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Building a Team with Bread

Planet Leicester Bakers recently spent a day with the staff of Community Advice and Law Service, (CALS), using bread to build team strength and relationships.  It was great fun and a first time plunging into dough for them all!  Feedback from staff has been overwhelmingly positive:

” I really enjoyed the session. It was exactly the right mix of fun, practical and information. I think I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say we came away feeling refreshed and ready to take on new challenges! Including bread making at home! “

Kay, CALS staff team member

Executvie Director of CALS, Kathryn Burgess, had approached Planet Leicester Bakers about the possibility of including bread making in a team away day.  She felt it would be something completely new to the staff, and a lovely fun activity to get them relaxing and working together. PLB was able to recommend a community kitchen and meeting space in the city centre for CALS to hire that would accommodate a large team of 17.

An extremely happy staff team of new Silver Star Planet Leicester Bakers!
Smiles all round. An extremely happy staff team of new Silver Star Planet Leicester Bakers!

Kathryn planned the business of the day to work within one of two bread making timetables proposed by Planet Leicester Bakers. As Executive Director she found the relaxed atmosphere and bread activity encouraged staff to participate fully in the business planning and discussions they needed to have – leading to a productive and worthwhile day away from the office.

” Our Staff Day was a great success.  I had wanted to incorporate bread baking since speaking with Michelle a couple of years’ ago, and am very pleased we managed to get it done. We spent some time looking at what actions we could/should take as an organisation to develop and improve – we did this work between the kneading, proving and baking.  Staff were relaxed and responsive and we got a few great ideas and some things that we need to think about!  It was a great day, and with Michelle’s encouragement even the most reticent baker went home happy with their bread.  I would certainly recommend this for a staff day with a difference. “

Kathryn Burgess, Executive Director, Community Advice and Law Service.

The bread making was planned by Planet Leicester Bakers in a way so as to encourage collaboration, negotiation and team decision making. It was also a chance to learn a brand new skill in something non-competitive with potential benefits for the staff team’s well-being and health.

” I took part in the event you did for the Community Advice and Law Service’s staff day and really loved the session! I’ve been making fresh loaves and rolls weekly – I’m hooked! I’ve been sharing the beauty of freshly made bread with my friends and reinforcing it with my colleagues.”

Tom, CALS staff team member.

The team went away as certified Silver Star Planet Leicester Bakers and were delighted with the results of their hard labour.

Great bread aplenty from the CALS staff team.
Great bread aplenty from the CALS staff team.

More information on Team Building with Bread can be found on the Tailored Services page. Enquiries are always welcome.