Not many organizations devote an entire week to teambuilding. But here at UTEC, given the nature of our work and the many facets of our integrated programming, a full week of teambuilding is essential to our culture and values.
Every year during the last week of August, UTEC suspends its normal operations and devotes five days to a wide range of teambuilding activities, icebreakers, and interactive presentations so that all staff members understand the mission, the goals and objectives of UTEC’s program model, and the various programs and departments – all while getting to know each other both personally and professionally.
The primary reason for the many teambuilding and icebreaker activities throughout the week is to allow relatively new staff and seasoned staff to connect in various ways, some entertaining and some quite serious. These activities are especially important for our new team of AmeriCorps members, who serve side-by-side with staff and our young adults throughout the coming year.
The many informational presentations are often interactive so that staff across the organization can better understand each program and department and how it fits into bigger picture. For instance, to preview UTEC’s new early childhood education center (2Gen Center @ UTEC) the staff engaged in actual preschool learning activities: reading story books, doing a science activity, and creating structures out of various materials. For the Woodworking presentation, staff members were tasked with building wooden boxes from scratch. There was plenty of active learning going on throughout this week!
As part of his “History of UTEC” presentation, Executive Director Gregg Croteau led the entire staff on a walking tour of downtown Lowell to visit UTEC’s former sites, including the original space that UTEC borrowed from St. Anne’s Episcopal Church (photo at right). We appreciate all of our community partners who have been part of our team over the years.
Source: Lowell Sun