The recipe for strong teams: A taste of Support’s memorable team-building events

Organizing a team building can be a pretty straightforward task. You call up the local paintball spot, cover the expenses, and let your team settle the score with paint guns in their hands.

It may not be an option that fits everyone, but it turns out to be the best “already prepared” event that your team could find. While it can be quite a bit of fun, depending on your team, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. 

This brings up a question – How do you create a team building that floats everyone’s boat? Considering that FishingBooker’s Support Team has a long history of team building that made others in the company say: “I wish I was there!” you might find our approach interesting.

Don’t book events, create your own!

No single person is exactly alike in a team, especially bigger ones. Every team member has their own unique hobby, interest or talent. By identifying these passions, you have a better chance of constructing an event that can truly inspire people to engage and express themselves.

Looking at FishingBooker’s Support Team, we have people who enjoy painting, photography, cooking, baking, and the list goes on and on. So, we already have a solid idea of what we could do on the team building, but how do we spice it up?

With competition, of course! Every Support Team Supervisor has their own direct reports, so it’s a battle of the minds, brushes and dough to see who’s group can come out on top. Truthfully though, it sounds a bit more extreme than in reality. The purpose of competition is to add a nice little extra touch to the festivities. 

So, with all of this talk about hobbies, talents and interests, we booked a beautiful house with a lakeside view. For the first part of our stay, we sparked up a sort of rustic, old-school vibe where the gentle strings of bossa nova transported us into 19th-century Portugal. We just had to ignore the 10 laptops that were scattered across the house.

Expression sets the mood for conversation

Did you know that Anabelle from the Support Team went to art school? Well, now you do! This was also an opportunity for her team members to learn this fact about her. By having events and activities tailored to your team specifically, you open up opportunities for conversations to occur that might never happen in the office.

Painting wasn’t the only activity that showcased a different edge for Support team members. Niko also showed off some impressive cooking skills as he tackled the task of making some homemade ravioli, where his background in catering shined like a bright star.

Mouth already watering? Read on for more dishes that came freshly plated from the Support Team’s kitchen!

Unique and usable merch creates long-lasting memories

When you hear the word merch, you probably just imagine a white T-shirt with a company logo on it. That’s not how we do things at FishingBooker’s Support Team! 

To make this team building one to remember, we also created custom-made aprons whos design incorporates:

  • Our three main activities – painting, making ravioli, and making pizza
  • Fishing – what our company does
  • A cheeky but light-hearted attitude that flows through our team

It’s not just about making the design unique though. You should also aim for it to be visually appealing and something your team members would probably wear regardless of the occassion. If you can make the merch fit the occassion, add a sprinkle of fun on top of the design, then you’re guaranteed to have a long-lasting memory of your team building experience!

Why rush when you can take it easy?

Ultimately, it’s all about winding down and having some time to relax with your colleagues. That’s why you shouldn’t try to cram everything into a single day, and preferably find a soothing spot somewhere in nature.

Our approach was to rent out a house for two nights, which gave us more than enough time to make the ravioli, pizza and do some painting along with just relaxing and talking. Any type of activity automatically gets an enjoyment boost when done in nature – Just take a look at what Maria had going on her canvas.

A two night-stay really gives your team all of the breathing room needed to actually participate and enjoy the activities. Team building should be a care-free experience, and all of the effort put into thinking up the activities could go to waste if people are just way too tired to do everything in one day.

The bottom line

At the end of the day, you should provide team members with the opportunity to connect. By creating custom tailored activities, you’re creating an environment that allows everyone to express a non-work related side of themselves.

Add on top of that enough time to relax and enjoy the fruits (pizzas) of everyone’s labor, and you have the perfect recipe for a memorable experience.

We’re not trying to say you should copy us if your team isn’t into cooking or painting. But hey – take a look at Niko and tell us it isn’t the perfect combination.

Would like to join the Support team? Have a look at the position requirements and express your interest by clicking here.


Razvoj Karijere — Iz Četiri Zida do Team Leada

A man and a woman sitting on a boat on a sunny

Kada govorimo o tome šta je magnet koji zadržava zaposlene u kompaniji, na pamet prvo padaju vrhunska plata, odličan tim i izazovni projekti. Uglavnom se kao bitni faktori pridodaju i menadžment koji ima viziju, stabilnost kompanije, savremene tehnologije i atraktivni benefiti.

