It’s a corporate outing with a good beat for a team of five Hasbro Inc. employees.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland may be a bit of an unusual destination for an employee team from Pawtucket-based Hasbro, the multinational toy and game company.
The team is, more specifically, a band named Toys2Men that’s competing for the title of Best Corporate Band in America on Sept. 28.
“Creativity and innovation are the lifeblood of this company,” said Hasbro Chief Human Resources Officer Dolph Johnson. “Our company is a strong proponent of showcasing the creativity of the organization and our employees.”
The band competition is more than a one-day event with five Hasbro musicians. It’s the kind of offsite corporate outing, along with activities like employees from Collette Vacations in Pawtucket paddling in dragon-boat races or any corporate group in a 5K walk/run fundraiser, that can help boost employee morale, according to Tony Saccone, managing partner of Providence-based Leadership Development Worldwide, which does executive assessment, coaching and team development for organizations.
“Offsite corporate outings contribute to a sense of cohesion with the group, for the employees who are participating and those who may not be participating,” said Saccone.
“Often these are community-facing activities and it gives a sense of corporate pride,” said Saccone. “Everybody benefits from the fact that the business’ name and logo are out there running in the 5K. It creates internal cohesion.”
In times of tight corporate budgets, offsite outings often have little or no cost and can add value beyond the daily work, said Saccone.
“Senior leadership often supports these kinds of activities because it adds something into the mix besides productivity and pure profit,” said Saccone. “I think the management group can get some of the same things that add to employee fulfillment – a little bit of fun in the environment and pride.