In case you haven’t noticed, the holidays are upon us. And if you’re asking yourself, is the Aerohive Fun Committee doing anything special, then I have to ask … “Have you ever met us??”
To put it mildly, there’s a LOT going on around here right now.
- Your food drive
- Your blood drive
- Your cube decorating contest
- Your holiday wish drive
And trust me, people take each of these activities VERY seriously around here, thanks to a combination of things: Our desire to give back to the community, and let’s face it, a friendly competitive spirit that runs thick through the walls around here.
The whole thing kicked off Monday with Aerohive’s KING CAN Second Harvest Food Drive. Everyone at HQ was assigned to one of four teams, which competed to see who can bring in the most canned items.
To get an idea of what’s driving these people to win, a message was sent around the company that read, “Will team CAN SPAM slow down tomorrow? Will Teams CUPCAKE, CAN CAN, and CAN-Droids take the lead for first place?!”
Clearly nobody in Silicon Valley could resist a challenge like that. This is how things looked on Monday right after the barrels were rolled out:
Now look at the progress after just TWO days.
The food is still rolling in, but as of mid-day Wednesday, this is how things were looking (yes that’s a pie chart – I told you we take these things seriously!)
We didn’t stop at giving food. We also had our second company mobile blood drive. The American Red Cross made it easy for us by once again parking its Mobile Blood Drive bus outside our front door.
Having an opportunity to save a life is a real motivator, considering the number of Hivesters willing to roll up a sleeve and get stuck by a needle.
Awww, Bobby (one of our Opportunity Development Representatives) is just kidding … it’s not scary, and it doesn’t really hurt. Right Bobby? (Bobby, this is the part where you say “It’s easy and painless – everybody should do it!)
Not only is Joel smiling, he didn’t miss a beat and kept right on working while giving up his pint. It turns out donating blood can be rewarding AND productive! (I wonder if Steve Jobs had this in mind when he thought up the iPhone).
I'm proud to report that we had 20 donors this time, and the folks at Red Cross make the experience as pleasant as possible. Last time they pumped club music into the bus, but this time they played a mix of 60s/70s/80s and holiday music.
While I was in there they played songs from the Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac and Queen. I would have boogied, if not for being plugged into a machine. Love the music, but truthfully my favorite part is snack time. They put out a spread of chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, Cheez-Its, fudge sticks, water and Welch’s cranberry juice cocktail and orange juice.
The Mobile Blood Drive bus eventually went on its way, but they will be back for another fill-up … they know where to get the good stuff.
Among the campaigns still to come is the The Family Giving Tree’s Holiday Wish Drive. This organization works with more than 250 Bay Area social service agencies that supply the names and wishes of the children they serve year-round. A wish card is printed for each child, detailing their age, gender, first name and their wish for a holiday gift – givers simply pick a kid and fulfill his or her wish.
We have already set up a tree in the lobby, where Hivesters will get their candidate for this year’s gift drive.
In the spirit of PURE FUN, we also as a group met in the lobby Wednesday afternoon for snacks, drinks and to help decorate the buildings. Good laughs, pretty decorations.
And now for the pièce de résistance: Aerohive’s annual Holiday CUBICLE Decorating contest!
This should be fun. I’ve already heard all kinds of crazy rumors about what might go down late Thursday night (the competition ends this Friday morning), and the kinds of creativity the one-upmanship might yield.
Here’s the challenge put before the Hivesters: “One person will take home the title of CUBE DECORATING CHAMPION, which will be announced at the Holiday Party. The judging will take place on Friday, so get your cube decorated in holiday cheer for a chance to win an awesome prize!”
Can we expect something along these lines??
We shall see. If nothing else, we have last year’s cubicle decorating contest to set our expectations accordingly …
Stay tuned for the results from our various competitive, fun and giving efforts, which will be announced next week once the judging is complete.
Please leave a comment and tell us what you are doing for the holidays!
Happy Holidays from the Aerohive Team!