SUCCESS STORY: CHANNABLE X UTRECHT PHOTO CHALLENGE

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Utrecht-based startup Channable has incorporated the Utrecht Photo Challenge into their employee onboarding program, for new employees to get to know each other and the city in a fun way.

We sat down with Channable’s onboarding team to get insight into how the Utrecht Photo Challenge upgraded their onboarding experience.

ONBOARDING AT CHANNABLE

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Channable is a fast-growing IT startup based in Utrecht, Netherlands. To further develop their business internationally, Channable hires around 5 to 10 new colleagues from all over the world on a monthly basis. Even though they’re scaling up, Channable puts a lot of care into integrating new colleagues on a personal level and giving them an onboarding experience they won’t forget. For instance, new hires are always coupled with a ‘buddy’, and CEO Rob van Nuenen personally welcomes new employees by telling them the company’s story.

THE FIRST DAY

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On their first morning, new colleagues receive an introduction to the company culture and structure. After lunch, they dive right into Channable’s product and its functionalities. Very useful, but a lot of new information to take in!

According to Marloes van Overhagen, HR Manager at Channable, “We started noticing that the first day was quite intense for new hires and the information that was given at the end of the afternoon didn’t stick too well.”

SHAKING THINGS UP

To make the first day on the job less information-heavy, Channable’s onboarding team decided to wrap up the first day of training at the beginning of the afternoon.

“We wanted to add a fun activity to the end of our new hires’ first day, so that they could get to know each other and relax after a day full of new information,” Marloes explains. “That’s how we decided on the Utrecht Photo Challenge, which really ticks all of our boxes.”

THE UTRECHT PHOTO CHALLENGE

The Utrecht Photo Challenge is a 2-hour city game in the beautiful city center of Utrecht.

Players are divided into teams whose goal is to find the hidden locations and recreate the model pictures as well as possible with a Polaroid camera. The challenges in the pictures make it fun for both locals and those who are new to the city. Players get to keep their Polaroids, which make for hilarious office decoration.

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CHANNABLE X UTRECHT PHOTO CHALLENGE

We have partnered up with Channable to add a tailored monthly Photo Challenge to their onboarding day. Thanks to our onboarding package, Channable’s HR team doesn’t need to worry about booking a spot each month or settling on an exact number of participants beforehand. We take all of the planning off of Channable’s hands and provide their new hires with a fun activity to end their first day with a bang!
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According to Marloes, the city game has been a great way for new colleagues to bond.

Months later, I still see colleagues who played the Utrecht Photo Challenge together sit side by side at the lunch table!

The way that our challenge gets internationals acquainted with their new home town is a huge benefit to Channable. “We believe that if our colleagues connect with their new city, they’ll be happier here and stay longer,” Marloes explains. “With the Utrecht Photo Challenge, they get to know the city right on their first day at work.”

WHAT NEW HIRES SAY

One of the things new colleagues often mention about Channable’s onboarding is how playing the Utrecht Photo Challenge has been a way to break the ice.

According to Jaume, Spanish Software Developer who moved to Utrecht for work, “Ending the day with the Utrecht Photo Challenge added a lot to my first experience at Channable. Finding the locations and solving the clues was fun, and it was a good opportunity to build memories with my colleagues during the onboarding. We even laughed so much at one of our (failed) pictures that our stomachs started hurting!”

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The finish line is in a super central location, so after playing, Jaume and his team went to the Irish pub for a few drinks. “We all came from different departments, with different backgrounds and interests. The time we spent together at the end of the challenge allowed us to get to know each other while enjoying some beers.”

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READY TO GIVE YOUR ONBOARDING AN UPGRADE?

We provide Channable with a consistent, reliable, and, most of all, fun team-building activity for their new hires to get to know each other and the city in a spontaneous way.

Do you, too, want to give your new starters an unforgettable first experience?

Any questions or requests? Contact us, we are happy to discuss your needs!

5X THINGS TO DO IN UTRECHT DURING CORONA

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One year into the pandemic, we’re all struggling with Covid fatigue. The virus has completely disrupted our social lives, and our mental health is significantly impacted. To survive this crisis, it is essential to get out of the house and engage in (Corona-proof) activities.


Are you out of ideas for things to do in Utrecht during Corona? In this blog post, we have listed our favorite Corona proof activities in Utrecht. Just remember to make it home before curfew!

1. Go out on the water with the Airbnb for boats

If you ask us, sailing through the canals is definitely one of the best Corona-proof activities in Utrecht. You’re probably familiar with a few companies that rent out boats, but did you know there was a fun alternative? Many Utrechters own their own boat, which they rent out to fellow citizens. Whether you’re into sloops, yachts, or speedboats, you’ll find your pick on Barqo.co

2. Recreate the restaurant experience at home

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If we can’t go to the restaurant, then why not bring the dining experience to our homes? Many Utrecht-based restaurants have developed a dedicated ‘stay at home’ menu during Corona. Next to great food, restaurants Blij and Se7en even deliver candles and the QR code to their own Spotify playlist to your doorstep. Grab a good bottle of wine, light the candles, and create a memorable evening with your loved one(s).

3. Walk around the ‘singel’ with ‘Man Man Man de Podcast’

Are you bored with your walking routine? Then it’s time to add ‘Man Man Man de podcast’ to the mix. Bring your headphones and listen to this hilarious Utrecht-made podcast. We dare you to hold back your laughter! Podcasts are a great way to learn a language, so if you’re not fluent in Dutch yet, this could be great for you too.

A walk around the singel takes about 1,5 hours, just long enough for two episodes. Our favorites are ‘eten en drinken’ and ‘vakantie’. But feel free to start at the beginning 😉

4. Go for a BBQ at Wilhelminapark

Utrecht has several beautiful parks, but the Wilhelminapark is THE place to be. When the weather allows for it, locals head up to Wilhelminapark to soak up the sun. Get a few chilled beers and a disposable BBQ at the Albert Heijn around the corner and blend in with small groups of friends and students. Pro tip: if you go to the park in the evening, claim a spot on the East side, where you’ll get the longest time of sunshine.

5. Play the Utrecht Photo Challenge

With summer around the corner, you can’t wait to get out and enjoy the city. But what options are you left with during Corona? With the Utrecht Photo Challenge, you’ll experience the city in a whole new way: by playing a game.

The goal of the challenge? Find the 10 locations, armed with the perfect urban explorer tools: a map and a retro Polaroid camera. For each location, you’ll have one model picture to recreate. Make your team members strike and capture the scene! The extra challenges in the game surely make it exciting for locals too.

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The game takes about 2 hours, after which you’ll get to enjoy a drink together with your team. Last but not least, you get to keep your own polaroids.

During Corona, the Utrecht-based city game can be booked for groups that are part of one household. So grab your chance and book this Corona proof activity together with your housemates! Check utrechtphotochallenge.com for more info.

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