Kronos came to Dallas Texas for their annual meeting, they came from all over the United States and many had just met each other that day. Kronos Incorporated, Kronos was founded in 1977 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a U.S.-based multi-national workforce management software and services company headquartered in Chelmsford Massachusetts, USA and employing 3,200 people. Originally a manufacturer of time clocks, the majority of Kronos revenue is now derived from software and services. The company provides applications for workforce management; consulting, education, and support services to its customers.
014David Spear, the organizer for the team said that his group works very hard and he wants them to have fun but also open the lines of communication. The organizer didn’t tell the group of 70 what they would be doing, so when they walked into the room many of the comments were “I don’t know how to build a bike”. Build-A-Bike uses a series of challenges and activities to encourage team building. The activities are meant to be something of a caricature of behavior we can see in the workplace. The participants had a good time poking fun at themselves and each other as they moved through the exercises together. Alan Primeaux the senior manager, watched the activities from the back of the room. Alan was talked into becoming a judge for the activities and at the end he said “ this was perfectly facilitated and what fun. When we first started I noticed the frowning faces in the group but within 5 minutes of starting the activities the faces quickly changed to smiles and laughter”. The charity arrived and they noticed his badge and said “this is great; the YMCA is a huge client of ours”. As the kids ran into the room you could see the excitement in the group, one man said “team building that is fun and gives to kids, nothing better than that” another comment wasthis is the highlight of the meeting”