The walls of an old industrial hall are covered with artful graffiti, each piece more colourful and detailed than the next. Dozens of spray cans make a whizzing sound on a slow Friday evening as street artists guide painters to use painting stencils. The group, 25 strong, painting away in the hall is Poplatek’s team and the hall is located in East Berlin.
The occasion was the annual joint X-mas trip by Poplatek and Poplatek Payments. This year, the group included newcomers Timo Yrjölä and Eeva Pohjantammi.
Well, my timing to join the company was flawless really. The whole thing was so well planned! The programme suited both experienced Berlin visitors and first-timers.
Timo Yrjölä, Software Consultant
Timo who joined Poplatek as a consultant just a few months ago. During his ten-year career, this weekend visit to Berlin is the first work-related trip that focuses solely on having fun and building the team spirit. The company had planned the trip so that afternoons were free for getting to know Berlin and evenings were reserved for the team, over good food and drinks.
– The whole thing was so well planned! The programme suited both experienced Berlin visitors and first-timers, says Timo.
Building the team spirit
From the perspective of a new employee, getting to know the entire team during a laid-back holiday was a great opportunity. Trip highlights included the joint evening get-togethers and the laser war on the last evening. The laser battle was organized in an old bunker dating back to the World Wars. Eeva, a student of software development and a Poplatek team member since June, agrees.
The whole team gave 100% in the joint programme as well as the laser battle.
Eeva Pohjantammi, Software Developer Trainee
Poplatek Payments Oy
Eeva continues her studies while working at Poplatek. She originally started working for the company as a summer worker but continued on as her skills impressed everyone. Now she is fast becoming a true professional and the joint trip to Berlin was a valuable experience.
– This was my first time in Berlin and the city overwhelmed me with its diversity. Many others had been to Berlin before so we were lucky to have expert guides from our own team”, Eeva commends.
The newcomers find that the trip had many positive outcomes, such as priceless memories and a team that pulls together even better than before.