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Team-building trips bolster software company’s retention

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Team building is a core value at DAXKO in Birmingham, Ala., where each employee gets $50 per quarter to participate in a group activity with co-workers. Teams have gone white-water rafting, wine tasting or horseback riding.

 “Employees are able to build relationships within their teams and to get out of the office and enjoy an event or activity together,” company recruiter Kristi Merritt said.

Not everyone heads outdoors. Members of the organization’s software engineering team pooled their money to buy an air hockey table to use as an ongoing team-building activity.

The 65-employee company spends about $13,000 a year on the program, which Merritt considers a retention expense.

“It creates stronger relationships, which contribute to retention so they feel like they have a bond and it makes them want to stick around longer,” Merritt said.

In addition, each employee qualifies for a paid, four-week sabbatical every seven years—in addition to 25 sick and vacation days.

One VP went to Europe for a month, while the lead software engineer spent time with his kids, taking them on a series of brief vacations.

Contact: Kristi Merritt at

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