Fun And Games Second Instalment

After being told that our team is Ecuador, in the company incentive, it now turns out that we are Holland. We found this out the next day, or two days later in my case as I has a day off work.

I bet illegal immigrants wished they could change nationality that quick!

As for the incentives…They apparently had a quiz, the day I was off, about Brazil. This Thursday coming they’re having a human table football game. Very good if you’re able bodied and fit. Not so good for those of us who are older, or those who are disabled or pregnant. Not sure who things these incentives up but it’s usually something physical and mainly for the men. It would be really nice if some of the women got in on the action for a change.

I’m on annual leave on Thursday so I’m lucky enough to be missing this incentive. Thank goodness.

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Fun Day

The company threw a garden party and fun day this week. It was a very nice atmosphere. There were sandwiches, burgers, cakes, chocolates and crisps. There were games both in the call centre and outside. It was a lovely day and the sun was shining.

We were able to eat our burgers outside in the sunshine, while listening to one of our colleagues singing. She has a fantastic voice. There were some people dancing. There were people playing basket ball, football, and other outdoor games.

Inside the call centre we had a box of games that was doing the rounds. Our team particularly like Jenga. We had a lot of laughs playing it – amidst all the cheating!

The day after it was found that some people were not allowed to take part in the fun and games. Seems that some managers thought people would be better off on the phones all day without taking part, and other managers didn’t make sure that all their team took part. Consequently there were a few people with a lot of complaints.

We have access to Yammer at work. For those who don’t know, Yammer is like Facebook but only for companies. You can only access Yammer if your company has an account, and you can only speak to work colleagues on it. It’s been used by a few people at my call centre to complain about their lack of participation in the fun day. Trouble is it wasn’t just a complaint that one particular person logged. He also blamed other teams for playing games and went so far as to say that other teams should be punished!

This person failed to realise that it is primarily the managers that have to organise things and make sure that things are done fairly. If his manager didn’t allow him the time to take part then he needs to take it up with his manager, or the next person up. He shouldn’t be putting blame on his work colleagues.

It’s a shame that this has happened. Everyone should have the same opportunity. I saw one of the sales managers going around the teams and making sure that everyone had taken part. So why were there people missed out? If they weren’t at their desk when the sales manager went round, then it is up to their direct manager to make sure that they are included.

It seems to me that there are a couple of managers who need to apologise to some, or, in some cases, all of their teams.

Fun And Games

My company is doing a lot at the moment to improve the conditions at work, and make it more enjoyable for the staff. They’ve got us a table football game, music as we come into work, a pool table, a play station, and a box full of games. And this is only the start.

Our break area is now more of a games room. It can get quite noisy as people – mainly the guys – get quite competitive and start cheering as they compete against each other. This has annoyed a few people who like to eat their lunch in peace and there has been a few complaints.

I think that there are a few simple things that can be done that may help a little. There’s a blind that can be pulled across the centre of the break room, the doors at either end could be kept shut so that the noise doesn’t affect people on the phones, and people could be a little more considerate and just be a bit quieter. Very simple.

My worry is that people will be complaining too much and the powers-that-be will turn around and say ‘ok we’ll remove it all’. After all if you’re trying to help someone and that person is full of criticism for what you’re doing, then you would walk away and leave them to their own devices, wouldn’t you?

There are complaints that these games are for the men only. Well they are for everyone. The women can use these items as well – if they want to. I don’t like table football, but I’m not going to start complaining that it’s only for the guys because I don’t want to use it. That would just be churlish.

I think it’s great that we’ve got these things. There are many companies out there that don’t have anything like this. If people show their gratitude then they would get a lot more. I know the company is planning to give us more. But if the complaints continue then that may well change.

Good Times

We had a great team motivating session a few days ago. Played jenga, hangman, bingo, drew a portrait of one of our colleagues and wrote a poem. We had to take calls as well – just the odd one or two. It was a lovely day with a lot of laughter and friendship.

I won a couple of games of hangman, a joint win at bingo, and I won the poem competition. Yes – I’m a poet and didn’t know it! My poem has also been entered into the company wide competition. My portrait drawing was pretty bad, but I can’t be good everything lol.

I then won £75 on a scratch card.

Today I had a surprise ‘get off the phones and go watch the Easter bonnet competition for an hour’, and ‘have a drink on us’, and, the best part, ‘you can go home an hour earlier on us’. Yes, I’m very happy at the moment. These good times can carry on. I do not mind. I have no problem with it all. 🙂