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Feed the Mind...

Remember the days when your company gifted you a gold watch for your 15 years of service?

Probably not. The truth is that if you were born after 1984, you've never heard of the concept. At some point between then and ten years ago, simply providing you with employment, was considered a gift. But that has changed.

Companies have now started to gift employees. Not with fancy watches or plaques, but with experiences. In fact, you don’t even have to achieve anything to get them. It’s like a participation trophy of sorts. You simply have to work there to be treated to these experiences. It can be a cooking class, an escape the room or a fabulous immersive hands-on experience at Unarthodox.

Experiences last forever and make people happy. And there’s nothing better than happy colleagues. Unlike materialistic things where they only make you happy a first, experiences last much longer. Even if you have a bad experience, it will eventually turn out to be positive. For starters, you would have learned something from it. Additionally, any bad experience usually turns out to be a good story that you tell over time.

Many companies, especially in Tech, have embraced this theory and have recurrent outings with their teams to keep everyone refreshed and happy. They understand that millennials, particularly, choose to spend their money on experiences rather than things. Instead of spending money on a fancy car, they prefer spending it on a Guatemalan hiking adventure. Furthermore, possessions don’t contribute to employee interaction. Having experiences with others constitutes a tighter bond, making for a better, functional and productive team.

An amazing team celebrating their money well spent at Unarthodox’s Picture This Experience.

An amazing team celebrating their money well spent at Unarthodox’s Picture This Experience.

BY ALVARO MONTAGNA, CO-FOUNDER OF UNARTHODOX

OMG! my boss just asked me to plan our team’s outing event!

Improv Land Experience, one of the many experiences that we offer at Unarthodox.  Our instructors will design interactive improv games specifically for your team that will start with fun, ice-breaker games and transition into storytelling and collaboration exercises.

Improv Land Experience, one of the many experiences that we offer at Unarthodox. Our instructors will design interactive improv games specifically for your team that will start with fun, ice-breaker games and transition into storytelling and collaboration exercises.

“I need to find places for them to eat, drink, socialize and have a good time. Furthermore, we have people flying in from our international offices for this event. Not only do I have to plan all of the day’s meetings, but now I’m responsible for their good time as well….”

Sound familiar? There are so many thoughts that run through your mind when planning a company event, especially, if your reputation depends on it. Making sure everyone enjoys themselves, ensuring that the venue has a comfortable environment, making sure that your colleagues are entertained & engaged, and hoping that they have the opportunity to naturally bond, are only a few of many worries and concerns that every event planner has. And you’re not even an event planner! Roll up your sleeves and get to work, you have a long journey ahead of you...or do you?

 

You’re in New York City, baby! This can’t be that hard. Something new, fun, affordable, convenient, and memorable? Piece of cake. Let’s start with your in-house research team – Google. You type in “Fun things to do in New York City”...search! Seven hundred and eighteen million results. (It’s true, look it up).

 

Now you’re panicking again! Ok, let’s narrow it down to “fun team outing ideas NYC”. Only 10,200,000. Well, that’s a bit more manageable. Yeah right! After three hours of researching, you have narrowed it down to 10 potential places. How about the reviews? You have to make sure that the place is “good enough” for your team. Is it a reputable place? Is it clean? Is it presentable? Is it in a good part of town?

 

Once you determine that any particular place is “good enough”,  you need to consider your budget – can we afford this? Oh yeah, you still have to take into consideration where to eat and drink. Back to your research team. Same list of questions and concerns apply.

 

Fortunately, there’s Unarthodox. Make one call, and all the above go away. You no longer need to plan anything because it has already been planned and proven to work. Located in a Landmarked Arts Building, in the heart of Chelsea, Unarthodox is a unique, sophisticated and more importantly, fun space for your team to explore their creativity and interact with one another.

 

Need something fun and unique? – Check! Need good food? – Check! Need wine and beer? – Check! Need the entire event to go smoothly? – Check, check & check!  More importantly, you will walk away the hero. Check out unarthodox.com and get more information. Or simply call us, we would be happy to suggest the perfect event for your team.

by Alvaro Montagna, Co-Founder of Unarthodox

November is National Inspirational Role Models Month!

I, the mysterious “I” representing Unarthodox,  would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce you to the creators of Unarthodox, Al Montagna and Maria Kordova! This dynamic-duo is the cream of the crop (and no, they didn’t prompt me to write this).

Maria-Kordova_Alvaro-Montagna_Unarhtodox-co-founders

These two have built something special from the ground up, and that something is... Unarthodox! Unarthodox is a creative space in the heart of New York City, built with the same passion both Al and Maria themselves resonate.  A place where every kind of person can come and feel a welcoming comfort and joy, where they can have fun and explore their creativity with no rules or regulations, just like Al and Maria do on a daily basis!

Their drive is insurmountable and their personalities undoubtedly burst through Unarthodox’s seams. The two of them illustrate the true authenticity of what it means to cherish life and the people who are in it. Both Al and Maria have countlessly mentioned that Unarthodox isn’t just a company, but is a space that both captures and creates life. It’s pretty friggin’ special!

So this November, I would like to dedicate to Unarthodox’s Inspirational Role Models!

-Sarah Wisser