We sat down with Channable’s onboarding team to get insight into how the Utrecht Photo Challenge upgraded their onboarding experience.
ONBOARDING AT CHANNABLE
THE FIRST DAY
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
“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
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.
Once they reach the finish line, all teams get to enjoy a drink together while their points are counted. Last but not least, they get to keep their Polaroids, which make for hilarious office decoration.
CHANNABLE X UTRECHT PHOTO CHALLENGE
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
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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At the finish line in the local pub, Jaume and his team sat down 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.”
READY TO GIVE YOUR ONBOARDING AN UPGRADE?
Do you, too, want to make your new starters’ first day an unforgettable one?