Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos was looking for a high energy event to begin their convention, so they decided to host a Build-A-Bike team building event in Chicago, Illinois. Hard Rock Hotels, as well as Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, are located in various locations in the United States and abroad. This event brought together managers from both the hotel and casino division, with the goal of getting everyone on the same page and to give back to the community.
Some of the managers in this group knew each other well, while others were acquaintances. There was some competition between the hotel and casino divisions of the company. The Build-A-Bike event can be a great icebreaker for people to get to know each other outside of the workplace, while encouraging people to work together. Each team cannot solve problems alone. They must work with each other and with other teams to be successful. While most of them are focusing on having fun during the event, they are simultaneously learning cooperative skills that result in not only a better work environment; they also increase productivity! Competition is not necessarily a bad thing, but this team event places emphasis on cooperation, and how working together is essential to accomplishing goals.
At the end of the event, Hard Rock Hotels & Casino built 6 bikes for very happy children from the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Participants in the event were thrilled to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they received the bikes, knowing that they had helped make a difference in their lives. The Build-A-Bike event helped realize one of Hard Rock Hotels and Casino’s core principles, giving back to the community.
“It was a GREAT event and our people have been raving about the exercise! I’m sure we’ll cross paths again in the future!” Claudia Infante, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos
Participants felt that this event was a great way to begin their conference, knowing that they had made the kids’ day, while also learning some new skills that could be implemented immediately. Consider a team building event as a great way to kick off a conference in a fun and energetic way!
Chris McNeany is a Vice President and Instructor for the The Leader’s Institute®. He is based in Los Angeles, California, but he teaches classes in San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle as well.