Employees from Microsoft’s Redmond, WA campus combined their talents in a recent Bike-a-Thon charity event, proving that every person has the power to make a noticeable difference.
Creating Holiday Cheer in Redmond, WA
As the holidays were drawing nearer, some children in Redmond, WA may have lost hope to have their wish lists fulfilled. But when Microsoft stepped in with its team training event just a couple weeks prior to Santa’s big day, the Christmas spirit was restored to many local children.
A group of 45 Microsoft employees from the Redmond campus hosted their charity event at their prestigious location in a high-end shopping district. By looks alone, the company’s success was clear, and the team was ready to share their successes with others.
Having participated in many Magnovo team building events before, this one immediately sparked a new interest in its participants since the group’s efforts would be instantly recognized at the conclusion of the event.
The goal itself was simple: divide into teams and work together to construct bicycles that would be donated to children in the area. But the group knew there was much more to the event than going through the motions. Each person realized that their contributions weren’t just creating bicycles, but also restoring hope and holiday cheer for less fortunate children and their families.
Using Team Training to Create a Better Community
Microsoft’s charity-driven team building activity created a win/win situation that sets a new standard for team training. The company regularly invests in team building exercises, but this time included an opportunity to include a great cause in their ultimate goals. As a result, Microsoft employees were able to learn more about each other, build trust, and strengthen communications while using their event to enrich the lives of others.
As one of the most powerful companies in the world, Microsoft recognizes that their success relies on their people. The people responsible for the success of the Redmond campus are the same people who live and work in the Redmond community. To Microsoft, the Bike-a-Thon team event wasn’t just a fun activity for employees, but also a reinvestment in the local area.
By providing a glimmer of hope in the lives of local children at Christmas, participants recognized their own empowerment when it comes to leading by example.