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BAERING “Best Places to Work” and Team Scavenger Hunt

If you haven’t heard, Triangle Business Journal named 50 businesses as the “Best Places to Work in the Triangle” for 2016, and we were chosen! At its Best Places to Work Bash Thursday, September 22 we partook in a formal luncheon with the Triangle’s premier companies and organizations. Each announced company was allowed their own walk-up song as it strutted to the stage for a picture. Our president, Rob Buhler, represented BAERING (formerly MMI Public Relations) to the hip-hop song, “Work Hard, Play Hard,” by Wiz Khalifa as he made his way to the stage.

In lieu of our award, BAERING decided what better way to celebrate our victory than with a team-building exercise. Playing on our strategic mindsets, we embarked on a scavenger hunt around Crabtree Valley Mall and The Marriott Hotel. Split into three groups, each team received a set of 26 tasks to complete in just one hour. The rules required each team to snap photos with certain objects as we completed each task—extra points were awarded to the most creative! Stakes were high for the bragging rights of BAERING Scavenger Hunt Champion, and the competition did not disappoint.

On Thursday afternoon, decked out in our well-designed BAERING t-shirts, the teams powerwalked from the lobby of The Marriott in various directions, determined to check every task in the list. As I began staring at the sheet, I was surprised to see tasks such as: pose next to a mannequin in a storefront window, fit into the smallest area as a group, and ask a group of four to do the YMCA pose. We’re not shy here at BAERING, and that showed as we asked TBJ award winners and Crabtree Mall goers alike to help us in our pursuits. As we negotiated with strangers and worked together, capturing numerous embarrassing moments, groups could see one another pacing through the mall to keep checking off that list. We reenacted the Abbey Road cover, sat with unknown families for lunch, and made human pyramids. Some of us even served strangers at local restaurants. The hour flew by, and we met over a couple brews at The Red Monkey Tavern to judge, and laugh at, our embarrassing photos. The team comprised of Blair, Jordan, Michelle and Miles won bragging rights for the year, but the competition is fierce for our next scavenger hunt already.

If your company is looking for an activity that will engage your workplace and allow for team building in an interactive, fun way, try planning a scavenger hunt. What other fun activity has your workplace done? We’d love to hear your ideas!