On August 27, the Operations department consisting of Support, Fulfillment and Logistics got a chance to flex their iCASH muscles when they met at Royal Oak High School’s softball field for a fun, friendly softball game. The teams were split up with Lou Frontero and Tim Smith as team captains.
Team Lou: Nicole Rademaker, Jessica Cox, Jim Versical, Stefano Ferri, Mark Faught, Jeff Kirchoff
Team Tim: Angela Forge, Roney Louka, Antwain Penn, Chris Andrick, Alex Hawkins, Ryan Clark. and Christina Delgado.
Trash talk was rampant and tensions were high in the moments leading up to the game.
“There was a lot of trash talk and not a lot of backing it up,” said Tim. But in the end, Team Lou triumphed over Team Tim 18 to 8, with Lou hitting a home run over the fence in the last inning.
However, the score is not the most significant part of the story. The heart of the story is that the Operations department came together after a hard day at work to play just as hard.
“This group works hard every day and has a lot of pressure. They were all laughing and having a great time together. It was a great way to blow off some steam,” said Angela. And get to know your coworkers! “Employees that don’t normally work in the same job function were placed on rosters together and supported each other as a team.”
“Angela is creating unity and team-building within the Operations Group. These are our teammates regardless of even stepping foot on a softball diamond,” said Lou,” We have so many new faces within our group and I think this helps alleviate a lot of the stress and fears new employees endure when starting a new job.”
According to a 2013 Employee Benefits survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, “only 16 percent of employers offer company-sponsored sports teams and leagues.” However, company sports games like softball can boost morale, encourage employee wellness, provide networking opportunities and give employees and managers an opportunity to let their guards down and get to know each other outside of brick and mortar confines.
This goes to show that our iCASH values work, not just in the office, but outside as well.
Game 2 was played September 17. Tim and Company won.
Check your local listings for Game 3.