Consultants in the Snow – March 2016
As the Easter Weekend rolled around, eight fun-loving SmartRules consultants set off on the company’s 4th annual ski trip. Leaving on Wednesday afternoon, we were headed for the small Austrian village of Kappl near Ischgl. Driving up in groups of 2 or 3 kick-started the teambuilding experience straight away. After all, when making an 8-hour road trip together you are bound to see some new sides to your travelling companions.
After arriving late on Wednesday night, we had 3 days of snow-filled fun ahead of us – and they flew by! The group included both ski enthusiasts and snowboarders, ranging from first-timers to veterans of the slopes. After a communal breakfast at the apartment, we would split up into small groups according to experience and ski/snowboard the day away. After which we would meet up again for après-skiing – sweaty and bruised of course – and dinner.
The weather was perfect, the food was great and the company even better. On the first day we accidentally discovered a restaurant catering mostly to locals, where the food was superb – although we did get some strange looks in our ski boots and gear. The evenings offered a great chance to get to know each other better, marvelling at some colleagues’ ability to eat unbelievable quantities of food, others’ surprising drinks of choice (whisky straight-up), and generally sharing stories and making merry.
The ski trip is an annual event and holds an important place in SmartRules’ company culture. As an employee perk it is even stipulated in the contract. After participating, this makes sense to me. Although in consulting (secondment) we spend 40 hours a week away from our company, to me company culture was an important factor in choosing a new job. Sharing this experience with my new colleagues, the ski trip to me seems to embody the company culture. Driven people, who like to move fast, and an emphasis on teambuilding and interpersonal relationships that is uncharacteristic for this industry.