The most popular team-building exercise among employees of InsureMe in Englewood, Colo., is a four-day trip to Juarez, Mexico, during which they build homes for low-income Mexican families.
The insurance provider pays for food, lodging and airport shuttle service for employees who fly—at their own expense—to El Paso, just across the border from Juarez. Nineteen of the firm’s 64 employees have made the trek. Each employee gets two paid days off to participate.
“People say that doing these types of things is almost better than any team-building event we could bring into the office,” HR Director Jeannie Milan said.
The Juarez trip began about three years ago after the company had invested in other community projects for a number of years. For example, the firm sends five volunteers a month to a local homeless shelter to serve dinner and once dispatched a team to Ghana, Africa, to work at a children’s orphanage.
Employees who devote an eight-hour workday to charity get paid for the time once a quarter. If they donate time on a weekend, later they can take an extra paid personal day.
Contact: Jeannie Milan, director of HR, at (720) 548-6115.