Constructure is well-known in the building industry for its structural engineering expertise, but also for its amazing annual team-building excursions.
After taking staff to the Otago Rail Trail, Abel Tasman Park and Auckland among other destinations, the management team decided to thank their amazing staff this year with a five-day trip to Melbourne.
Two volunteers stayed behind to hold the fort while 24 others from the Christchurch and Auckland offices last week boarded their planes to Melbourne for an action-packed adventure of culture, sport, sight-seeing tours, and of course, plenty of quality food.
Company founder Cory Bedford says that the annual staff trips are an integral part of Constructure’s values and team culture.
“It is a terrific opportunity for staff to get to know each other outside the office and especially for the staff in different cities to spend more time together in a relaxed environment,” says Cory, who adds that his crew are well deserving of their annual outing with the company going from strength to strength.
“It is no secret that any company’s success depends on the quality of its people and their passion for their jobs. Constructure has been extremely lucky to have had great people, but also that we have had minimal turnover over the years, which I think is a nice reflection on our team culture.”
After the team got settled in Melbourne on the Thursday, they embarked on a river cruise on the Yarra River, before getting their bearings during a guided walking tour of the city. By the time the crew found themselves in front of Mexican restaurant Mamasita, their stomachs were well and truly ready for some tortillas.
On the Friday, the staff were given the day to roam around the city or lounge at their apartments before they got the option to attend the stage show Muriel’s Wedding or head off to the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch Collingwood get beaten by Geelong in the opening round of the AFL.
Cory says that he was surprised which staff members opted for sport or the show, “because it wasn’t necessarily the people you would have expected. But everyone seemed to have a blast”.
On Saturday, the Constructure team boarded a bus to explore the spectacular Victorian coastline of the Great Ocean Road, including Lorne, Angelsea and the Twelve Apostles.
With a boss who is a former academy player with an English professional football club, and these days a keen cyclist, Cory always makes sure there is some competitive flavour to any Constructure trip and Melbourne was no different.
The Sunday was taken up with a host of Corporate Challenges and the winning team will again have the bragging rights in the office until the next team trip rolls around.
A jaded, but invigorated, Constructure crew arrived back in New Zealand on Monday afternoon, already speculating what Cory has in mind for them in 2020. The Melbourne sojourn will be hard to beat.