As a tech company with a presence in markets nationwide, a lot of our work happens online and it’s great for everyday operations of the business. However, no amount of Slack messages or Zoom calls can create the connection, dare we say, magic, that occurs when we can all come together in person. That’s why twice a year, we all get together in one of our markets for a team retreat.
Instead of a normal holiday party, we prefer to kick off each new year with what we call Ignite—a multi-day retreat full of team bonding, education, inspiration, and yes… a party for the books! (We are in the hospitality business, after all.) We hit the jackpot with 2022’s Ignite, as the event was entirely casino-themed.
The focus of this year’s event was on relationships. At the start of 2021, Qwick had just 19 employees. One year later, in January of 2022, that number had risen to 169 employees, with 93 of those being full-time. With a team that had grown 789% in the last 12 months, there was no shortage of new people to meet, friendships to be formed, stories to be told, and memories to be created. As always, we got to work. Er, play… Watch the video below and you can be the judge!
All in all, Ignite was a monumental three days of relationship building and a fantastic celebration of the culture that makes Qwick the amazing place to work that it is. An experience of this scale takes incredible planning, dedication, and hard work to pull off, and we can’t thank our team and partners enough for making this dream a reality.