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HOUSTON – February 12, 2010 – Just in time for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Houston-based G&A Partners, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) and human resource (HR) service provider, offers companies some golden tips to reward and motivate a medal-worthy workforce.
“For Americans, the Olympics are always a motivational event,” says Tony Grijalva, Chairman and CEO of G&A. “Now more than ever, after having endured both economic and emotional hardships, businesses should use the Olympics as an opportunity to engage and inspire their employees.”
During this year’s Olympics, G&A encourages employers to generate camaraderie and reward champion performances with these fun-filled suggestions:
Coffee & Carbs – The west coast games could have many staying up late to catch live coverage of evening events. Perk up your workers with coffee and bagels the morning after a particularly popular event.
Workplace Watch Party - The Olympics have the power to unite worldwide cultures and communities, so why not use the games to bring your company closer together. Allow your employees to follow the action online or on televisions in common areas.
Let the Games Begin – Promote the Olympic spirit and a healthier workplace with a little light-hearted and healthy competition that recognizes the sacrifice, discipline and hard work of our athletes. Support a weight loss or a workout challenge, hold a stair climbing competition, or create a workplace event where employees race rolling chairs through a cubicle maze.
Venture to Vancouver – Long after the athletes have returned home, Vancouver will remain a favorite year-round travel destination. Reward a truly outstanding performance with a trip to visit this majestic city and its Olympic Village.
Booster Club - An aspiring Olympian spends an average of eight hours a day, seven days a week training their body and mind — more time than a full-time job — in hopes of being the best in the world. If your company has the means, consider sponsoring an athlete. In exchange for providing an athlete with the funds necessary to train, your company could receive positive publicity and motivational appearances with your athlete. Allow employees to take part by contributing change year-round to help subsidize the sponsorship.
“Employers and employees everywhere are feeling the strain of a recessed economy,” says Grijalva. “If in the midst of these challenging times, a company can lighten the atmosphere without incurring a lot of cost, they can cultivate a fun culture that inspires their workers. In return, employees will be more engaged and committed to their jobs."