This week, the PeriGen North America team met to collaborate, map the future, and socialize in our new hometown, Cary, NC. The event, including both PeriCALM and WatchChild team members, started as you would expect.
Lots of introductions and matching faces to the names made familiar through phone and email. Lots of handshakes and hugs. Lots of questions asked and answered over shared meals.
With the joining of PeriGen and WatchChild, purchased from Hill-Rom 10 weeks ago, the work to learn from each organization and meld them into a dynamic whole started from the get-go. This week’s event focused on expanding initial learning, cross-training, and developing an improved, expanded customer support team to provide an even deeper, more convenient customer experience.
And then the time for team building began.
Chip Long, PeriGen’s senior vice president of sales & growth, had arranged for a special surprise: PeriGen’s first ‘Build-a-Bike Challenge.’
Amidst the hard work and laughter, the team got together last Thursday afternoon to hold a trivia contest and build ten bikes for ten very special “Littles” from Cary’s Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.
The challenge featured teams of four-five with six rounds of pretty tough trivia questions. Topics ranged from childbirth, technology, WatchChild, and PeriCALM to turkeys, geography, hunting licenses, and more. (Click here to take a stab at answering them yourself.)
Every correct answer resulted in one point for the team and the one part of their bike. At the end of the trivia challenge, each team started to build their bike. Although no prizes were awarded for the speed in which the bikes were built, you can guess that the rivalry continued!
First, second, and third place prizes went to the teams with the highest trivia performance scores, but the real reward came as a complete surprise to everyone when …
… after building their bikes and basking in the glow of jobs well done, there came a soft knock on one of the doors and…
PeriGen was joined by “Littles” from Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Cary, NC who each received a bike built during the “Build-a-Bike Challenge.”
The reaction was immensely heart warming for the PeriGen teams and, we think, a special event for the kids.