It may have been wintertime but the Southern California warmth was hard to deny with Laz Parking employees’ enthusiasm for the Bike-A-Thon™!
Laz Parking is Set for Success
We met with 150 people at the Hilton LaJolla Torrey Pines. The ballroom was huge, and perfect for a group of our size. There was plenty of room to play and spread out for bicycle assembly.
The company’s goal in arranging for the Bike-A-Thon™ was to boost communication skills. Employees eagerly participated because the object of the Bike-a-Thon™, too, was to donate new bikes to local kids. Because of the size of the group, the company organizers had pre-arranged folks into groups. While a lot of folks did know each other, plenty of people were being introduced for the first time. And so our brief icebreakers were a big hit.
On a Roll in LaJolla, CA
Each of the games we played introduced new methods for communicating better. People got the hang of it quickly, and the pace of winning picked up. Winning teams earned bicycle parts they’d need for the next step, assembly. Once all the needed parts had been won, everyone was ready to get to work on the building. But there was a surprise!
The stakes were higher than simple assembly. We had a series of challenges and activities planned. These encouraged everyone to use what they learned in the games part of the workshop. Activities relied on skills like communication for problem-solving, decision-making, and delegating. People had to work together in order to complete their bicycle. Fortunately, the Laz Parking teams were cooperative, enthusiastic, energetic, and open-minded. Everyone stepped up their game to ensure that their bicycle was completed within the time allotted.
Helping the Children of Centro Cristiano Amigos
Just about the time that the bicycle assembly activity was winding down, Rafael Osegueda from Centro Cristiano Amigos arrived to accept the donation of the bicycles. And he had a surprise for the group, too! Along with Mr. Osegueda came the dozen children who’d be riding those new bicycles, and their parents. Everyone’s faces registered shock and then quickly, happiness. The children were thrilled with their new bikes and started to try and ride them in the ballroom, much to their parents’ chagrin.
Mr. Osegueda then spoke to the group. He thanked Laz Parking teams for their kindness and generosity in turning their company event into an opportunity to help local children. The Laz Parking team leaders added a few remarks. They said what a wonderful experience the Bike-A-Thon™ was, how much everyone learned about workplace communication, and how rewarding it felt to do something so nice for kids. To have the chance to meet those children and see the joy on their faces made the whole event even more memorable.