Can Oompa Loompas make your team stronger and better together? Heck yeah!
Another quarter, another overly thought-out and ridiculous retreat planned by Melissa and myself. Yesterday, the Swift Kick team enjoyed a day of hard work and play, all with a Chocolate Factory Twist. See how we pulled together our very own Willy Wonka retreat!
Step 1: Decorate the room with candy and Oompa Loompa’d team members.
Step 2: Hand each member a candy bar with a golden ticket when they arrive. Give them candy coloring pages and hand lettered candy notebooks as gifts.
Step 3: Re-write the Oompa Loompa song to transition to each activity during the day.
Let us filter by points and theme.
I was finally convinced I should sing the last one. Merp.
Step 4: Use skittles to give each member questions or dares, based on colored pieces of paper.
Tom got a yellow Skittle. He was dared to do an impression of someone on the team. He chose me….and did an accurate job.
Step 5: Sort good ideas and bad ideas during the actual work part with Golden or Rotten eggs.
Step 6: Go to Max Brenner for dinner. Yum Chocolate.
Step 7: Take an improv class to celebrate the acting life of Gene Wilder.
Step 8: Be exhausted but happy.
The truth is, we got A LOT of work done. But we were able to have a blast and become a lot closer because we
- Have an efficient system for doing this quarterly work
- Had fun with the theme and each other.
A great team trusts each other in work and in play, and creativity is a GREAT way to make that balance happen.
If you decide to host a Willy Wonka retreat, send us pics and videos!