Telavox kickoffs have always been an essential part of our employer brand. It’s been an event celebrating our journey and coming together as a team.
Telavox kickoff concept
A few years ago, our kickoff focused on going far away to destinations such as Miami, Cape Town, and Dubai. The focus was more on destinations rather than coming together. Since then, both we and the world have changed. Kickoffs are still an essential event of the year, and the celebration is still as great. However, we now do it in a more environmentally friendly way with nearby destinations or sustainable transportation. To fly 200 colleagues around the world for a few days of fun felt like we could do it in a better way.
2019, we took over the city of Kalmar. Who would have thought Kalmar would offer a fantastic event in mid-January? We rebranded the biggest hotel in Kalmar and made it to our Telavox place in 3 days with karaoke, board games, DJs, and bars. In addition, we had a pub crawl in all the pubs and restaurants in Kalmar. During the days, we focused on areas vital to us as a company: Sustainability, inclusion, and health.
In 2020 (just before covid hit the world), Telavox took our own train to Berlin to discover incredible venues, night clubs in Berlin and dug deeper into sustainability. It was four days full of fun, very little sleep, and new insights into what we, as a company, can do to minimize our carbon footprint.
Living Room Kickoff
During covid, we had to be created and design a covid friendly kickoff 100% remote. We called it “Living Room Kickoff”, named after our biggest informal chat room and where most Telavoxers took part in the kickoff from - their living room sofa. We had a digital week together focusing on Telavox’s history, strategy ahead, department focus areas, and a digital awards gala followed by a remote after-work.
After three acquisitions in 2021, it felt important to “come back to the roots” and show our new colleagues Malmö to make them feel even more welcome to Telavox. We started with a great office pre-party followed by boule games, a democratic dance floor, and good food together at Boulebar in Malmö. After a few hours of sleep, Telavoxers was (almost) ready to focus on the future of our product and rewarding conversations: A full day focusing on our product ahead, Q&A with our management team, (non-romantic) speed-dating and lego workshops. The kickoff ended at a secret destination, an old industrial building outside Malmö. We filled the last night with a beer festival, celebrated during Telavox Awards, and challenged each other in pinball or at the dancefloor. Rumors days the last kickoff party animal went to sleep after 8 o’clock the next morning… Find the kickoff movie from 2022 here.
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