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Touchwork Jonkershuis Lunch and Team-build Outing My Life 06 SEP 2011

Whilst I’m still barred from blogging regarding my work here at Touchwork, I always enjoy mentioning the few times we get to let down our hair and enjoy ourselves, like last Friday’s first Touchwork team lunch since the sales and marketing division joined, coupled with a clever little team-building session thought up by Rory and Robyn who had been tasked with organizing the whole event.

Having navigated through the morning’s various disasters (things always seem to go wrong on days when you plan not to be in the office!), the team eventually left around 12:00 and made their way through Constantia to the renowned Groot Constantia Wine Estate, where we successfully located our target of the Jonkershuis Constantia Eatery.

We had booked out one of the entertainment/conference rooms in the old classic Cape Dutch style farm buildings, with a huge roaring fire to ensure it remained cosy and four tables arranged in a square so that we could all be seated facing one another. A seating plan had already been drawn up in order to split the divisions and the four at each table then automatically became a team for the upcoming team-build events. As it turned out, I was placed in a team with John (marketing manager), Disha (QA tester) and Theo (sales guy).

After an introductory talk from Rory, the teams leapt straight into battle over 30 Seconds, with two teams featuring Sven and Rudi quickly proving to be the top dogs in that arena, whilst Rory’s troops and our team battled not to be last! The game was interrupted by the arrivals of starters, and I must comment that my beef teriyaki was simply divine! 30 Seconds continued until mains were served, and again the food (I had the steak) was absolutely fabulous, as was the conversation from the now warmed up crowd! :)

Lunch was followed up by the next fun task, this time with Robyn and Rory surprising us all by pulling out the Lego sets and setting us an initial task of building a bridge within a given time limit that needed to be strong enough to hold Robyn’s weighty iPhone without collapsing, but with the added criteria of being the longest and tallest in order to take top honours! This task was loads of fun (I must have been a kid the last time I touched any Lego!) and despite murmurings of foul play due to prior build plans, Rory and Robyn’s team easily walked off with the win.

The second task was even more fun, with the goal being to build the highest Lego tower, which was stable enough to stand upright for a minimum of 10 seconds in front of the office fan which had been hauled along for the ride. After some last minute corporate espionage to get the winning height right, our team actually won the challenge, weighing in with an impressively tall structure which was as solid as a rock in front of the fan!

All this fun was then followed up by dessert, which was pretty funny because there was a lot of dessert swapping going on as guys conveniently forgot what they had pre-ordered during the week, though I was luckily able to secure the chocolate bread pudding which I HAD ordered off the menu, and once again, I have to admit that it was absolutely delicious. Seriously, I can’t say anything bad about their food or service whatsoever! :)

A cheese platter with coffee, combined with the prize giving rounded out the day long event, I won a beautifully plain teal coffee cup in case you were wondering, before everyone finally decided to call it a day and abandon ship. A quick stop to drop Disha off at her house, and then it was the long road back to Gordon’s Bay, with me ready for a nice quite night with Jessie and Chantelle, followed by an early bedtime – because yes, I did have a little bit too much wine and beer in the system, let’s not lie about that! ;)

So thanks once again to Rudi, Rory and Robyn for organizing and hosting such a successful Touchwork outing!

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TouchWork: Day 1 My Life 03 DEC 2008

TouchWorkMonday morning and I woke up feeling as fresh and bright as a daisy, got dressed, jumped into the car and hit the long road to Westlake, Tokai, eager to get cracking at my first day on the job as a TouchWork employee.

Cautious as ever, I had left a good hour and a half before my start time of 08:30, expecting at least a decent amount of resistance in the form of traffic on a route which I simply know nothing about. With that said, you can therefore imagine my surprise when I rocked up in Muizenberg at about 07:45, leaving me scratching my head and stopping off at the local Seven Eleven to purchase a cooldrink just to kill some time.

A phone call to Chantelle, a stop to finish my cooldrink, and a brisk morning stroll around the business park was enough to do the trick and at 08:30 I proudly entered through the Spintelligent building’s doors, only to be stopped dead in my tracks by the discovery that TouchWork was no longer based there!


(apparently Rory had sent me an email informing me about this move, but ’till this day where it ended up remains a complete and utter mystery!)

Luckily one of the guys there was good enough to fill me in on which direction to point the Jetta’s nose in and I was soon heading back into Muizenberg, screeching around some corners until I finally arrived at my rather unassuming destination. Though I’m not sure that you can call a residential house with a great big unfinished two storey extension sticking out of its side ‘unassuming’ I suppose!

It would seem that Rory’s once destined Home Entertainment Room (or warehouse as I like to think of it) is going to be TouchWork’s headquarters for the next couple of months while they complete the process of acquiring a new office building – something I’m certainly in no particular hurry for now that I’m so nicely settled in I tell you! :)

Anyway, day 1 turned out to be a pretty much meet and greet affair (including lunch with the FD and CEO), with a whole lot of talking, discussions and learning going on for basically the whole day. It sounds like there is a lot of work to be done and problems to be fixed, and it seems like I’m going to be playing quite a big role in sorting some of those issues out – so some exciting challenges to look forward to, that’s for sure!

So, so far so good, that’s all I can say.

Love the setup, love the people, looking forward to the work. Looks like I couldn’t have made any better choice in selecting my brand new employment of choice! :)

Ooh, forgot to mention that I’ve got a pretty sweet rig to work on thrown in as well. Oh, and a comfy (and OH so stylish) chair. Mustn’t forget the chair I tell you!