When a Menlo Park, CA pharmaceutical company wanted to do a team building event that also aligned with the company’s mission and goals, they chose Magnovo’s Hospital Helpers™ program.
Setting the Scene for a Startup in San Diego, CA
In the beautiful Kimpton Solamar Hotel, located in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, we met with about 80 employees of Corcept Therapeutics. As would be expected of a start-up, everyone was enthusiastic and excited about the company and the work they did. This team building workshop was an opportunity for some of the highest achievers to connect and strengthen their soft skills in preparation for bigger and better things. The organizers chose Magnovo’s Hospital Helpers™ program, a great fit for this company. Boxes of personal care items are prepared for local hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and related care facilities.
Building Critical Skills Through Hospital Helpers™
We opened with a few icebreaker games to give folks a chance to loosen up. Then we divided the group into teams of 8. Our facilitator-led groups through games that tested how quickly they could think and act. But what we were really getting at was boosting communication and problem-solving skills. Through play, teams earned items for their Hospital Helpers boxes. Teams played for lip balm, socks, stationery, reading material, and blankets or comfort items like stuffed animals. Once teams had all the items they needed, a new round of games challenged folks to do things like allocate resources, delegate, and get creative in order to win (and also pack Hospital Helpers™ boxes efficiently!). Our team building activities focus on the idea of learning by doing – and who says doing can’t be fun, too?
Helping the Homeless in San Diego Through the Alpha Project
The care boxes prepared by the Corcept Therapeutics teams were to be donated to the Alpha Project. This organization helps homeless individuals and families regain self-sufficiency through employment, education, and other assistance. Travis Larson, a representative of the Alpha Project arrived on-site to accept the donation. He thanked the group for their hard work. Mr. Larson also discussed the families the Alpha Project served and said clients’ children would especially appreciate the comfort items. It was an uplifting conclusion to a day filled with energy, compassion, and teamwork. Corcept Therapeutics’ employees are excited to see what comes next, and we have no doubt they’ll succeed.