If there’s ever a time to get kooky at DAXKO, it’s during our annual company-wide event known as Kick-Off. There’s just something about it that brings out two things in our Team Members: silliness and a seriously competitive drive. When you combine the two, you end up with ridiculous team names like, “Holy Sheep! We’re Better Than Ewe!” “Turn Your Head and Kick-Off,” and my favorite, “Laser Cats!” (Yes it’s an SNL reference. And, yes, they wore costumes.)
At every Kick-Off, we have a unique team building activity. This year, CEO Dave invented an urban scavenger hunt appropriately called “Operation Scooter Mountain.” The gist was that our beloved office scooters had been kidnapped and hidden around the Birmingham area. All 95 of our team members were divided into 10 teams that raced around the city aboard passenger vans, a limo and one stretch Ford Excursion to look for clues and scooters.
Since we’re a tech company who loves gadgets and gizmos, Dave sent clues to teams via their smart phones, and in return, teams sent back pictures proving they had made it to their destinations. Naturally, we wound up with a hilarious collection of photos afterward – some I wish I’d never seen, now that I recall…
Teams had to complete tasks like indoor rock climbing, getting cuffed by a police officer and getting behind the counter at Starbucks (sorry, Starbucks!). Small tasks, really. In the end, we had a triumphant winner: “Holy Sheep! We’re Better Than Ewe!” As it turns out, they really are better than ewe. Here they are below posing with their trophies and gift cards. For more pictures from Kick-Off, see www.flickr.com/photos/daxko.