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Team Spirit

Here’s how five companies have fun, while building teamwork and showing their appreciation for the good work their employees do.

Photo: Courtesy of Weston Solutions

1. Take a Hike. Make a Difference. With wellness a core company value, Weston Solutions, an environmental solutions company at Davies Pacific Center, has a monthly company-sponsored employee hike with a group barbecue at the end of the trail. In July, Weston hikers added an environmental benefit to their exercise by helping to clean out invasive species along the Pauoa Flats trail in partnership with the Manoa Cliff Native Forest Restoration Project.

Photo: Alex Viarnes

2. International Goodwill and Good Eats. At the monthly Intercultural Communications College Ohana Potluck, students from Japan, Korea, Spain, Russia, Brazil and more share their native dishes and are introduced to local favorites by their teachers at ICC. Located at the Clifford Center, ICC offers English language instruction, teacher training and intercultural sensitivity programs.

Photo: Courtesy of Pacific Office Properties

3. An Italian Summer Picnic with a Purpose. During summer, employees of The Shidler Group and Pacific Office Properties at Davies Pacific Center enjoyed catered Italian fare alfresco. Special Olympics-Hawaii vice president of sports/sports marketing Dan Epstein taught employee teams how to play the traditional Italian game of bocce ball. Employees also had fun training as volunteers for Special Olympics Hawaii’s Annual Aukake Classic Bocce Ball event.

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4. Pass the Popcorn, It’s Movie Day! Once per month, at the Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group-Hawaii at the Pan Am Building, the company’s 27 employees gather in the conference room (redecorated as a movie theater) to watch a movie projected on the company’s special widescreen. DTAG also buys the popcorn, hot dogs, burgers and drinks.

Photo: Alex Viarnes of Poi Boy Productions

5. Lunch Is on Us. Since it began in 2009, Hawaii Human Resources (HiHR), a human resource outsourcing company at Waterfront Plaza, has provided its staff of 30 with a catered lunch, snacks and drinks every workday. HiHR orders the lunches from associated vendors among its clients. “The reciprocal gestures with our clients lead to a healthier and happier work force, both in and out of our office,” says chief executive officer Matthew Delaney.

 

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