On Friday, August 18, tributes from Districts all over SoCal, Arizona, and Colorado assembled at the The Outlets at Orange for the Annual Staff Retreat titled The Innovation Games. Our hosts from the Capitol, Reggie Managé (Regional Manager, James Le) and Humana Resoursa (Human Resources, Allison Stanley) rode in to greet the troops in style.
The Districts were handed a packet of instructions, an envelope of money, and a set of rules to guide them through their journey in the arena. And they were off, racing against the other Districts in the hopes of being crowned the winners of the Innovation Games! Unlike the Hunger Games, no one was killed in the process, but lots of fun was to be had! Tributes were challenged to a scavenger hunt with tasks such as rock climbing, eating large amounts of cotton candy, finding hidden items, forming human pretzels while eating pretzels, and much more.
Once the time was up, the Districts turned in their packets to Reggie Managé and brainstormed how we could be more innovative at Project Access. Our staff being as amazing as they are, came up with a lot of ideas on how to work better as an organization, be more connected together as staff, and even make our processes more efficient.
Then we all came together for lunch at Dave and Busters…which of course turned into an impromptu Karaoke party! Even our CEO & President, Kristin Byrnes, serenaded us with her angelic voice! And no party is complete without the Cupid Shuffle! (Sorry, photos of these were lost in the process!)
If you can believe it, we played even MORE games still! Staff were given D&B cards with points to try to earn as many tickets as they can at the arcade. Each 100 tickets earned was redeemable for 1 raffle ticket for raffle prizes!
You must be dying to know who won the Innovation Games, so were we!!! Here are the results:
Coming in at 3rd place….
And the winners of the Innovation Games…
Lastly, staff who had been with the company for 5+ years were recognized for all of their hard work and dedication to Project Access.
It was a fabulous day! We laughed, we danced, we sang, and we bonded! We all forged new friendships with staff who had been with the company for 10 years, all the way to staff who had just started 3 days prior. And that’s what makes us such a great team!
Happy Innovation Games, and May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor!