How Ultimate Beauty boosted connection among team members in the wilderness of the Serbian mountain

“When we aimed to align our team with our company vision, the Serbian mountainside provided the perfect backdrop, infusing our team with energy and enthusiasm for the journey ahead!" - Kenneth Hellem, CPO, Ultimate Beauty

ABOUT ULTIMATE BEAUTY

Ultimate Beauty is an e-commerce company that puts people first. Matteo Lombardi, the founder, has been looking for products to sell around the world and grew the company from his home office to a remote giant that sells millions of dollars of products per year. 

IMPACT ON TEAM DYNAMICS AND PRODUCTIVITY

The retreat theme was "Ultimate Connection". This was the team's first gathering in person and the focus was on creating personal bonds. For Ultimate Beauty, hosting a retreat in the Serbian mountains was a great way to build a sense of community and get everyone on the same page with the company's vision. 

TRANSFORMING TEAM DYNAMICS

Recognizing the importance of personal connections in building a cohesive team, the retreat's purpose was to bond. Coming together in an unconventional setting, the understanding and strengthened relationships started forming.

PRIOR RETREAT PLANNING EXPERIENCE

Being new to the whole concept of bringing the company together, the Ultimate Beauty team needed expert guidance on how to structure and where to hold their retreat. They got in touch with us because they recognized that having a professional retreat planner would help them achieve their retreat goals. With team members in countries with challenging visa regulations (Russia, South America), it was important to pick a venue that would cater to all nationalities but also to the retreat goal.

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DISCOVERING ONSITEHUB

IFT discovered OnsiteHub through a Google search and was impressed by our expertise and innovative approach to event planning. Following an introductory call with Milana, it became evident that OnsiteHub's services would be invaluable in orchestrating a successful all-hands event.

MAIN STRUGGLES AND CHALLENGES

The Ultimate Beauty team, being highly distributed, was concerned about their first offsite. They rely on our expert guidance, especially for employees from passport weak countries. We ensured a smooth process and chose a location that accommodated everyone.

INITIAL CONCERNS AND EXPERIENCE WITH OUR TEAM

Ultimate Beauty initially had concerns about outsourcing retreat planning but was impressed by our team's proactive approach, excellent communication, and attention to detail. Throughout the planning process, they were positively surprised by the streamlined processes which allowed the internal team to truly relax and enjoy their time together.

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From location scouting to onsite support, our team seamlessly integrated with Ultimate Beauty's vision, ensuring a memorable and impactful retreat experience for all involved.

Retreat overview and activities

"The Serbian mountains are a perfect location for various activities, but the ones the team absolutely loved were the salsa class and Pisco night. We also enjoyed spending time in nature, so the hiking tour was perfect."
Olga Mamycheva,
People Operations, Ultimate Beauty
Country Olympics: Fun way to compete and bond in nature.
Hike with picnic: Surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Pisco Mixology Class: Learning cocktail making.
Salsa Class: Team bonding through dance and rhythm.
Yoga Class: Relaxing and connecting in a serene setting.
Farewell Party: Enjoying the time together until the next retreat time.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The retreat in the Serbian mountains was a big success, leaving participants feeling inspired and more connected than ever before. As Ultimate Beauty looks to the future, they are confident that the lessons learned and bonds forged during the retreat will continue to drive their success and innovation in the beauty and wellness industry. 

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