Intentionally Creating Team-Based Culture
Here’s the thing: whether you are a small company of four employees, or a huge corporation of hundreds or thousands of workers, you can’t simply let the company culture create itself. If you want to have a workforce that values great teamwork and supporting each other, then you have to go out of your way to make sure that those are a part of your company. That is why company sports are a great idea. They are an intentional action that you are taking to fill your company with a sense of comradery.
It doesn’t necessarily matter if all your employees take part, just like not everyone who went to college played on the college baseball team. Just having the team to rally behind is very powerful for creating a sense of everyone being in it together.
Fun Things Inspire Creativity
The reason that those “team building exercises” don’t wow anyone in your group is because they aren’t fun. When employees are having fun, they start to get more creative and more motivated. Even for those in the stands cheering on the company team, it’s still a fun activity. One of the ways to enhance that fun is to help everyone, even non-players, feel like part of the team. When you get your company team jerseys, be sure to order some basic t-shirts for the cheering audience as well.
Branch Out with Bigger Groups
If you have a smaller company, you’ll probably want to stick to one sport, like softball or volleyball – something that all your employees will be able to get involved with. But if you have a larger company, you might even find that it is helpful to branch out and sponsor several work teams. Here at The Ink Freak, we’ve created custom jerseys for baseball teams, basketball teams, field hockey teams, football teams, lacrosse teams, soccer teams, volleyball teams, and a lot more.
If teamwork, competitive motivation, creativity, and energy are important to your company culture, then why not embrace as many company leagues as you can? It will give your employees more options to get involved, and even create a bit of friendly rivalry among company teams. This is exactly the kind of motivation that often works to push employees to come up with innovative ideas in your regular business.
Don’t Discount the Health Factor
Healthy employees are better employees, hands down. When your employees are getting exercise, staying active, keeping their blood pumping – and they don’t feel guilty for doing it when they could be getting a few more hours in at work – they’ll be better prepared for the work day. This can really help your employees meet their fitness goals without sacrificing what non-work time they have with their families as well, which helps boost work-life balance.
All of this adds up to a great company culture where your employees will want to wear their custom company jerseys with pride. Get your teams together to brainstorm your team logo and colors, and with just a quick order at The Ink Freak, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, more motivated, and more creative workforce.
Like the notable teams they represent, sports apparel legends are woven into the fabric of time. Whether it’s baseball, football, soccer, basketball, hockey, or even track and field, fan memories are frequently accentuated through their favorite players’ moment-defining fashion.
From local high school programs like our Berwick Bulldogs, to company-sponsored youth or adult recreational league needs, the players’ hats, jerseys, pants and logos boldly and colorfully define a team’s overall personality. And that’s a concept that I’ve passionately adhered to since launching The Ink Freak- with a focus on high-quality, low-priced, creatively-designed athletic uniform apparel.
To illustrate my point, over the past four decades several unforgettable sports teams jump to the forefront because of their bold, fashion-forward and eye-catching uniform concepts. Now let’s take a walk down sports’ competition memory lane, and uncover some of the more colorful examples…
If you check out our sublimation printing gallery, you’ll notice a lime green hockey jersey with the words “Puck Cancer” in the line up. This was a custom project we created for a fundraiser for cancer patients. We were really proud to be able to join the fight against cancer, and it got us thinking about how sports teams have frequently been able to harness the power of their audience to do good deeds.
What Is Sports Philanthropy?
Sports philanthropy is the fancy way of saying “using sports to do good things or support good causes”. It’s not at all new to the world of sports. Everything from the Red Cross 5k in tiny towns across the nation, to the NBA’s NBA Cares program that connects pro athletes with children and communities in need, counts as sports philanthropy. It’s a fantastic way to give back to the people who cheer you on, and here are some ways that you can do it with your team.