In late May, we talked about the incredible Great Pacific Race that kicked off on June 7th. This race illustrated the power of people in a most unique way. Select International supported the team Pacific Warriors – a four-person, mixed-gender team of rowers that powered across the Pacific Ocean from California to Honolulu. After 57 days, 4 hours and 45 minutes of rowing, we are happy to report the team has made it! During their 2,100 nautical mile journey, they encountered poor weather conditions, lack of sleep and food rationing – but through all that, they completed the task at hand and they all successfully made it. We believe that the fact that they had such an excellent team in place was one of the most important factors in completing their trek. This was an incredible example of people-powered success. When you have the right people together, amazing things can happen.
While this is an extreme case of teamwork (idea for your next team-building event, anyone?), the concept of people-powered success is something HR managers know all too well, but it’s sometimes overlooked in the workplace. Hiring for a workplace team is not really that different from ‘hiring’ a people-powered team for an event such as the Great Pacific Race. The results achieved by your work teams are crucial to your overall business success. Having the right people working together to push each other to produce high-quality outcomes leads to success for everyone.