The staff retreat was held on 25th -28th of November 2015 in Kalangala District. Six staff of ToroDev went for the retreat and were able to have some time to reflect on the activities of ToroDev, to plan for 2016, find ways of solving the challenges that affect the organization and also staff got skills in financial management and team building from two experts Joy Mirembe and Babirye Brenda from AKAMAI GLOBAL.
ToroDev works with a team which consists of people in a variety of skilled positions needed to implement the project activities for the organization,for any Organization to thrive, economically and socially, it is vital to bring all staff along at every stage, building a healthy corporate culture by addressing the inevitable gaps that open up between the staff and the organizations’ vision.
“Staff retreat offered staff an invaluable opportunity to
pause, step back from their everyday duties of working in the Organizations and
gain enough perspective to reflect on the organization in constructive ways.
The retreat sharpened our focus to clarify the organization’ priorities and boosted
the morale of the staff”. Amanya Sheila M&E Officer ToroDev.
During the retreat staff were taken through team building to foster communication flow, trust, disclosure and inclusiveness. Some interactive activities were done to help people feel open, creative and supportive.
“From the training during the retreat I got to know that team building enables open communication among employees and management. This can improve office relationships and in turn, the quality of work done. Team building motivates employees where by team leadership and team building go hand in hand. The more comfortable your employees are to express their ideas and opinions, the more confident they will become. This will motivate staff to take on new challenges”. Florence Baguma M&E officer ToroDev
Florence added; taking a team outside of an office setting and exposing them to new experiences will force them to think outside of their normal routine. Working together with other team members can ignite creativity and fresh ideas, which are great qualities to bring back to the office.
“In any organization a crisis can happen at any time. Team building activities that require working together to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically. Teams that are able to determine when a problem arises and know what they can do about it, can then effectively take charge when a real crisis occurs”. Kugoza David Documentation and communication Officer ToroDev
“From the training we had during the staff retreat I go to understand that team building increases the trust factor with your employees. Often in corporate settings there is a disconnect between the leadership team and employees because the employees sees a big gap between the two. Team building exercises give leadership the opportunity to be seen as a colleague rather than a boss, which can do wonders for employee morale”. Yampa Grace the accountant ToroDev
ToroDev staff attending the training during the Retreat in Kalangala
The three days retreat was a successful one and a lot of skills in financial management and team building were gained by the staff.
Special thanks to our donors, NED, SIDA, CIPESA, WOUGNET, ICT4DEM