The Aussie's go Go-Karting
There's always something happening in our Sydney office! From Friday lunches researching the best burger in Sydney for under $15 to a festive get together on the bowling green, team social events are an integral part of life at Michael Bailey Associates Australia.
So, to mark the end of the Australian financial year, the team all decided to get out of the office and onto the track to experience life in the fast lane… in a go kart!
The Sydney-siders love a bit of friendly competition, and set out to prove who is the fastest consultant on four wheels. After several heats, there were just eight left in it. Phil was just nudged out of second place by Brendan with 3 laps to go and as a forfeit, has promised to shout him lunch for a week. But, in the final, Will managed to beat him to the finish line to win the prestigious first place spot. Suliman pulled up second and Olly came a respectable third. There were plenty of knocks and bumps but everyone managed to get away safely with no incident reports written!
Then, the pace slowed right down with a leisurely lunch at Animal restaurant in New Town in Sydney's inner West. Then, as the night drew in, things turned to killer pool and a few social drinks to round things off.
Regular activities and social gatherings do have a serious side. Phil Hack, the man in charge in Sydney, is very aware that consultancy can be tough. It's a demanding job that requires resilience and total commitment, the result of which can be high churn of staff. The attraction, motivation and retention of talented people is therefore something that Phil is passionate about.
For the past two years, Phil has been carefully cultivating a positive, supportive culture in the Sydney office. He is a big advocate of team social events as a way of encouraging people to bond and let off steam after a hard day.
"Our team spirit and camaraderie is awesome. We are not just colleagues, we're mates as well. My team knows that I am behind them 100%, and reward and recognition goes a long way when you work as hard as they do for their clients and contractors."