It can be difficult to tap into our inner creativity in the structured work environment. Breaking away from daily routine and re-evaluating our processes is vital to preserving momentum in our work life. The freedom to experience new adventures and unwind in peaceful backdrops made a distinct impression on the team:
It felt like at any time I could go off with a random group to do something that sounded fun in that moment.
-A Happy Cogger
But Happy Cog didn’t place the burden of recreational planning solely on the attendees. Events promoting ingenuity and cooperation comprised the backbone of the schedule.
The boat building competition combined the beauty of the venue with the purpose of the retreat: to make connections across all vectors of Happy Cog. Randomly assigned teams were tasked with constructing a boat that could carry a captain out of purely cardboard and duct tape, with the first and second fastest teams being awarded gold and silver medals. Some of the boats may not have floated, but everyone appreciated the refreshing weather and healthy rivalry.