April 06, 2023 by Arden Montgomery
Tools for Building a Strong Company Culture (With Wine!)
The contemporary workforce wants to gain meaning from their professional role as much as a paycheck. The expected scope of our jobs often extends beyond our daily responsibilities, and as we continue to give and give and give to our work, it’s important to feel like we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves.
And that’s where the company culture can come in and lay down some guidelines which help us to see the impact we ourselves are having on the wider world, as well as the extracurricular work our employers are doing to help make our home planet a better place.
But company culture doesn’t just have to tackle the big-picture stuff: we can start small by creating better equity, thoughtfulness, and creativity within the bounds of our workplace, first. Here are a few creative (and delicious) ideas to help you juice up your organization’s company culture.
Kits, bottles, and fun activities to help fortify your company culture
Whether you’re team-building, inspiring introspection, or just treating your people to a good time, these gifts from the Argaux cellars can help.
- Wine 101 Tasting Kit – $100
Not sure where to start? You’re not alone.
Our team of sommeliers has put together a Wine 101 “starter kit” to make it easy for you.
So as your team sits down to experience the differences in a Cabernet vs. a Pinot Noir, this can found a discussion where the team discovers what they like and don’t like in each wine and these classic expressions of classic grape varieties.
- Women in Wine Tasting Set – $85
Cultural consideration: equity and representation.
DEI is making the top of many organizational discussions, and this tasting kit can act as another anchor for a longer conversation about the importance of representation and equity within the workforce.
The two bottles included in this kit are wines with a cause – one donating all its proceeds to women’s empowerment charities, and one employing exclusively village women to found better gender equity in the South African wine industry.
So, once you pop the cork on each, team leads might start a discussion with their people about the implication of women’s empowerment in the workforce, and the good these wine-mogul gals are doing in their communities.
How can you replicate these ideas and efforts to promote equality and justice in your own working lives? What is your company doing to build equity for marginalized workers? Let’s talk about it over drinks.
- Blind Tasting Kit – $85-150
Cultural consideration: curiosity and problem solving.
Creative thinking and attention to detail are valuable assets to bring with you to work, no matter your industry.
The Blind Tasting Kit was designed to be a fun learning experience that lets the sipper discover more about the world of wine and deepen their own oenophilic knowledge. But it can also act as an engaging activity that helps to inspire close looking, problem solving, and teamwork as you and your people try to discern the identities of the mystery wines included in the kit.
Listen, this can be a hard task for beginners, but that’s no reason to give up and drown your sorrows if you don’t get it right the first time. We love a challenge, especially one in which we are encouraged to taste delicious wine. How many business problems can this philosophy apply to?
- Taste of Italy Food & Wine Gift Set – $100-$125
We’ve created the ultimate Italian dinner party starter kit for those who appreciate quality ingredients and a home cooked meal.
Here’s our vision: a team bonding dinner party where you and your people choose a few dishes to pair with a choice bottle of wine and then get together to cook and enjoy that dinner together. What do you think?
Get together with these bottles, Italian goodies, and get inspired.
- Sommelier-guided tasting experience – Flat rate
Cultural consideration: team spirit and community.
Argaux offers both private guided tastings as well as participatory online AND in-person events welcoming of teams from all industries. Part of building a healthy and long-lasting company culture is weaving in space for fun, rest, and relaxation. Not all of your team bonding experiences have to be packed with learning opportunities or conceptual meaning – they can simply be about enjoying a glass of wine and enjoying each other’s company. This kind of bonding experience generates its own meaning.
Other offerings from Argaux
Maybe the culture you’re trying to build is simply one of appreciation and celebration. In that case, head over to the Argaux virtual cellars to find a myriad of delicious bottles that make the perfect gift for colleagues, employees, and clientele.