In times of COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we started to get to know each other via Zoom; celebrating Dutch King’s day together, watching movies online together and ordering food for each other.
Also in real life!
Once Dutch regulations permitted us to meet, we had a very enjoyable get together in person, yet slightly awkward because we all rediscovered how to be social in real life.
Our favorite activity: all-you-can-eat restaurants
The only way to make meetings in person less awkward was to meet more regularly; so we looked for new activities we could do with all of us. Our favorite activity is undoubtedly eating. We are big fans of the “all you can eat” experience! It was fun challenge; who can eat the most and still walk out of the restaurant without any regrets. So far we have enjoyed spareribs, pancakes, wok and sushi. For us, the stakes are high. For every prize we may win during the Giant Jamboree, we will have to plan an “all you can eat” night.
And more on eating; to keep each other in check, we give out cake points to each other. If someone was a few minutes late for a meeting, or did not meet a soft deadline, a cake point is handed out. If a team member has earned five cake points, he or she must bake a cake for the rest of the team. Towards the end of the project we started looking for excuses to give one another cake points because, as it turns out, we have good bakers in our team and a sweet tooth!
Bonding with our supervisors
Our supervisors are also invited to our cake-events. We even gave them some locusts to eat during a social drink.
Plenty of fun
Our team leader Nick has taken it upon himself to plan a bi-weekly fun activity. We either have drinks with supervisors after working hours, have an “all you can eat” night or go to the beach. We have also spontaneously gone for ice creams during lunch throughout the summer to cool our heads and take a well deserved break.