Our Netherlands teams hang out at the beach!
We’re half way through the year, six months of hard work have flown by and summer is here (or at least, it is in Europe). And that means one thing at Michael Bailey Associates – it’s the season for social team-building events.
It can be hard to take stock and look at the bigger picture when you work in a pressurized environment day to day. So each year, teams at Michael Bailey Associates down tools for a few hours and do something different. From cooking classes to raft building, quad biking to golf – you name it, one of our teams has probably done it.
This year, the Netherlands teams from Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Utrecht and Rotterdam grabbed their beach wear and headed out to Scheveningen, a modern, popular seaside resort, for some beach Olympics. The town is famous for its impressive pier and wide promenade, but the teams headed for the exclusive Blue Lagoon resort for a spot of friendly competition.
Split into 4 large teams, they undertook a range of activities including tug of war, giant jenga, relay races and volleyball. But the highlight was undoubtedly the ‘Expedition Robinson’ events.
‘Expedition Robinson’ is a European reality show where contestants are marooned on a desert island and tested on their survival skills. Our Netherlands teams had to demonstrate all their ingenuity and creativity to perform tasks such as starting a fire with only a few basic tools and transporting water across the beach using bamboo.
However, the tournament was not without controversy. The winning team, led by Flip from the Amsterdam office’s Finance Division, came away with the trophy amid accusations of using a lighter to start the fire, which of course were strenuously denied. Either way, the sun was shining and the events proved a great success.
After the games, the teams relaxed with a few drinks and a BBQ on the beach. Some of team ventured into the sea, had a go at flying kites, started up beach football or just soaked up the sun. All went away knowing their colleagues from the various offices a little better, and with their batteries recharged.
“The day was a resounding success. We have a fantastic bunch of people, there are some great personalities here, and it was a chance to really get to know people that you don’t mix with every day. The activities got people working together, but they weren’t too serious, everyone had a laugh. Work has to be fun too, and people really appreciate days like today.” Said Frank Grootenboer, European Managing Director.