2021 Des Moines Corporate Games Registration Opens December 1
After a pandemic-altered summer that saw unique and creative ways to engage Greater Des Moines (DSM) employees, the Des Moines Corporate Games (DMCG) is coming back for its sixth year in 2021.
DMCG has many benefits, including team building, employee engagement and company pride. It’s also a great way to promote your organization within the DSM community.
Benefits of the Des Moines Corporate Games
Seventy-three companies and over 13,000 employees participated in-person and virtually during the 2020 Games. While COVID-19 caused many activities to be canceled or altered, that did not stop participating companies from coming together in new ways. Participants saw positive impacts and companies connected with a wide range of employees through virtual events and socially distanced team activities added to the lineup. Due to the success of these events, DMCG staff plans to incorporate a virtual component into the 2021 games.
“Last summer, FHLB Des Moines embarked on one of the most powerful team and morale building exercises a company can do — Des Moines Corporate Games! What began as a fun way to connect with coworkers, promote a healthy lifestyle and tap in to some of our favorite athletic activities, has turned into something that has made a true impact on our company’s culture.” said Lisa Barnett, administrative assistant for Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. “This year was meaningful. Many of us had not seen each other since we began working from home due to COVID-19. The Corporate Games has allowed the Bank to connect on a level we could not have imagined. All levels of employees have embraced the competition from the CEO to interns, everyone has gotten involved — and loved the connections they have made.”
In 2021, employees will have the opportunity to take part in over 25 sports and events during the months of June and July. Most in-person events are held in the evenings and on weekends, and virtual activities give employees the opportunity to participate in the Games on their schedule.
Events range from competitive team sports to non-competitive participation activities, including online challenges that can be completed at the participants’ worksites or from home. There is also a community-based component, through volunteering, blood donation and fighting hunger.
“Our main focus in 2020 was helping companies come together safely when they were forced to be apart due to COVID-19,” said Chuck Long, CEO of DMCG. “The Des Moines Corporate Games provided just that and more. We hope to see more companies take advantage of this great opportunity in 2021.”
Entry fees, paid by the participating company, are based on the number of people employed by the company in DSM. Employees do not pay to participate in DMCG sports and events.
Participating companies are split into divisions based on general company size. Points are awarded throughout the competition based on sport/event placing, participation and volunteerism. The top companies in each division will receive recognition, with the winning company in each division receiving the coveted Corporate Games Cup.
Division winners from 2020 include Corteva Agriscience, Collins Aerospace, Berkley Technology Services, R&R Realty and Iowa Soybean Association.
Company registration begins Tuesday, December 1. Companies that participated in 2020 will be given an opportunity to register early to guarantee a spot. For more information, visit dmcorporategames.org.
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