On Dec. 21, members of the Colorado Department of Public Safety's Logistics Services section faced off in a friendly competition that built camaraderie, fostered understanding of their roles, and spread holiday cheer...using gingerbread house kits and the creative use of spare parts.
Each Logistics team competed to build the best gingerbread representation of what they do for CDPS and the citizens of Colorado. Workers who typically find themselves under the hood of a patrol car, organizing supplies in a warehouse, and customizing fire trucks for local fire agencies tapped into their creative side to compete in the holiday-themed challenge.
The gingerbread creations told the story of each unit better than a glossy tri-fold brochure could!
Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance and benefit of building time for "fun" into the workplace -- in fact, the topic will one of many that will be explored during the February CDPS Leadership Strategies Institute session. The Logistics Services holiday competition illustrated how powerful play can be: team members were energized and laughed together while collaborating on a creative project that ultimately taught everyone a little bit about each other and how they all play an important role in keeping Colorado safe.