Ono što često nije dovoljno u fokusu je karijerni razvoj u kompaniji. U FishingBooker-u smatramo da je on podjednako bitan aspekt koji jedna kompanija treba da pruži. Jasna trajektorija po kojoj zaposleni može da se kreće i razvija je u direktnoj korelaciji sa njegovim zadovoljstvom — samim tim i sa vremenom koje će provesti u firmi. 

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Čedo, porodični čovek i Lead Engineer u FishingBooker-u

Menjanje posla je jedan od stresnijih događaja u životu, pogotovo ako imate malo dete kod kuće i prelazite u firmu koja postoji svega nekoliko godina. Tada, kao senior inženjer i novopečeni tata, napustio sam stabilnu i uspešnu firmu i pridružio se mladim ljudima sa vizijom i željom da zajedno rastemo. Danas, sa gotovo 10 puta većim timom i 25 puta većim prihodima, FishingBooker je izrastao u mesto koje je prevazišlo sva moja očekivanja.

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Identity, Stability, Lifestyle: Why FishingBooker’s Diaspora Decided to Stay

FishingBooker Recruiter Vedrana Gnjatić knows there’s one question she’ll never be able to avoid when she tells people that she relocated from Australia back to the Balkans: “But why?!”

“Serbians who were born and raised here, and haven’t lived elsewhere, automatically know that I’m not ‘one of them,’ even though I speak the language and was raised with plenty of Balkan culture in my household,” she says. “People have reacted in all sorts of ways – from slight confusion to straight-up asking what’s wrong with me for coming back!”

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Debugging Gender Stereotypes – FishingBooker’s Female Coders

Walk the corridors of FishingBooker’s offices, and one thing you’ll notice is the mixture of people around you. We base our operations in Serbia, and our employees come from as far afield as Russia, Peru, Australia, just to name a few.

When it comes to the distribution of men and women, it can look like some departments are even intentionally counteracting the “typical” gender balance for that field. Nowhere more so than in the Engineering Team.

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Things I Never Thought I’d Learn from Living in Belgrade

Moving from a small, relatively-unknown town in the middle of England to a small, relatively-unknown country in the middle of Southeast Europe wasn’t something that I ever thought I’d end up doing. I also never thought I’d end up working as a Partner Content Specialist for the world’s largest online platform for booking fishing trips (“the AirBnB of fishing!”, I still often tell my bemused dad). 

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Young Expats Are Kicking Off Their Careers in Successful Serbian Startups

Belgrade has long been known for its friendly people, pastry shops, varied architecture, and nightlife. In the nineties, its reputation suffered; but during the last century, the city has reinvented itself, casting away its status as a failing, former communist capital and becoming one of the region’s most significant cultural and economic hubs.

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“I’m Sold” – The Story of a Serbian Engineer’s Journey to Head of Sales at FishingBooker

It’s just over a year since Steve Koncar joined FishingBooker – a startup that, true to its name, books fishing trips all across the globe. Over that time, he has helped the company double the number of partner captains on the website. At the same time, he is constantly looking out for new areas of growth.

I manage to briefly tear Steve away from his phone and he tells me about the job that gets him doing business with passionate fishermen everywhere from Fiji to California.

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From Oxford To Belgrade: How I Landed My Perfect Job Where I Least Expected It

When I tell people in the UK that I’m living in Serbia, their reaction is usually fairly predictable. It ranges from the mystified “is that in Russia?” to the concerned “is there still a war on?” to the downright dismissive “my husband drove through there on the way back from Greece. He said it was awful”.

When I tell Serbs I am working here, they are often equally disgruntled. Like many countries in South and Central Europe, Serbia has a serious problem with unemployment. This has resulted in a brain drain of some of the country’s most ambitious young people, who are fed up with the clunky bureaucracy and nepotism that is rife in most of the country’s largest companies and go abroad to look for brighter opportunities elsewhere. This means the idea of a foreigner coming to Belgrade from the safe haven of Oxford University can take some getting used to. It just isn’t usually done.

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