AITS Goes for the Gold during Employee Appreciation Week
Recap courtesy of Stephan Seyfert
While the actual Olympic Games won't be happening in Tokyo this summer, AITS employees already took home a gold medal during Employee Appreciation Week March 2-6. It’s been said the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach, and a big part of Appreciation Week involves food. Refreshing, fruit-infused water was provided all week with different flavors each day.
Tuesday started with the “Opening Ceremony” cereal and breakfast bar followed by “Gold Medal Goodies” in the afternoon, featuring Olympic cookies and other snacks.
Wednesday kicked off with “Olympic Rings” – donuts with Olympic colored icing – as part of a breakfast spread. The afternoon snacks featured golden popcorn.
Thursday morning started off with a special treat as the AITS Leadership Team served a “Team Captain’s Breakfast” featuring hot and homemade items such as breakfast casseroles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, and a large variety of other hot and cold items. The afternoon snacks were a true reward with cake and ice cream included. You can read Matt Macomber's food review of the breakfast here!
To burn off some of those calories, Office Olympics were held on Tuesday afternoon. The friendly and challenging competition pitted colleagues against each other in three events. Bowling, using a toddler bowling set, proved to be more challenging than many expected. Rubber band archery was also a difficult feat. The paper “javelin” toss (using paper airplanes) was a highly competitive activity, with the gold medal going to an amazing 39’1” toss by Steve Ashwill.
Another contest was held on Thursday afternoon to see who could race the fastest through a series of locations while using their wits to solve clues in a scavenger hunt. Student worker Adam Frerichs won this heated competition after other competitors struggled to figure out the clue for the break room vending machine or the one for the mail room.
Employees were also encouraged to wear patriotic clothing representing any country on Wednesday. Gold medals, champion certificates, and refreshing sports drinks were also delivered to each employee’s workspace during the week. The “Closing Ceremony” on Friday featured a smorgasbord of snacks remaining from the week.
Many people contribute to making the week a success, including employees who volunteer, AITS Leadership Team members, AITS Social Committee members, and the AITS Strategic Human Capital team. This year's theme, specifically, was a huge success thanks to Mike LaPointe for allowing use of his authentic Olympic memorabilia including flags, banners, and uniforms!