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Bags and Bubba: Team Building at Quality Logo Products [VIDEO]

Even though QLP is a fairly small company, our employees are physically split between two buildings. And even though we need each other to drive sales and promote our company, we don’t have to physically walk over to talk to each other.

Thus, it occurred to us that while we knew peoples’ names, we didn’t have any idea what they liked to do or how they spent their non-QLP hours. Heck, most didn’t know what the other building did during work hours.

There was only one solution to our problem: team building.

What’s the best way to build team unity during the summer? A bags tournament.

For those of you outside the Chicago suburbs, you might know this game as Cornhole. For those of you completely unfamiliar with this game, you must’ve skipped all the fraternity parties in college.

Josh and Laura warm up for some friendly competition.

Teams were created with one player from each building. Our first assignment was to come up with team names. After much deliberation and hundreds of e-mails, our team names ranged from “2010 Bags Tournament Champions” to “Legion of Doom” with everything else in between.

For the next three weeks we fell into a serious bags tournament. But even with the trash talking e-mails, real team building was happening. Employees started crossing into opposite buildings to talk and strategize, but would stay to ask about a poster on a cubicle wall or inquire what the other was currently working on.

Mid-August we moved to the playoffs, and 16 lucky teams (and by lucky, I mean almost all of the teams) competed for the coveted position of 2011 Bags Tournament Champions. There was sweat, there were tears, but most of all, there was heckling.

Vern and Megan take home the 2011 Bags Tournament trophy!

Vern and Megan take home the 2011 Bags Tournament trophy!

In the end, Vern (of our IT department) and Megan (from Sales) took home the gold and earned bragging rights for an entire year. All of us enjoyed having the fifteen minute breaks once or twice a week, and we all definitely had a lot of fun at the office.

Though there was one QLP mascot that had more fun than the rest of us put together. Bubba was seen practicing at all hours of the day and sharpening his competitive edge. Joe even captured a bit of Bubba’s fun to share with all of our readers:

Inspired to host your own bags tournament? What are other ways you’ve fostered team building within your brand?



Mandy Kilinskis

Mandy is proud to be a part of QLP’s content team. A self-professed nerd, her interests include video games, sitcoms, superhero movies, iPods and iPhones but never Macs, and shockingly, writing. Her claims to fame are: owning over forty pairs of Chuck Taylor All Stars, offering spot-on coffee advice, and knowing an unbelievable amount of Disney Princess facts. You can connect with Mandy on

Comments

  1. JPorretto

    I had so much fun with this! Especially since it was right outside my window the whole time. I’ll admit it, I got distracted by all the fun a few times. I’m only human!

    Another excellent video Mr. Giorgi! It’s amazing how accurate that final bag toss was ;)

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Highly accurate indeed. Almost as if someone with exceptional skill threw that toss. ;)

  2. amy

    Our bags tournament was so much fun! My team made it a lot farther than I thought we would… Leo probably thought the same thing too LOL

    Love the video Joe! Excellent job!!!

  3. Bret Bonnet

    I wish I had Bubba for a bags partner! :)

  4. Rachel

    “Mid-August we moved to the playoffs, and 16 lucky teams (and by lucky, I mean almost all of the teams)”

    Hey, those of us who didn’t make it to the playoffs still played pretty well! We just didn’t score well … It was rigged, I tell you! ;)

    Anyway, great post and great video, guys!

  5. Jana Quinn

    Joe, you just did for bags what Community did for paintball.

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Such an epic episode. I’m not sure that this compares, but I’d imagine that QLP will have something similarly epic in the months to come.

  6. Jen

    JOE THE VIDEO IS SO AWESOME!!!!!! +50

    I loved the bags tournament! Even though my partner and I didn’t win every game, I had fun just being outside for 15 minutes in the afternoon and socializing with everyone in the office I don’t see regularly. :)

    (+50 for Mandy writing the blog! Nice job!)

  7. Jenna Markowski

    Everything about this is beautiful. I love the Bubba video so much! :D

    The bags tournament was a lot of fun! ~*LeGiOn oF d00m 4 EvA*~

    • Joseph Giorgi

      Glad you liked the video, Jenna. The credit for the idea totally goes to you! As far as I’m concerned, those 50 points I just got from Jen go to you as well. :D

  8. Jill Tooley

    Hooray for bags! I didn’t find my groove until the last couple of games, but I was on a roll there at the end of the tournament. Michelle and I (Team Voldemort) had a lot of fun, and that’s what really matters, right?

    It was so cool to see everyone interacting with each other, especially team members who hadn’t really met prior to playing together. Now there’s a lot more interaction between the two sides of the building – mission accomplished! Can’t wait until the trivia contest this fall/winter, if that’s still happening! :)

    Awesome post, Mandy! And Joe – you’ve done it again. Congrats on another well done video! I love the sound effects as Bubba gets knocked in. Nice touch!

    • Joseph Giorgi

      The sound was actually the toughest part. Glad it payed off!

      Mandy definitely did an awesome job with the blog though. The video’s nothin’ without it! :)

      • Mandy Kilinskis

        D’awww, you two are making me blush. It’s really Joe’s video that ties it all together.

  9. Amanda

    Super video Joe! Those sound effects are excellent!

    And great blog Mandy! The Bags Tournament was a ton of fun! My team, “The Bag Ladies” bonded so much over those weeks! =) I think it really had a positive effect on everyone at QLP.

  10. LK

    The QLP Bags Tournament was a blast and a great way to get to know all the employees at QLP.

    And this video and blog are AWESOME!

  11. Lauren G.

    Awesome post! Awesome video, Joe! That Josh guy is pretty cute. ;) He beats me at bags everytime… :p

  12. Janell

    Is there someone that I could talk with about the specifics behind the tournament (how it was organized, etc.)?

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Hi Janell!

      What kind of specifics were you looking for? We had everyone in the company rank their skill level from 1 to 10 and then paired them up to bring an attempt of fairness to the teams. (1s went with 10s, 5s with 5s).

      Then teams picked names and we set it up in a tournament bracket and went from there!

  13. Julie

    I love this idea! I have written up a proposal to my manager to start a “Bags Tournament” and it will be presented at our weekly meeting tomorrow! Great idea guys, and thanks for sharing! Go Bubba!!

  14. Julie Garmon

    Hi Again! Is there any possibility you could contact me? I would like to find out how you guys did this successfully, i.e. rules, winners tier for the championship, fitting in the time, etc,etc. I have a very enthusiastic group wanting to do this, and my manager loved it, but wants more detailed info before giving the OK. I left my email address if you would be willing to email me…Thanks so much for your time and for the idea!

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