Get More Brain, the future of onboarding, upskilling, and developing empowered teams, is designed around communication and collaboration to make learning fun and engaging. As a 100% remote company with teams in Zurich, Switzerland, and Cluj, Romania, we understand the power of technology to connect and engage employees. That is what Get More Brain is all about!
Yet, we recognize that face-to-face interactions are essential for building a strong company culture and fostering deeper connections. It’s like having a meal — technology can provide the ingredients, but it’s the physical act of coming together to prepare the dish and share a meal that brings people together in meaningful ways, and don’t worry, we had plenty of meals, but I will get to that shortly.
Our recent four-day retreat in Cluj, Romania, offered the perfect opportunity for the Get More Brain team to experience firsthand the benefits of combining our AI-driven learning platform with in-person collaboration. For many of us, it was the first time we had met our colleagues in person, despite having worked together remotely for some time.
Departing from Basel-Mulhouse airport on a Tuesday afternoon to Cluj-Napoca, Romania with Wizz, we embarked on our adventure, eager to spend time with our team members in person. We returned on the same airline Saturday morning, having spent four days and four nights collaborating, brainstorming, coding, and indulging in Romanian culture.
🔨🤝 Work and Bond: Strengthening Connections and Enhancing Team Synergy
During our retreat, we participated in various collaborative projects, brainstormed ideas, and wrote code, all while appreciating the unique atmosphere of Cluj. These face-to-face interactions allowed us to deepen our understanding of each other’s work styles, ideas, and personalities, fostering a more cohesive and aligned team.
Though Get More Brain is primarily focused on leveraging technology to create effective remote workplaces, we understand the importance of investing in personal connections. Building relationships in person, both in professional settings and outside the workplace, plays a crucial role in cultivating a strong culture, work ethic, and connection to the company.
🍽️🍷 Work Hard, Play Hard: Embracing the Culture of Cluj
Our team retreat wasn’t all work and no play. After our daytime collaboration sessions, we gathered for dinner and drinks to get to know each other better in a more personal setting. We indulged in Romanian culinary delights, such as mici (grilled meat rolls), various cheeses, salads, and exquisite local red wines and finished up with the famous Romanian dessert papanași. These shared experiences further strengthened our bonds as a team.
In conclusion, our Cluj team retreat was an invaluable experience for all of us at Get More Brain. It demonstrated the importance of balancing technology-driven remote work with the irreplaceable energy and camaraderie that come from in-person interactions. As our AI-driven learning platform is now in use, we remain committed to fostering personal connections and continuously enhancing the learning experience. This well-rounded approach benefits both our employees and our clients, as we strive to meet their ever-evolving needs.
For those working remotely or in hybrid environments, it’s essential to prioritize personal connections and make an effort to meet in person, as it truly enhances team dynamics and overall company success.
Implementing technology like Get More Brain to onboard, train, and connect remote/hybrid employees is important, but so is fostering in-person connections. While we continue to embrace the power of technology, let’s not forget to occasionally step out from behind the screen and connect with our colleagues face-to-face.
The results might just surprise you.
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This post was first published on Medium.