A Contest at Work

Last Friday, we got a bit of snow. The temperature was so cold that the snow crystals looked different. The temps were in the single digits and the snow was very, very light - so much that you could have used a snow blower to clear a driveway.

Last Friday, we got a bit of snow. The temperature was so cold that the snow crystals looked different. The temps were in the single digits and the snow was very, very light – so much that you could have used a snow blower to clear a driveway.

We are having a bit of a contest at work that should be, individually, easy to win. The contest is to lose just five pounds in six weeks. During this time, there are several holidays, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and six weekends. Being the motivator I am, I threw out another challenge to my work teammates to join together and provide camaraderie to help everyone make the goal. Of course, I am the team captain for the team. The company program will have a prize drawing for everyone losing the weight in 6 weeks – something like an iPod.

I work with a team of computer architects – very smart and very competitive. We have three such teams within my company, but only one other team is co-located with ours in a separate building. We work closely with that team but they have a different manager and are also highly competitive. So what better way to build team cooperation than to create a contest between their team and ours. They have a total of 12 individuals that make up their team and we have 11 that make up ours. While the real contest at work is for individuals to lose weight, we decided to make it, how can I say, interesting. Nothing like a little inter-team competition, right?

The winning team (that is to say the team that the most individuals meet the goal of the 5 pound loss in 6 weeks) will be served a healthy breakfast by the members of the losing team (again, the team that did NOT lose the weight). While there are more detailed rules, this pretty much covers the bases. There is an additional drawing that will be held at work three months after the initial 6 weeks for anyone who has kept the 5 pounds off (another iPod). So we are upping the ante one more time and having the prize of the healthy breakfast delivery happen again for the team that keeps the weight off for that period as well.

All in all, a healthy way to foster both team building and team competition at work.