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International teams are so rewarding

Published: 2022-05-19 09:07

Team members come and go and team sizes varies, but one thing that is constant at Essity IT is that the teams are definitely multinational! Teams are spread out over the continents but no one is usually further away than a teams call. The highlight of the year is definitely the face-to-face meetings! Unfortunately, due to the pandemic it’s been a while but now life is starting to return to more normality. Who knows what’s around the corner?

Most of the team members in the “Network Technical Services” team are based in Sweden, so the other members are usually flying in from US, Mexico, Germany, France and Slovakia. The last event took place at hotel MJ’s in Malmö, a very kitschy place with a penchant for flamingos as you can see in the picture.

Work hard play hard

There are always some full days with the entire team sitting together to focus on what is important for us as a team, challenges ahead and of course how we can improve both as a team and as individuals. We usually have some external guests sharing “what’s what” and doing those, sometimes cringeworthy but mostly hilarious, team exercises that I’m sure you’ve all been a part of on several occasions…

The real teamwork takes place after hours though!

That is when you get the chance to really sit down and talk and connect with your colleagues and discuss other things than work. In my opinion, it is absolutely essential that teams – international or otherwise – get to do this on a regular basis. It is really the key to build successful teams that work well together and enjoy what they do.

I remember there was an unusual heatwave that time in Malmö and we had booked an evening escape room event at “Sherlocked”. It was often pitch black, absolutely roasting but great fun and through excellent teamwork we surely did escape with a huge bag of Mrs Hudson lost jewelry!

We may look lost but it was pitch black. Here is Torbjörn, Dieter, Anna och Lovisa from NTS

That’s all for me folks, thank you for reading! If you missed my earlier blogposts you can find them here: The winds of change – Life at Essity – Sweden and What do I really do for work? – Life at Essity – Sweden

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