At work during the 'Greatest show on earth'. Hmm...yes!
10 May 2012
It’s not fair. The greatest show on earth is here and you are still at work. Why haven’t we all given some time off to enjoy it? Yes, I know businesses still have to operate. Therefore, what can you do about it. Read on… I have an idea.
With the count down to the Olympic Games now measured in days, businesses and organisations across the country have started to think about how they are going to play their part in the ‘greatest show on earth’. With much of the building programme complete and sell-out crowds already guaranteed, businesses are asking themselves how are we going to celebrate the games - to ‘seize the moment’.
For those of us lucky enough to have tickets, you are in for a real treat. For the rest of us, alas, well I guess it is off to work as usual. For those of us at work during the games, (the majority) this is quite simply one of those moments when we all need to be able to enjoy the spectacle.
The games will be in every home, office, shop, bar, restaurant – streamed live to every kind of mobile device, computer and television. You will not be able to best it, so you might as well join it. So why don't businessess show their support for the Olympics and allow their staff to enjoy the spectacle while at work. Interested? click here
Are the games that big a deal?
Yes they are. With a worldwide audience of 4.0 billion and because of their sheer size, the Olympic and Paralympic Games generate the most extraordinarily high levels of popular interest, internet and media coverage, prestige, tourism and economic impact. Quite simply, it will be the biggest single event ever to happen in this country. After all, this is it; it will not be coming to these shores again. It would be shame to miss out - do nothing.
Why should you do something?
This is of course all about being a good employer and creating the working environment where staff want to come to work each day and want to go the extra mile. In short - being a great place to work. The games are one of those moments when the good employers need to say ‘yes’ – and make sure everyone feels able to be part of 2012. The games presents employers with the chance to demonstrate just how much they value and appreciate their staff for all their hard work – to say ‘thank you’.
This is about you giving your staff permission to have a little fun around the office, enjoy those Olympics moments – to watch Jessica Ennis, Ben Ainslie, Chris Hoy compete… Let’s face it, it has been a tough couple of years and a little light relief will be very welcome and a chance to boost morale. Emotionally you need to say ‘yes’. Rationally - it is the right thing to do. Therefore, why not embrace the games and create your own games themed activities and events.
So what can you do?
There are a range of things you can do: some very simple requiring little planning and others slightly more complex involving more time and effort. There are things that do not need to cost anything and others that ideally a little financial help would make them even better. You can plan activities based around past games, great athletes, profile this years’ stars, learn about the sports, run fun competitions, have a tea party, set an Olympic challenge, support an athlete, forge links with overseas suppliers of yours…in fact lots of things.
You can also use the games’ ideals, values and ethos to design, plan and deliver your own event(s) and service offerings. Examples of Olympic themes are teamwork, being the best, the five rings, Gold, Silver and Bronze and regeneration. There are a great many opportunities to do something very exciting. To find out more click here
We do not have the room
This will depend on what you decide to plan. Any quizzes, competitions, athletes profiles can be done online. Exhibitions of equipment, pictures, and tea parties can take place in receptions areas, meeting rooms, corridors and spare offices. If you have some outside space then you can create your own mini ‘Fun’ Olympics, have a picnic, a game of Rounders. Use the space you have and plan activities that fit the space.
Would like a little help?
There has been plenty advice to help businesses manage their supply chain, cope with extra traffic around key sites, deal with a large number of requests for staff leave but there’s precious little advice around to help them ensure that those of us (the majority) still at work, do at least feel part of the action. As you can imagine we like events and we love the Olympics so we have created series of programmes designed to do just that – help businesses and organisations bring a little of the games' magic to workplace. The programmes will show you how to create a range of Olympic themed activities and then show you how to plan, promote, programme and deliver them.
So, what’s on offer. Please forgive the sales pitch but we think it’s important that those at work don’t miss out. We are offering three services
1. The Office Games – The complete e-guide to bringing a little of
the games’ magic to your workplace - £39.99
2: The Office Games: In-house workshop. A 3 ½ hour training sesssion designed to teach you how to bring a little of the games’ magic to your workplace - £250 + expenses
3: The Office Games - Speaker programme. A 1 1/2 hour presentation about bringing a little games' magic into your workplace - £200 + expenses
Each programme is designed to give you everything you need to design, plan, promote and deliver your own Olympic themed events and activities. They are the complete ‘how to’ toolkit programmes containing over 40 easy to implement ideas!
The above is just a taster of what is on offer, so if you would like to know more click here to find out more
It really is now or never! So, what are you going to do ensure your staff get to feel part of the action. You can’t beat it so you might as well join it.
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