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LinkedIn employees compete for “best dressed” work space

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in HR Issues, Toronto Star | 0 comments

For a month this spring, work stations at LinkedIn’s Toronto office were transformed into pavilions highlighting five regions of Canada

LinkedIn offices worldwide competed in a "cube-off" to decorate their work areas as part of a team-building exercise.

LinkedIn offices worldwide competed in a “cube-off” to decorate their work areas as part of a team-building exercise.

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Published on Tue Jul 23 2013

For a month this spring, work stations at LinkedIn’s Toronto office were transformed into pavilions highlighting five regions of Canada.

The so-called ‘space-lift’ of the cubicles at the professional networking company was part of a global contest to encourage team building and liven up company workspaces.

The Toronto office was one of more than 200 teams, with almost half of LinkedIn’s 4,000 workers participating. The 100 Toronto employees were divided into five teams and decorated their areas based on themes including the Toronto Zoo and the Quebec Winter Carnival. The company gave each employee $25 to purchase materials.

Team members took advantage of the one day a month the company allocates to employees for personal or volunteer projects to organize the installations. They also came in after work and on weekends.

Pictures of each facelift were loaded onto a website and the global workforce voted for their favourites in 11 different categories.

The winner in the “most transformed” category was an installation created by 118 employees that turned one floor at LinkedIn’s Sunnyvale, Calif. office into an 18-hole minigolf course. The only prizes were a plaque and bragging rights.

The Toronto team didn’t win an award, but Danielle Restivo, LinkedIn’s Toronto-based head of global programs, says the program exceeded expectations and they plan to do it again next year.

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