12 Aug Ay Dios Mio, We’re Going to Spain!
In October, wedü is sending three employees to Spain as a part of our Digital Nomad initiative. They will still complete their normal job responsibilities, just from the ancient city of Barcelona, known for its art and architecture. They will also be touring local vineyards, eating plenty of paella and implementing a special marketing project (details to come).
Here are our top reasons for launching this new initiative:
To Have the Most Skilled, Enthusiastic & Creative People
“The best education you will ever get is traveling. Nothing teaches you more than exploring the world and accumulating experiences.”
– Mark Paterson
The most talented people become that way through continuous growth. They feed their passions and intelligence by pushing themselves to try new things. Traveling to Spain gives employees the opportunity for tremendous personal and professional development. They will have to step out of their comfort zones to speak in another language and immerse themselves in a different culture, while being exposed to an array of experiences, people, foods, locations, and ideas they never would have in Manchester, NH. When the team comes back, they will have a lot of ideas, skills, and positive energy to share with the rest of the wedü team and our clients.
According to Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, “Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms.” In other words, travel increases the brain’s capacity to engage and participate in complicated discussions. Furthermore, Galinsky recently conducted a study that looked at fashion directors across 270 high-end houses over 11 years, comparing their frequency of travel with the creativeness of their designs. The study found that the more places the directors traveled to, the more creative their designs were.
To Challenge Ourselves
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
— Walt Disney
According to an article in Forbes, one of the top ways to help employees reach their full potential is to switch up their normal routines. Hedges wrote: “Good leaders push people to try things they have potential for and give them the opportunity to take a risk.”
Our three lucky teammates will have the opportunity to work in a fresh environment, without seeing the same faces around the office. How will they choose to work together? Will they find a more productive method for accomplishing tasks? Is there a better way we could be doing things?
We want to see what it’s like having employees work thousands of miles away. We expect that they will encounter some difficulties but also know that they will grow in the process of managing them. We’re passionate about innovating often, which requires experimenting with processes and shaking things up.
To Foster Team Building
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
— Michael Jordan
Company culture is paramount to success. Consequently, businesses at the top of their industries tend to invest a lot in team building. Facebook, for instance, sent employees on a VIP museum tour and scavenger hunt in San Francisco, complete with lunch in Golden Gate Park.
LinkedIn hosts a monthly “InDay” where employees can participate in activities such as virtual reality demonstrations, karaoke, video gaming, and foosball. McDonald’s, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Google have all tried employee flash mobs. Disney, Kraft, Home Depot, and Volvo use a company called Team Building USA to plan their team outings including murder mystery games, charity events, wilderness adventures, and canoeing trips.
Ultimately, team building is about forming genuine relationships. Done right, these activities create a work culture that is passionate, supportive, authentic, and trailblazing. A team that trusts and respects each other is far more effective in brainstorming innovative solutions. Trust fosters a low-stakes environment where everyone feels safe to express their unique ideas and honest opinions. What better way to build trust than by traveling to a foreign country together?
To Invest in Our Growth
“In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.”
— Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Former CEO of IBM
To get fantastic results like Google, who grew 26 billion dollars last year, companies have to mimic that same culture—a culture that believes in investing in their people. Google offers employees free organic catered food, nap pods, a rock climbing wall, and an in-house gym, sauna, and swimming pool, just to name a few benefits.
Our employees fuel every idea we have and are behind every successful campaign we launch. The more each individual on our team betters themselves, the better results wedü will deliver our clients. We are so excited about this upcoming adventure and cannot wait to see what it brings. Keep an eye out in future newsletters for updates on our digital nomads! Adios for now!