Annual team building staff retreats have multiple benefits as they lead to creativity, strong team building, better leadership, best coordination, improved productivity and lasting bonding for effective service delivery.

As the part of its annual work plan, Alight Pakistan arranged the two-day annual team building retreat on October 14-15, 2020 for entire staff based in the head office (Islamabad) and the regional offices teams across Pakistan in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The Human Resource Department and Programme Department took the lead in managing and arranging the annual retreat.

The annual retreat kick-started with dinner on October 14, 2020 at a local restaurant in Islamabad. All the Alight staffers started to converge at the venue right at the scheduled time. All the participants seated in at around 7:30 pm. A round of introduction provided an opportunity to the participants to personally know one another followed by the dinner. A few of the colleagues cracked jokes and sang songs as well.

The second day of the annual team building retreat really reflected the team building efforts. All the staffers were divided into eight teams reflecting geographical diversity as well as gender sensitivity.

The scavenger hunt activity was aimed at demonstrating teams efforts in their work, leadership, coordination, communications and time management. The blind fold activity also provided an opportunity as to how proper communication could enhance productivity while similar efforts reflected in inflating multiple balloons and searching them with respective person’s name after mixing them in the room.

Another team building activity was exhibited by the participants being blind folded and following the instructions of their leader in converting themselves into various mathematical shapes while holding a piece of rope. Likewise, a host of activities actually revived the spirt of team building, leadership, communication, coordination and service delivery. Last but the least was the tug of war activity which also tested the physical powers of the teams.

Dr. Tariq Cheema, Country Representative, Alight Pakistan, in his remarks at the conclusion of the two-day activity reiterated that we should focus on serving the communities and every one of us must put in concerted efforts in transforming the lives of the teeming millions. He said that there are hundreds of thousands of the under-privileged communities’ members who deserve more attention and resources and we must focus on their well-being.