October 17, 2022

The Value of Coming Together in the Remote World


In today’s day and age, remote work is becoming altogether the norm for businesses across the globe. The pandemic showed us the value of utilizing online tools to collaborate and continue to deliver the best work possible for Push10 clients. It also showed us the value of expanding our talent pool beyond the borders of Philadelphia, PA, where the agency began. Our talented Push10 team has grown to span the United States, with team members joining all the way from Seattle, WA to Tampa, FL. 

While remote collaboration has its advantages, it can’t completely replace the value of in-person connection. That’s why our Push10 team came together for a two-day retreat in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina for some quality face-to-face time.

Day One

The Push10 team arrived by trains, planes and automobiles (OK, there were no trains, but two of us did carpool!), and we convened at our home away from home for the next two days, The Ryder

Charleston’s newest boutique hotel offered all the amenities needed for a successful team-building weekend, including a fabulous restaurant and bar, perfectly sized pool, bohemian vibes and endless coffee. 

The first official team activity was happy hour at The Little Palm, The Ryder’s breezy poolside cafe and cocktail bar offering fresh, vibrant cocktails and seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes to explore. 

Many of our team were meeting in-person for the first time since joining Push10, others have worked side-by-side for years. Some team members were taller than expected; others bonded over a shared love of true crime podcasts. All of us enjoyed the drinks, food and much-needed camaraderie.

Day Two

The next day, our team gathered in the hospitality suite at The Ryder, which offered the perfect modern look and laid-back vibes we needed for a little photo shoot during our working sessions. 

After an overview of financials from our President and Founding Partner Greg Henry, Partner and Chief Creative Officer Sabrina Pfautz took us through our vision and goals for the coming year.

Each department formed a breakout group to list and share accomplishments for the past year, which included streamlining our onboarding process for new employees and adding additional tools to our repertoire to better serve clients, among others.

Then we mixed up into new groups to tackle brainstorming ways we can improve various aspects of our work at Push10, from improving the client experience to showcasing our company culture. 

As hard as we work at Push10, we also like to play.

When in Charleston, there’s no shortage of incredible food and drinks to sample. Given that many in our group are self-proclaimed foodies, and many of us enjoy an adult beverage (or three), we were in our element. Our teams had the opportunity to spend the afternoon on either an historic pub tour or a culinary tour around the city, yet another opportunity to build relationships.

The grand finale of the retreat included a sumptuous four-course dinner at 82 Queen, a powerhouse in Charleston’s culinary community. There’s nothing more meaningful than sharing a meal together, and the restaurant provided the perfect intimate setting with our own private dining room.

Until Next Time

Our retreat weekend offered an opportunity to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future. The success of our agency depends on our team, and when our team is able to spend quality time together, connecting over common interests and understanding each others unique talents, our bond grows stronger.

We left Charleston feeling encouraged and inspired to show up each day and bring our best for our coworkers and our clients.

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