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TeamZestard Picnic (Apr 2016)

The benefits of a company picnic are significant, and can reach far beyond the single day’s activities. Well, we never think too technically when it comes to enjoying with our Teammates!

Yes, after a long… most awaited day of Picnic was spent well with zest and zeal by TeamZestard at the Picnic held on 9th April 2016 for Thol Lake and Serenity Pastures. This was a real fun we are still mesmerized with! & Finally, a long awaited photo album of our picnic is ready to enjoy… which certainly portrays splendid glimpse of freakish enjoyment as kids do. Click Here to view Picnic Photos

This time our picnic had many interactive activities and games as a perfect way to create a bonding experience between fellow workers and management, Afterall, there’s nothing like playing on the same team to be on the same team!

We started our picnic with colourful dress ups and cheerful hearts (like always 😉 ) early morning around 6.00 in a bus from office and reached a distant place of Thol lake near Ahmedabad. In the bus , we enjoyed some small games like ABCD, Card-Lotto, Number-chase which we often play in any parties and picnics at Zestard.

Thol- this place is a visual treat for any tourist and a treasurable experience for a bird watcher or ornithologists, this place is home to more than 100 species of birds. It was a reminiscent expericne to be close to the birds in alliance & with nature. We enjoyed sunrise together and some warmth of the surrounding , did some trekking and photography of nature and after that we indulged ourselves in selfies, grouphies and games. Infact, most funny part was to watch poses of the the photographer more than the those who are being captured in the pictures 😉

We made noise at a place like Thol-Bird Sanctuary and that proves how happy and loud we can be even in- out of office celebrations! Playing Standing-Kho-Kho, running after eachother(;)) , shouting on every one’s mistakes and laughing on funny playing style of each other charged ourselves for all fun ride for rest of the day.

After this, we set in the bus again and reached Serenity Pastures -resort Place, there we had all cool indoor , outdoor games available to play in teams, pairs. After having some trials on Table Tennis, Ice Hockey boards, Carrom Boards like indoors ,we enjoyed breakfast of Delicious Pakoda & Sandwiches with Tea & Coffee. Ofcourse, during all these we kept on taking photos and that can be seen in the Zestard facebook Picnic photo album here.

Post Breakfast, we played some outdoors and were ready to go to the swimming and splash pool. After spending 3-4 hrs in the pool we kind of started feeling like aquatic vertebrates ! We played lots of funny games and challenges in teams and individually while relaxing in the pool. Water-Ball-game was the simplest of all , but was the most memorable time of the whole picnic.

Swimming fun drove us straight to the late-lunchtime. we relished the flavours of Kathiyavadi food in the lunch, further accompanied by the Buttermilk (Chhash) without fail ! Again after lunch , we rushed to the indoor section and played those games again with different partners and some new challenges may be ! and we went to MiniTheatre and watched Kapoor & Sons movie all togather… it was very relaxing experience to sit in and watch the movie with our office fellow mates as part of the picnic itself. After the movie and some more outdoors games, badminton, swings and kids play area were even explored & enjoyed by some girls from the TeamZestard . Also, we did some group photography and our creative designer suggested Zestard’s “Z” as part of the photo-arrangement , & we tried that too with some pixel perfect instructions !

We set back to the bus on our way to the office location again and played Antakshari – a must game to play in any picnic , ABCD again. Fun in the Bus was further concluded by prize distribution to the winners of the games ,winners dances , some cool announcements by Anuj and some news and upcoming plans for TeamZestard which were happily greeted & applauded by the whole team.

As expected, the Picnic was a huge success, everyone proved that their work load can be embraced easily with Picnic or Team -outing. This was the most fun-time picnic many of us ever experienced so far. We are still busy sharing picnic photos and memories on our TeamZestard Whatsup group and finally all are compiled and made online on Zestard’s Facebook page. Just like last year’s picnic , everybody had great time suggesting constructive feedback and only unanimous suggestion was ”we should plan such picnics often and at least for 2 days! ”.

