December is known to be the month when staff productivity levels are at their lowest point. With festive distractions it is harder to get staff to focus and complete deadlines. But, not so much at Black Swan Analysis, where we have a ‘word hard party harder’ attitude.
We kicked off December by raising money for the Christmas Cracker Challenge 2019. On 5th December, our team participated in a number of wacky sports activities, including nerf wars, volleyball, king ball and an assault course ending the evening with a quiz.
Along with being a fun team activity where our physical and mental strength was tested, it was an excuse for the Black Swan team to raise money for a number of community groups based in the area, helping the most disadvantaged people during the Christmas period. It was indeed a very satisfying feeling of being able to give back to the community.
As part of the ongoing festive celebrations, accompanied with a year-end company update everyone participated in 'Secret Santa'. Again, the aim was to support local charities and so only charity-bought gifts were accepted. This was followed with a sumptuous meal and more than a few glasses of bubbly on our annual Christmas Do in a local pub. With a few new joinees in our team this was a great opportunity to relax and get to know each other better.
Bringing a bit of festivity into the office can go a long way in improving workplace productivity at this time of the year and we at Black Swan Analysis can certainly see the benefits of that.