Seventy Microsoft employees gathered together for a pre-holiday celebration at their headquarters outside of Seattle, Washington to participate in a Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Event. The group is responsible for designing the support for Microsoft Products to their Enterprise Customers. They are all passionate about helping their customers have a good experience with their products and they are internally driven to work long hours in order to succeed. There were many reasons to come together but to have a fun, relaxing event was high on the top of the list as well as to connect with one another on a personal level. Their hopes were through building these bikes and giving them to kids who are without, they would both get to know each other more personally and also feel good about the time spent doing it.
Bonding as a group within any company is a challenge with today’s demanding hours and the variety of tasks each employee must tend to in any given day. In addition, the group from Microsoft is a culturally diverse one with many distinct personalities and many different communication styles. As they worked through the challenges offered by the Build A Bike, they learned how to rely upon each other to get the work done, break down any walls that hindered communication and find the most efficient ways to complete the challenges. Bringing their employees together for a challenging and exciting event helped them to bond as a company and develop their teamwork and leadership skills. They learned that coming together as a team has everyone winning in the end.
Their goals were accomplished by building 6 beautiful bikes that were donated to the local Boys and Girls Club of Crossroads. Just like the challenges in the Build A Bike, the charitable aspect showed employees how helping out their community benefits the company as well. Microsoft was able to strengthen their company bonds while having fun and making a difference. Thank you Microsoft for another great event!