The beginning of October in the Midwest can be hot. It’s not the pleasant kind of hot that pairs well with a cold glass of lemonade. No, thanks to the humid Ohio Valley climate, it’s the kind of hot that conjures up fantasies of ice baths and industrial-size fans. October 9, 2018, was one of the hottest days of the year in Evansville, Indiana, and as luck would have it, it was also the day of our annual cornhole tournament. Now in its second year, the cornhole tournament allows employees from Motivating Systems and Lieberman Technologies to enjoy a little friendly competition.
Not sure what cornhole is? According to Wikipedia, cornhole is “a lawn game in which players take turns throwing bags of corn at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. Play continues until a team or player reaches (or exceeds) the score of 21.” Depending on where you’re from, you might also know it as bags, Baggo, or bag toss. It’s a popular game at barbecues, tailgates, and company events, and players can get pretty invested in the outcome. (Fun fact: there are several organizations that promote cornhole as a sport, both nationally and worldwide. Players can compete professionally in tournaments, earn scholarships and prize monies, and even be featured on ESPN!)
While we’re not anywhere near professional-level players, we took our tournament seriously just the same. Here are a few photos from our day:
A little friendly rivalry is one thing… but add prize money into the mix and the competitive spirit really comes out! Cash prizes were handed out to 1st and 2nd place winners – $25 for first and $15 for second.
Employee Engagement and Positive Workplace Culture
Motivating Systems is all about engaging employees in the workplace. We call ourselves Motivators and we find ways to make work fun and create a positive workplace culture. And why not? We spend most of our waking hours in the workplace and with our co-workers. Because Motivating Systems is a small company that values personal relationships with peers and co-workers, we encourage having a little fun in our workday.
The cornhole tournament is a spirited and friendly competition that brings multiple departments in the two companies together. It helps employees to get out of their daily routine for some social interaction and enjoyment. In a positive workplace culture such as this, people want to come to work… even when it’s super-hot outside!