Employees are the most valuable assets a company has; ensuring that they are motivated and enjoy a great relationship together, team buildings remain an ideal avenue to facilitate good synergy as well as guarantee better output and productivity. Team building helps foster better and open communication between employees themselves, and also between employees and the higher management. It goes a long way in improving professional relations, understanding and co-operation. Team building makes the team, a unit and improves coordination between its members as this is one of the important goals to be achieved on the way to organizational success.


After a series of alluring and inviting uhondos, the long-awaited team building was here with us. The day was 30th November 2018. Staff are arrived at their various work stations ready to clear pending work in their in-trays, reply to pending emails and to do some light shopping ahead of travel!  Buses departed for the 45-minute drive from Nairobi Central Business District along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway in shifts, the first bus left at 4.00pm and the last at 5.30pm.

At the foot of the Lukenya Hills on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, surrounded by dry, tropical savanna scrubland, staff met a blend of luxury and nature from the arrival point.  Delightful gardens, with bright colorful flowers and towering acacia trees, which are home to hundreds of birds is what met the eye at this beautiful place. The venue, none other than, Maanzoni Lodge in Machakos County.

The lodge provided superb ambience as it was a perfect get away from the hustles and bustles of the city for some fresh air. Staff were treated to a sumptuous dinner and they took the opportunity to catch up with fellow colleagues as they dug into their meal. What followed was a briefing by the facilitators, Outburst, as well as remarks from the Managing Director, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania, who emphasized the importance of team building as a superb approach to improving productivity and motivation as it helps in breaking down barriers, eliminate distractions, and ultimately have fun hence the reason behind incorporating teambuilding into the Corporation’s training curriculum.

The following day, 1st December 2018, was fun-packed with a schedule of activities by the facilitators. Beginning with a 6.00am work-out in preparation for the day’s activities. Not even the dicey weather could derail staff morale in taking part in planned activities. After breakfast, staff proceeded to the Duma conference hall for the morning session. Being 1st December 2017, it was World AIDS Day and what better way to mark the day than a sensitization facilitated by the Kenya Re HIV/AIDS Committee.  The committee brought in two guests Ms. Grace Nasubo and her son Meshack Melau who shared personal experiences with staff on the need to get tested, prevention as well as care and treatment if tested positive. The young boy really moved staff with a super presentation of a poem that encourages testing and advocates against stigma for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Staff speaking to Re News remarked that the sensitization was very timely and a move in the right direction.

The rest of the day flowed through with diverse activities in smaller groups. The most significant activity being a competition to decorate a cake provided by the facilitators, Outburst. Staff were arranged in five different groups. A cake was provided together with dough and an aluminum foil. The rest of the items necessary to decorate the cake were placed at a central table for staff to pick. Here’s the trick! The rules of the game stipulated that every group only uses two items at a go and no group should use any two items for more than three minutes. Staff really put in their creative wits in decorating their cakes in the very little time and resources given!  All cakes looked wonderful but the owners of the winning cake, had to be crowned. Team Victors it was! They made a nice cake in symbolic commemoration of the day’s event, World AIDS Day. The team thereafter donated their cake to Ms Grace Nasubo and her son, Meshack Melau. This competition was different! There were no losers! All teams remained behind to cut and munch on their cakes!

Then came the night of a thousand stars, the Christmas party. Staff came adorned in the 70s style of the night! Ladies came beautifully dressed in big wigs, bell-bottoms, frayed jeans, midi skirts, and ankle-length maxi dresses. Men on the other hand were elegantly dressed in bell bottom pants, flared jeans as well as 70s capes and shirts.

The Managing Director, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania, in his remarks noted that his speech was reflective of how the year has been for the Corporation; recapping negatives and positives that the Corporation has been through.  He reiterated the need for staff to work together towards achievement of set targets and goals. He also took the opportunity to welcome new staff who have joined the Corporation on contractual and permanent terms and wished them the best as they settled down in their new roles.

The emcees of the night, Yvonne Mwancha, Joel Irungu and Mwangi Chege aka Mwas (of Outburst) were in check to ensure staff remain as entertained as possible through winning of raffles and airtime, dancing to music of the various ages sets and of course some good dose of laughter! The Christmas Party Committee also took the opportunity to unveil winners of various categories voted in by staff. The various awards went to:

·         Alcohol & Drug Abuse Mainstreaming Committee (ADA) which was awarded Committee of the Year and credited for implementing initiatives aligned to their mandate.

·          The department of the year went to the Records & Archives Department which was applauded for quick turnaround time in availing requested files/records.

·         Mr. Patrick Amonde was crowned Employee of the Year for his monumental commitment to his work duties especially when staff sought travel clearances. He always went out of his way to ensure that the concerned staff get assisted in time to travel.

·         Best dressed gentleman went to Mr. Adams Koome while best dressed lady went to Mrs. Rose Waganda.

·         The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Mainstreaming Committee (ADA) also recognized the efforts of Ms. Lina Nyaga, Mr. James Mburu and Ms. Mary Mwendwa in supporting the Committee’s mandate.

The official event ended at around 12.30am and staff took to the dance floor to shake a leg and celebrate the hard work put in through the year! What a colossal end to 2018! Until next year, Adios!






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