World Cup in the Workplace

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Here at CARAGON the office has gone world cup mad, like many others around the world. The world cup is a international topic of conversation running for a full month, it can be great for relationship building , rapport among workers and much more.

Every coffee break and chance to talk about it,is pounced on by work colleges. It brings  everyone in the office together, all on a level playing field. People gather at lunch time and even plan their lunch so they witness the team they’ve  been drawn in the sweepstake put it all on the line for them, blood sweat and tears. It’s all for the glorious and coveted jackpot at the end of it all (don’t forget bragging rights too). There is more than the sweepstake that takes place though. It seems that the world cup brings every department together under one conversation that ignites relationships with colleagues, that otherwise may not have occurred.

The Sweepstake

Okay, so in nearly every workplace a world cup sweepstake is taking place. It can vary from sweepstake to sweepstake with different rules for each office but it all accumulates to a winner and maybe some other spot prizes. Here at CARAGON we have done the traditional sweepstake with each team member pulling out a team and it all ending with accusation of bribery and treason to the code of conduct when the organizer pulls out Germany and you are left with Saudi Arabia.  It happens.

This is where you can have the conversation with Dave from HR that the whole process is rigged and its a money making scheme for the organisers. A topic that you both now firmly believe and can chat about over a nice coffee and a quick look a the scores in the world cup. People you would never have interacted or come in contact with before are now part of your work environment.

Helping the Less Fortunate (non football people)

So, it is a given that some people know more about football than others. Some people need help with who the best teams are, who will be top goal scorer and who is going to get knocked out first. These are are small bets and prizes that can go on around the office. At CARAGON we have our developer Mick. Mick is a rugby man and believes football is a waste of time, yet the power of the world cup shines bright and of course Mick couldn’t resist the office sweepstake. It doesn’t matter what sport you follow the world cup is bringing everyone together.

So Mick needs help with the world cup, it’s time for myself on the marketing side of the office to help him out. Useful tips like Panama’s left back Murillo is in with a great chance for golden boot and Morocco have a great chance of making it to the final four. Thanks for the money Mick. Anyways the world cup gives a chance for the “football experts” to display their knowledge and help others with the game of football. Bringing the football fans together with people interested in other sport or even no sport at all!

Building Relationships Outside of Work

With the world cup taking place in Russia there are games all throughout the day and this even includes after work and weekends. With the people you would never have struck up a conversation with and the interest the majority of the office has, after work games can be a way to get to know your work colleges better. With nothing to do on a Friday evening , you can throw up the suggestion for a sneaky pint after work on Friday. The build up of stress due to work deadlines and long hours all week can be released over a pint or coffee Friday evening with people in the exact same situation as you.

We all get tired after a weeks work, but what better way to let the giddiness of a Friday feeling out but to join your work colleges in the pub or cafe and sit down and watch the world cup. Every pub or cafe has that extra bit of spice with it because of the world cup. Get to know your colleagues on a personal level and find out more about them. Building team rapport among workers is a key aspect in a successful business. Happy workers are productive workers.

CARAGON is a data solutions company based in Limerick, Ireland. We are serious about data but there is always time for a sweepstake (apparently)!


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