Asda staff work up to a ‘frenzy’ on prize course

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Thewinners of Personnel Today’s overall HR Excellence Award for 2000 completed ateambuilding event called Madhouse Frenzy as part of their prize last month. Asda’s 28-strong people development team was split into groups and had to completea number of tasks to earn “money” which then went towards buyingprops for a final presentation. The team, which was also named Personnel Today’s Training Excellence Awardwinners at the ceremony in November, travelled to Pontefract to take part inthe event, run by Impact Development Training Group. Sam Carey, marketing manager of Impact Development Training Group, said,”A challenging team development event enables people to get to know eachother in a less formal situation, which will help to develop trust andcommitment at a deeper level. “Basically, if people understand each other, they are more inclined tolike each other, and people who like each other tend to work better as ateam.” Although most “tasks” put to the teams were fun, they did containa serious element, and involved team members working together, using differentstrengths and skills to their best advantage. Projects included putting up a tent blindfold and earning cash by singingBohemian Rhapsody. Impact Development Training Group’s Carey explained, “The tasksthemselves have been designed to highlight all qualities of both the team andthe individuals, from mental agility to downright exhibitionism. It reallyhelps individuals discover characteristics about themselves and bonds the teamtogether as a whole.” Team member Alex Sissons, , said, “I loved it – I got to work withpeople I don’t usually get tog- ether with. It was certainly inspiring.” New staff have joined Asda’s people development team since winning theawards, and its head, Paul McKinlay, wanted the opportunity to furtherintegrate them into the team and get to know them personally. Sarah Lowey, who started as development manager the following week, said,”I wanted to go on the day so I didn’t feel as if I was missing out. Ifelt part of the team immediately.” The HR team spent two hours in the blazing sun completing a range ofpractical tasks, including lowering a cane to the floor using all members ofthe team, defusing a bomb aided only by minimal household items, and gettingthe team from A to B across a highly dangerous electricity field. They thenmade final presentations themed around Asda’s values. Nicki Seignot, who has been with the company for 15 years and is now peopledevelopment manager of Talent Store, was impressed. “Because of the numberof new team members this is an ideal time to experiment with new ideas. Ourstructure is such that we have a number of smaller teams within a large team,so with this we have got the whole team mixing in which is great.”  Asda staff work up to a ‘frenzy’ on prize courseOn 12 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more