Everyone has been asked the question, “What did you do at work today?”, but how many people can respond with, “I ate steamed cheeseburgers, competed in a potato sack race, and got muddy playing tug of war”?
Well, that’s exactly what we did at our annual company field day on October 11th, 2017.
Field Day is a tradition that we think sets Clarus apart from other companies. Aside from everyone having a wonderful time, there is an underlying goal of team building here, and we have a lot of fun doing it.
We’ve also had some new hires since the last company event, so it was a great chance for some of our newer team members to get to know the rest of the group.
“I really enjoyed field day and especially liked the water balloon toss and potato sack race. It was great that most of the games were team building activates. Overall, it was a fun day!” – Mike, Customer Service Specialist
A little before noon, we finished up our regular work and headed over to Watrous Park in Cromwell, CT behind the middle school, which was a fitting arena for the schoolyard games that were about to take place. Before anyone could compete, though, we had to fuel up.
Lunch was provided by Ted’s Steamed Cheeseburgers, a local culinary legend, and washed down with free beer for all. It’s great to see the whole company eating lunch together and getting to know folks that they might not always work with.
Once everyone was feeling ready to compete after lunch, the games began.
To get into the groove, we started out with a potato sack race, a three-legged race, a noodle run, and an egg spoon race.
“I did the fastest slow walk that I had ever done in my life during the egg race. I felt silly, but I had no shame with my team laughing and cheering me on the whole way. We also thought that the eggs were, in fact, hard boiled. We found out that was untrue the hard way.” – Paul, B2B Marketing Manager
These games were child’s play, though, and the hula hoop elimination and jump rope contest were true tests of endurance. Everyone was cheering on whoever was still standing nearing the end of each event. The team didn’t matter. That’s exactly how it is in the office. We’re all on the same team at Clarus, and these contests reinforced that.
Next, it was on to the water balloon toss and the sponge run. Both games are designed to require a lot of focus in time critical situations. In our business, we often have to move very quickly. We must also remain extremely calm and collected and work as a team during those times.
To end off the day, the teams participated in a tug-of-war. Although everyone put in a valiant effort, the green team was a force to be reckoned with. They finally got taken down by an all star team (who helped them back up again as well).
Egg Spoon Race: Blue Team
Hula Hoop: Red Team (Sarah)
Three-Legged Race: Yellow Team
Jump Rope: Blue Team (Sierra)
Noodle Run: Purple Team
Potato Sack Race: Green Team
Sponge Run: Green Team
Tug of War: Green Team
Overall Champs: Green Team
A high-performance company with a great work/life balance requires taking the opportunities to have fun whenever they arise. We try to create those opportunities wherever we can.
We want our team to feel like there’s more to coming to work than just meeting deadlines. The work itself is important, but happy employees are the most important. People should enjoy coming to work everyday. Otherwise, what’s the point?
So, we’ll continue the Field Day tradition and we’ll continue rooting for each other. After all, we’re all on the same team here.
At Clarus, we believe that growing together outside of the office makes our time in the office better. Interested in joining a team that knows working hard and playing hard go hand in hand? Check out our job openings here.