At the end of their financial year, Microsoft employees gathered in Seattle Washington to let loose and have some fun while giving back to the community by participating in a Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The event was hosted at the Microsoft campus headquarters in Redmond, Washington, near Seattle. Despite the fact that it poured down rain through the whole event the Microsoft staff did not let that drown their enthusiasm. Throughout the event the employees were lit up with bright smiles and eager faces. Their teamwork and positivity were absolutely contagious as they worked through the challenges of the event.

The one hundred Microsoft employees were divided into teams to participate in the challenges of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. Like many participants in the leadership and teamwork skills training event, the employees at Microsoft were dedicated to ‘winning’. However, one of the lessons of the event is to see how we behave when things do not turn out the way we wanted. It is this sort of challenge that encourages teams to grow together as they readjust their strategy. Again, the staff at Microsoft faced every challenge with a smile and enthusiasm.

While their main goal was simply to let off some steam and have fun, Microsoft also wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the community. The teams successfully completed eighteen bikes that were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. The presentation of the bikes to the kids is always an emotional part of the Build-A-Bike ® team building event. The employees of Microsoft were beaming as the kids excitedly ran across the field to get their brand new bikes. Seeing directly the joy that comes from their work and generosity always leaves an impact. Even the chaperone from the Boys and Girls Club, Kristi Holmes, was in tears as she thanked the employees for their donation. Even in the pouring rain the employees of Microsoft were able to have a lot of fun, learn and give back to the community. Thank you Microsoft for hosting a wet but wonderful Build-A-Bike ® team building event.