 Seconds, a game which most of us had not played before. However, after the first round, we soon became masters at it roaring with laughter at each other’s clues and explanations of the words and the team members’ responses.
The following morning Cecily planned two activities for us. The first was planting an indigenous plant in a tin which we decorated. The aim was to create something for ourselves which would have special meaning and which would remind us of our weekend away. The second activity was creating a booklet for a work colleague with whom we have difficulties. This booklet would then be presented to the person the following week acknowledging that there are difficulties which we would like to work thru. Ribbon, crayons, koki pens and inspirational messages were supplied to decorate the tins and booklet. Everyone was completely absorbed in these two activities and the liveliness of the previous evening was replaced by a sense of earnestness.
Later that morning, after a sumptuous brunch, we drove back to Plett with lighter hearts and new found gratitude for one another.
Some of the staff’s comments of their experience:
“From the moment we left here for the weekend I was excited because we were going away as a team. Although we have differences with one another it was overlooked that weekend. I found closure with issues I had, whatever bothered me I buried there. I made peace with everything and everyone and am looking forward to a bright future.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the highlight for me was the board game 30 Seconds. It was such fun. And watching people trying to explain the meaning of what was on those cards – priceless!
“It is something we definitely have to do more often. I found it extremely relaxing and wonderful to bond with my fellow work colleagues.”
“I found it very creative. It was a weekend where we discovered each other’s strengths and talents. I loved sitting around the fire and playing the games. We shared and bonded which was wonderful for all of us.”