Alongside the Summer Olympics in Rio, Signal’s office in Chicago hosted Shark Week with a 2016 Shark Olympics theme. As part of this biannual tradition, Signalites collaborated on projects designed to increase efficiency across the organization, and ended up champions ready to take on the rest of the year.
The week began with the opening ceremony on Monday, where employees gathered together in a team meeting to share their project plans for the week. Following the gathering, employees were excited to begin tackling their projects with an opportunity to be 100% innovative.
“I think Shark Week is super cool because it’s dedicated to taking what we currently have and making it even better. In the end, customers benefit because they see performance increase,” said Salman Malik, a Software Engineer.
Some of the best parts of the week were the team-building activities. Every day there was catered pizza, tacos and wraps for lunch, and an office wide ping-pong tournament to ignite friendly competition between Signalites. Zach Rivest walked away a ping-pong champion for the second time, and even received a trophy to display at his desk.
Throughout Shark Week there were also opportunities for employees to present their passions outside of the office. Kate Agnew spoke to other employees about her thesis on Greek Religion and Identity, and Aaron Dunlap presented his famous Reddit Robot.
“Shark Week is a unique opportunity to see what makes people tick. When people can share their talents and interests outside of work, their projects come to life,” said Stephanie Schneider, the Director of Talent Acquisition.
During the closing ceremony on “Demo Day” Friday, employees were excited to share the projects they had designed to supercharge company performance. For the first time in Shark Week history, one video presentation had employees demanding an instant replay for it’s entertaining and clever content. Although there were no gold medals physically distributed, the presentations had all participants feeling like winners.
The 2016 Shark Olympics helped employees to foster team spirit, reinforce Signals entrepreneurial and agile foundation for success, and have fun too. Although the International Olympics only come around once every four years, employees will be back to participate and compete in Shark Week activities early next year.