This way #TeamZestard’s Picnic Joy was relished & cherished with a final uproar of “Hip Hip Hurray!!!” :)

Zestard Technlogies October15 Luncheon Celebration at CityCornner

October Luncheon by TeamZestard

After a series of celebration in last few months, TeamZestard Planned for October’15 Luncheon at City Corner Restaurant, Ahmedabad.

Normally, all the Zestard Teammates try to be together in lunchtime in the office , but our work schedule or meetings doesn’t allow us to make it so properly that our Teammates had proposed Idea of Lunch Outing this time to indulge in to Lunch experience together Last Saturday on 3rd October.

Although we do not plan any outing or celebration with any professional intentions and we tend to go with the flow of celebration just like Friends and less like colleagues. Having lunch with colleagues is very important to build a good relationship with your team. It helps us at work and outside of work in a lot of ways.  It is essential for team building and relationship building for success. Yes, this Luncheon was one of those “Selfless Celebration” we enjoyed together.

As usual, planning and selection of a venue was fun and mission for some of the enthusiastic employees. They even brought a Lunch Menu card in advance to finalize from !  Everybody was happy, as the “LunchBreak” is going to be a break from Homepacked Lunch packs and office environment, In addition to that Fun and Masti were added Bonus to that.

Reminders for “No lunch packs tomorrow” were the funny highlights of the celebration. We shared the vehicles and reached to the place little late than the booked timings. Soon after our arrival there, we started playing 2-3 games at the Big Lunch table, but Soup and Starters Stole all the attention as all were hungry enough to rush to the food.  With an Incomplete “Our favorite-ABCD” Game’s Results , we completed our lunch with lots of laughter, teasing, jokes and photographs. Finally, we took some interesting Group Pictures and Selfies to give rest to our Appetite. Click here to view Zestard Technologies October Luncheon Photos.

No marks for guessing about what happened rest of the day after coming back from the Luncheon…!! well, Along with talks on food, fun and pictures sharing, we tried hard concentrating at work 😉 …  That’s why it’s rightly said. “Work Hard, Party Harder!”

Zestard Potluck Party 21stAugust2015

mmmmm… Potluck Party at Zestard

After a great success and fun filled months of June & July, we are celebrating August month as a month of Freedom and Month of Holidays. What can be a better than an Idea of “Potluck – Bring and Share at Zestard”? ; Series of holidays in the month, Lots of new Teammates Welcome Occasion and a sacred month of Shravan are some simple excuses to let us celebrate  “Potluck – Bring and Share at Zestard” on Friday, 21st August’15 .

We indeed worked out on Planning of Potluck like a Systematic Project. Where everybody filled in a Spreadsheet of “What to Bring” …It was fun discussing what should be brought and made by oneself for the whole week- it was more like a Fun-food week for us. Infact, at Zestard we believe, holding regularly scheduled Team-potluck meals is one strategy that you can use to enhance the sense of camaraderie and cooperation in your organization.  Click here to know more about our Potluck Party Menu, Interesting delicacies brought by Teammates and Party Photographs.

Although, it wasn’t a “Criteria/Goal Centric Event” at all for Zestard’s Management Team. But, while writing this article, I could easily notice some of the benefits of this event as a management person. Infact, we felt a new air on this Friday, as this Potluck helped us in following ways for Zestard’s Work Culture Development:

  • Social interaction : New members of Zestard Family got chance to actually jell up and interact with each other in a casual, relaxed setting where the focus isn’t on getting through a meeting agenda or completing a project. This means they’ll be able to get to know each other a little better while sharing a good meal, we are sure this will result in  something that can contribute to enhanced working relationships and teamwork ultimately.

  • Shared experiences : Shared experiences can go a long way toward building a strong organizational identity, becoming part of the overall culture and the stories people tell when discussing and reflecting on their experiences as employees.

