Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic-Themed Activities

The Olympics officially starts today. Life Strategies Ltd. is lucky enough to be located just outside of Vancouver, close enough to feel the excitement that the games are producing amongst locals. Fiona already mentioned our attendance at the torch relay that came through Aldergrove at the beginning of the week as just one of the things we’ve done to capture the spirit of the games. Our team was also lucky enough to get our hands on the infamous Olympic red mittens which we’ve been sporting throughout the Lower Mainland of BC.

Even if you’re not able to make it out to any Olympic events or get your hands on any Olympic merchandise, you can definitely still capture the Olympic spirit in other ways. Below I’ve included some Olympic-theme suggestions for your workplace:
  • Host an Olympic pride day at your work by having staff dress in your national colours
  • Organize an international potluck to reflect the international nature of the games
  • Post your own Olympic medal tally or arrange Olympic event viewings for staff to keep them in the loop
  • Coordinate an employee winter sporting event to get staff active
  • Raffle off Olympic-themed items as prizes (These don’t have to be the official Olympic merchandise – use items that reflect your national identify, sport, or the Olympic colours)
  • Fundraise for local sports teams to give back to the community

Friday, February 5, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Employee Engagement

Life Strategies Ltd. is located in Aldergrove, BC which is just outside of Vancouver; and next week Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. One Olympic tradition is the Torch Relay. The Torch Relay began on October 30, 2009 in Victoria, BC and will be making its way through Aldergrove, BC on February 8, 2010. As Life Strategies is new to Aldergrove we are excited to be joining together as a team to go out to watch the Olympic Torch make its way through Aldergrove and then enjoy a potluck lunch together afterwards.

Team building activities, such as the one mentioned above, are a great way to improve employee productivity and keep employees motivated. Taking a team building activity out of the office is also an effective way to reduce distractions and any office politics as well as bond closer team relationships[1].

If your team is living in the Vancouver area, there are many Olympic related team building opportunities you can participate in. While attending Olympic sporting events may be a budget buster for most companies, there are many free activities you can do as a teambuilding activity. For some free ideas visit