When HP called us to come back for a holiday-themed charity team building workshop, we were thrilled! There was such a great connection with this company the last time we were there, and all of the participants were highly motivated to help local kids, especially during the holidays.
A Custom Bike-A-Thon™ in Plano, TX
HP’s Bike-A-Thon™ workshop was customized according to the needs they communicated to us before-hand. We were going to help a large department work on its communication skills. HP also wanted us to assist team members with conflict resolution skills, and delegation skills. The company also wanted participants to have a good time, and spread some holiday cheer at the same time.
There were about 100 participants, so we had two facilitators on-hand. That worked out especially well because there was a minor issue with the sound in the Hilton Plano Granite Park in Plano. Once our facilitator found the sweet spot, though, and managed to have his voice carry well when needed.
A Bike-A-Thon™’ Is Fun and Games
We divided everyone into groups so that we could get started. Fortunately, the ballroom space in the hotel was perfectly adequate for all of us to spread out. We played some ice breaker games, and then got into some physical games, like Flip Cup. It was nice to have room to work comfortably!
Teams were certainly competitive; however, they were also clearly supportive of coworkers and cheered them all on. There was a lot of laughter and high-fives throughout the games. It may have seemed like just good fun, but each activity was actually carefully chosen to elicit real learning. Games gave participants a chance to practice key hands-on skills in a neutral and safe environment that made the experience enjoyable and low-stress.
The Boys & Girls Club Is Gifted with Dozens of Bikes
By the end of the program, about 25 bicycles were assembled. When Debra Sweezer from the Boys & Girls Club arrived, she was shocked and thrilled! These bikes would make a huge difference in the lives of kids at the Club. Ms. Sweezer shared several first hand stories with us. Participants heard about the positive impact of donations like bicycles to area kids.
HP employees felt great about their hard work and doing good. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. People were glad to make a difference for local kids, and also enjoyed the chance to brush up on practical workplace skills while having fun.