In WP Desk, we all work remotely, so retreats are very important for our company. On June 9-11. 2019, a meeting of WP Desk took place in Tychy. We came down on Sunday late in the afternoon from various Polish cities to work and spend time together. The leitmotif during the workshop was to improve communication in remote work.
We started with supper on the Tychy market.
Whole team support
We didn’t want to leave you without support, so on Monday and Tuesday, in the first place, we have provided technical support, responding to your requests. Working together in one room was a good experience, especially for those who don’t have everyday contact with customers.
Then we could go on to summarize what has happened since the last congress. We have set paths for us to follow, then we participated in workshops on proper communication in the company, so that each of us could work as effectively as possible. We analyzed it on five different levels, based on the so-called Communication pyramid.
At the two extreme poles, there are levels with “smallest” and “highest throughput”. New technologies and available applications make communication on each of them optimal.
The first level is work intently and at the highest level. When we are not distracted by anything, we can concentrate fully on the implementation of the task. When we finish, we communicate through the effect of our work.
At the second level, we expect feedback from colleagues. Sometimes, to complete the task, we need feedback, such as an opinion or remarks from the supervisor or another competent person.
When we need immediate feedback, we communicate on the third level of the so-called news on a regular basis. Thanks to the chat application, we can discreetly signal that we need immediate help.
At the fourth level, we expect immediate feedback. Using voice calls, we can discuss a specific topic with someone.
The last, fifth level determines the meeting face to face. It requires preparation and commitment of all participants. Communication is very fast at this level, but it costs much time. For this reason, it is the least exploited channel and only when the meeting is really necessary.
We were also at this congress on such a level of communication :)
Team collaboration training – laser paintball in Katowice
After intensive workshops, we went to have some fun with laser paintball. Divided into two teams, we were wearing special vests with laser weapons. In a dark labyrinth with equally dark music, we tried to hit the opponent. It was great!
Integration is good for cooperation in every company. WP Desk is still developing intensively and on each trip, we’ve got more and more coworkers. Meetings like this one in Tychy are an opportunity to get to know each other better and just spend some high-quality time together.
It’s great to work for you!