This guest post was written by Tim O'Dea.
Super Bowl Sunday is arguably the best icebreaker for friends, family, neighbors and yes -- your team at work. The teams you’re watching on the field have more in common with your team at work than you think.
When I think football, I think groups of people in mass amounts coming together to not only cheer on their favorite (or preferred) team, but celebrating the idea that when a team works as one unit, they can conclusively be called the best.
Now just because you are adamant on Tom Brady winning his sixth Super Bowl, or overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the Rams’ return to the event after 19 years, does not mean there has to be any hostility or aggressive arguments over the bean dip and sub platter (even though this might seem inevitable). The game is always more fun to watch when you are surrounded with good energy by both the opposing fans and the home fans.
If there’s one thing we can agree on, there is a serious lack of togetherness in our country at the moment. This division is evident not only at work but from events that incite social gatherings to even the grocery store. Sure, the political climate and national social issues certainly factor into how well we get along with those we see on a daily basis. But professionals could learn a thing or two from the Patriots and Rams.
A team can only win when they are constantly communicating their best ideas.
Obviously these teams’ goals differ — but the Super Bowl reinforces what every employee needs to hear: Teamwork matters, especially when everyone’s eyes are on you. The team whose members strategize and execute their plans the best are ultimately the ones who win.
Employees are almost guaranteed to be watching the Super Bowl, even if they just have it on in the background. An office pool is a great way to have everyone at work involved and even a work party at someone’s home would definitely get people out of their comfort zone (check your local laws to make sure you're in compliance!). The details of the game are also great conversation starters when you get back to work the next day too.
No matter where you watch the game, how you celebrate Super Bowl Sunday or what the outcome is, pay attention to the winning team and ask yourself: What can I do to make my team just as great?
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about the outdoors and designing surprising and unique challenges for all sorts of clients, all over the world.