Govindarajan T, Creative Director, CREATIVE+, Mumbai:
At HanmerMSL, we strive to provide that delicate balance between work and personal development. By constantly creating fun employee engagement activities, we do our best to maintain that crucial link between career and personal passions. In keeping with this trend, our team kicked up a creative storm with a t-shirt design contest on July 27. An online registration form was created a day before the contest, and within hours, over 50 employees had already registered for our very own, ‘Wear Your Art Challenge’.
It was amazing to see so many of our teammates lining up for their contest kits, all bursting with enthusiasm. The HR team took on the task of providing all the materials: T-shirts, brushes and every shade of paint imaginable. This allowed the participants to focus all their energies on letting their creativity soar.
The initial buzz of excitement soon died down, as the entire office hushed and watched the participants arched over their work, some deep in thought, while others were already busy crafting designs and mixing up beautiful shades. Every now and then, one would hear murmurs of “Anybody wants more paint?” or “Please pass me that brush” as participants eagerly assisted each other. So palpable was the excitement that even those on the sidelines couldn’t stop themselves from helping the contestants.
In about an hour and a half, nearly all artists were done with their creations; some just adding their finishing touches. Those who finished early took it upon themselves to survey their surroundings; majority coached and encouraged their fellow contestants, while others playfully teased the rest in the spirit of camaraderie. This Friday activity ended with the entire Hanmer MSL team on a creative high, with some commenting that there could not have been a better way to welcome the weekend.
A couple of employees shared their experience:
“It had been so long since I last painted… I wanted to get back to drawing and colours! I wanted those fun times of finishing a task in a given time and being a part of the competition.” – Parina Parekh
“It was great fun to be able to paint after ages. I hadn’t touched a paintbrush in years. There were no theme restrictions, so I could express my creative side. – Sharon D’Souza
The long-anticipated judging was held that following Monday, July 30, where our panel of judges shortlisted the Top 10 entries. Hanmer MSL CEO Jaideep Shergill then chose and awarded the Top 3 winners. All 13 T-shirts now grace the ‘Hanmer MSL Victory Wall’ – a testimony to the unbounded creativity and enthusiasm of the Hanmer MSL team.