India Inc today believes in working hard and playing even harder, quite literally! Seeing the growing passion for sports among employees, organizations are doing all they can to promote sporting activities at the workplace.
India Inc is betting big on the manifold benefits that sporting activities provide. Experts confirm that the qualities one imbibes as a sportsperson can easily be translated into one’s work life. Such initiatives primarily help to maintain equilibrium between work and play amongst employees, which are very essential to foster better performance. With the growing need of having healthy employee employer relations such initiatives by corporate houses serve as a platform to reduce pressure and unite every member of the organization. Inter corporate sporting events also help in reinforcing the organization’s brand value and provide a common ground for professionals to come together to build a creative network share novel ideas and improve associate and organization productivity. Sports trigger constructive attitudes among employees while knitting a closer bond among colleagues by facilitating one to identify the temperament of his /her peer as people are completely themselves when they are involved in a sporting activity.
A few sport related initiatives are:
Riding on a new wave
Microsoft India has a small, yet an enthusiastic group of cyclists that head out every week, in a quest to explore the outskirts of Hyderabad on their fancy cycles. This year they participated in the annual ITsAP CSR Forum Republic Day ride. The initiative provides a great platform for industry associations companies and people to raise awareness and funds for their chosen causes this year being education.
The torch bearer
At Convergys special events like the Convergys Olympics an annual mega sports event running up to three weeks, generates much employee enthusiasm. Supported by a strong internal communications program the Convergys Olympics features a mascot, team flags and gala opening and closing ceremonies. Sports activities include table tennis, volleyball, cricket, football, obstacle races cycling competitions and relay races.
Games people play
Godrej ke khiladi is an annual event where several games are conducted over four weeks with a theme for each week namely Khelo Dhoondo Jeeto (Treasure Hunt of a different kind). X-hausted Khel Khel Mein and Business Baazigar.
Kick starting a new trend
Apeejay Oxford bookstores Pvt Ltd supports the aspirations of their employees who are involved in various sports. For instance the organizations give continuous support to an employee. An employee who has won the national championship in kickboxing nine times and also the coveted Sliver medal in Asian kickboxing 2010
In order to encourage employee fitness at a global level, Applied Materials launched its own Olympics Fitness Challenge in Feb 2010 spanning across six weeks. In the applied Olympics Fitness Challenge fashioned after the Olympic Games, participants across the globe competed in teams in an effort to win a medal for a particular sport. The country with the highest medal count at the conclusion of the six week program won the title of fittest country.
The Fun quotient
SAP cup is an annual event of SAP Labs and 120 teams from all SAP locations worldwide take part in this tournament which takes place in Germany. The company also ahs several interest groups like cricket , table tennis, quiz, books running and cycling (SAP roadies) etc where like minded employees get together and organize various activities
Therefore if you feel that you have lost touch with your favorite sport, it’s time to revisit your golden days – with a little help from your employee.