    This can lead to enhanced cohesiveness.We still remember our HOUSIE  jokes and hard attempts of one of the teammates to win the game at the Zestard-Family-Picnic. I’m sure we will discuss experiences of Potluck party at our homes and together at office again and again…

  • Individual contributions : Some proposed to bring Biscuits and Maggie or even Bread and Butter at the initial plan-time. But, The Best part is , whether you are a good cook or not, everyone could participate, at whatever level each person is comfortable with. TeamMates who are passionate about cooking can share their recipes and receive praise for their great-tasting signature dishes. Those who aren’t cooking enthusiasts can still participate with beverages, purchased food items or quickly made convenience foods.

And above all, These kind of  staff get-to-gathers don’t cost money or time because the food is homemade and everyone takes a break for our regular lunch anyway 😉

We learnt that diversity of Food, Language, Religion, Taste and choices are so… so..easy to deal with at Zestard, you just need to have willingness to put all of them in one plate, try once and I’m sure you will remember each individual serving and finger licking experience for the lifetime…

I’m sure next time we plan Potluck… all our Zestard teammates will say… mmmmm…. Potluck Party?… Sure…

Zestard Technologies Family Picnic at Vananchal Resort

Family Picnic for TeamZestard

It seems that we had to await since a very long time to get back with the child in us. Zestard Technologies Family Picnic held on 21st June 2015 for Vananchal Resort was a real fun we are still mesmerized with! & Finally, a long awaited photo album of our picnic is ready to enjoy… which certainly portrays splendid glimpse of freakish enjoyment as kids do. Click Here to view Picnic Photos

The pleasure of playing games  and puzzles at workplace is one thing we always enjoy in Birthday parties and occasional celebration in the Zestard office. But, this time the picnic filled up a real zest and happiness in all of the employees as all were invited with their spouses and kids as they are part of Zestard Family.

We started our picnic with colourful dress ups and cheerful hearts early morning around 6.30 in a bus from office and reached a Distant place Vananchal Resort, in Jambughoda, Panchmahal around 10.00am. We played ABCD, Card-Lotto, Number-chase, If-Then, Bingo-Tambola like interesting games which gave a chance to all the family members to jell up with each other. Surprising part of the bus journey was that everybody was having ebullience participation by dancing on each punishments and winners announcements for the games we played in the bus.

After reaching the beautiful resort of Vananchal, we enjoyed breakfast and rushed to the different Adventurous Activity Zones. Needless to mention, excitement of doing all those activities are still intact in our hearts. The thrill of excitement and fun was so overwhelmed and “Zorbing Balloon Fight” was craziest of all. We never thought we could enjoy this much in any office picnic, such games were a super fabulous start. Lunch time was enjoyable and post lunch Cricket tournament was real fun for the players but tiresome for some girls who sat as Audience only. Nevertheless, Badminton, gossip, roaming around in green and beautiful resort and relaxing with colleagues were equally great experiences. We played “Nimbu-Chamchi” – a crowd pleasure game after that. Swiftness & keenness of the players were incredible and shouting and cheering or cheating was a real fun to watch the game. Everyone was so energized & filled with enthusiasm that they had a childlike desire to win the game. Everybody enjoyed Zipline and Quad Biking and we took lots of pictures and videos throughout the day.

After some afternoon snacks, swimming pool of the resort was all filled up by all Zestard members, we had fun playing  Passing the Ball, Yoga-day Pranks, Diving Challenges and then we relaxed our toes in the water and after that … we were back to the bus and enjoyed some more games, songs, dancing, Housee again. Prize distribution for the games’ winners was the best part and it’s fun to receive souvenirs from Zestard for the picnic.

The Picnic  was a huge success, everyone proved that their work load can be easily embraced easily with Picnic or Team -outing. This was the most fun-time picnic many of us ever experienced so far. On the very next day to the picnic, we had a Picnic-Photo-Viewing event in the office, we all laughed again and again while watching photos and videos like a family. Everybody had great time suggesting constructive feedback and only unanimous suggestion was  “we should plan such picnics often and at least for 2 days! “.

and The Picnic Joy was relished & cherished with a final uproar of “Hip Hip Hurray!!!” 🙂