A thought-provoking theory
To get the day off to a good start, we all shared a lunch together. At the end of the lunch, Alessio, Director of Operations, proposed a first game. To introduce the activity, he asked us what we thought of the planet Earth, along with a picture of it.
So of course we answered "the earth, the globe, the oceans, the land...". We also had "system" and many other words, which this image inspired us.
The aim was to bring us to the Gaia theory. But do you know the Gaia theory?
Briefly, this hypothesis was developed by Professor Lovelock (a British independent thinker, scientist and environmentalist). According to him, the Earth is a living organism that controls its own atmosphere and ecological system. He decided to call this theory the Gaia theory, named after the Greek goddess of the Earth.
This hypothesis expresses all the complexity of the Earth, which is not an isolated object as scientists perceive it, by limiting themselves to the strict study of each of its elements.
Finally, for some ecologists, Gaia is a living organism, endowed with consciousness and even with 'self-regulation' and global intelligence.
In addition, the aim of introducing us to this theory was to further raise awareness of environmental issues.
The Egg Challenge
To continue this reflection on our environment and its protection, we carried out a second activity.
The " Egg challenge " is a popular team building event for companies. This challenge was inspired by Steve Edwards who had the idea from the Canadian Association of Student Activity Advisors.
We formed four groups to carry out this activity. Each group was one of the 4 elements: earth, water, air and fire.
The rules of the game :
Find and develop, as a group, a device to avoid breaking the egg when throwing it from the top of the steps. To do this, each team had to find strategies to protect its egg so that it would not break on landing.
Several ideas came out of this activity: cooking the egg, wrapping it in bubble wrap, cardboard, plaids, but also in a sleeping bag, ... well, there are lots of great ideas!
Objectives of this game :
The aim of the activity was to bring the team together around a goal and to highlight the principles of group work.
It is a very good way to promote cohesion and teamwork and problem solving to unite team members.
In addition, it makes a link with the environmental theme, as we had to find out how to protect our egg, as well as to protect our environment and all the things that the Earth has provided for us.
Developing our CSR policy
Symalean has fully integrated the CSR approach into its global strategy. Our two priorities are to :
- Replenish the planet by preserving and restoring biodiversity resources
- Contributing to the well-being of our employees
The working conditions, well-being and motivation of our employees are essential. This is why Symalean does everything possible throughout the year to promote the quality of life at work for the entire team.
To integrate the new arrivals and to please the whole team, we organised this team building day. With an activity during the meal (the Egg challenge), but also an activity in the afternoon. We proposed to the whole team to go paddling and/or canoeing and then to share an aperitif together. To encourage exchange and cohesion, we made teams for the canoeing, in order to mix all the services. This was a good way of exchanging with the colleagues with whom we work the least. To conclude, this day was synonymous with cohesion, sharing, good humour and water (lots of water...)
Feedback from the team
"This afternoon was above all a meeting, the pleasure of getting together, sharing a convivial moment and discovering each other. A moment that allows us all to get together, as there are more and more of us.
"A moment of relaxation shared with colleagues, a different setting, laughter and exchanges. Everything was gathered for a moment of sharing under a beautiful sun.
"It was really cool to share moments with people you don't necessarily see every day.
"Friendly atmosphere" "Very good idea for a team building day".