When it comes to offering traditional perks to employees, Caiman Consulting does things a little differently. One of Caiman Consulting’s time honored traditions is to host its Annual Company Meeting in a tropical location for all employees and their significant others. Earlier this year, that location was the Big Island of Hawaii for four days in late October. By sponsoring a trip to Hawaii, Caiman goes above and beyond the traditional workplace perks like reserved parking spaces and communal drink fridges (to be fair, we don’t even have an office) and provides its employees with an opportunity to mingle outside of work, collaborate and share ideas for the coming year, and most importantly, a chance to escape the deteriorating fall weather of the Pacific Northwest.
The first order of business upon arrival in Hawaii on Thursday (after receiving a complimentary lei necklace of course) was to take a minute to adjust to the stinging rays of the sun; a phenomenon so rare in Seattle that our skin immediately shifted from a pearly white hue to a bright pink luster, skipping the bronze phase completely. That evening, Caiman hosted a welcome happy hour at the Lava Lava Beach Club, a restaurant situated against the backdrop of a sparkling white sand beach. After a brief welcome from our leadership team, everyone enjoyed a night of appetizers, cocktails, and mingling amidst the setting sun that shone brightly through the distant palm fronds.
Friday morning was all about business and the reason for our transpacific company excursion: the Caiman Annual Meeting. Directors, Senior Managers, and consultants alike presented financial updates, progress on current projects, and new initiatives for the coming year. To decompress from the litany of financial charts and status updates, everyone was able to unwind later that evening at the company dinner held at the Three Fat Pigs restaurant in Waikoloa Village.
The pièce de résistance of the weekend occurred on Saturday as Caiman hosted an all-day beach outing at the idyllic Spencer Beach Park on the northwestern shores of the island, complete with catered traditional Hawaiian fare as well as surf and beach toys for everyone to enjoy throughout the day. While some chose to soak up the rays by reading a book on the beach, others took to the ocean on paddleboards and followed the circuitous paths of a few local sea turtles swimming near the surface.
In addition to the business and social events hosted by Caiman over the weekend, there was ample free time for employees to explore the island and experience all it had to offer; several employees were able to scuba dive with manta rays while others ventured to the volcano and felt the heat emanating from a river of flowing lava.
We might add, for the record, that Caiman’s employees are not the only ones who recognize the value of our annual company meeting. It has garnered the attention of several national business publications such as the Puget Sound Business Journal, which recognized Caiman Consulting as one of Washington’s Best Workplaces in 2013, and Consulting Magazine considers Caiman Consulting as the 7th Best Small Firms to work for.
When it comes to providing employee perks, few companies can provide the type of experience, employee community building, and long lasting memories the way Caiman Consulting can do with the annual company meeting. Even though we are still shaking the sand out of our travel bags, we cannot help but already look forward to next year’s adventure.