Another two trophies were added to the MG mantelpiece – for most fit team and for fastest woman in the small business category – but that was only half the story as employees of our Zagreb office donned their MG lime green lycra t-shirts to take part in the annual B2B Zagreb 5k run!
On the afternoon of Thursday 13th September 2018, MG’s multinational team of merry men and women headed for the Zagreb hills to take part in the Croatian capital’s annual B2B 5k run. After a comprehensive warm up, we were finally ‘flexible’ enough to achieve the ultimate project solution: completing the mammoth 5k run in record-breaking time!
We’re pleased to announce that our star-studded team of athletes not only completed the course in record time, but also posted a personal best of ‘Most Fit’ company for the third year running!
Project Consultant Roland Erdei had this to say of our achievement: ‘It was a great feeling to represent the company and outrun a lot of big companies. As for training, the main way we maintained fitness was by sprinting from the finance to the sales department!’
While his running – and recruiting – partner, Junior Project Consultant Sibila Klapan Ivandic was keen to stress the importance of the race in building company culture: ‘It was cool to be part of an event that promotes healthy living in a working environment. I love team bonding events as you see your work colleagues in a different light’.
Meanwhile, Kimberly Pašalić was the winner of fastest woman in the small business category, with a truly outstanding time of 18 minutes and 31 seconds! We caught up with Kim for an exclusive chat straight after the race…
How does it feel to be one of the fastest runners working in Zagreb?
To be honest, I’m still really surprised and didn’t expect that fast of result. As our job is either in the office or on a plane, I am not that active during the day, so winning a medal makes me very proud.
MG won the fittest team for the third year in a row… what’s the secret to our success?
Beer. Just kidding! The secret to our success is our energy. Our work is hard. Period. We work in a very intense, high pressure job in international markets, so every day is different; every stress grows larger, and every project becomes more difficult. Every single day we have to find the energy and persistence to ‘reach the finish line’.
As a team leader, in your experience how important is the B2B run in fostering team spirit and a positive attitude among staff?
I love to see my team members cheering each other, making silly ‘boomerangs’ for Instagram, and sharing funny running GIFs. It is also important that all employees have the chance to get to know each other without hierarchy or job titles. The B2B run is also a good way for us to improve our internal communication as colleagues and really root for each other.
What was your favourite part of the day?
Coming together at the end of the race – it’s the best feeling! Everyone walks so confidently into the meeting point, drenched in sweat, and with a huge grin on their face!
Finally, what’s your special message for any prospective new MG employees?
At MG we work hard but we have so much fun and we’re always in it together. Yes, our work is sink or swim, but we support each other and will always be there for you at the end of the day to help you succeed, beer in hand!
Want to join a winning team? Get in touch here. Don’t worry, we only run marathons once a year!