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Chris Kane Chris Kane | 12:18 UK time, Wednesday, 5 August 2009

I wanted to write a post about last week's Operations Group Summer Event which was a great opportunity to meet the rest of the Group and find out more about what they do as well as spread the word about Workplace, the wide range of services we provide and projects we are involved with.

The Workplace stall had lots to offer, much of it benefiting Children In Need (we have an ambitious target to reach this year!). Many people, including Caroline Thomson and me (see pix below), turned their hand to cake decorating to represent a Workplace service. We raised a total on £69.73 to start us on the way to our ambitious target of £150,000, so, only £149930.27 to go!

 

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We also launched the Workplace Design a Pudsey Sandwich Competition (entry form available on the Workplace website) which will see the winner's sandwich on sale at BBC catering outlets throughout the UK, with a proportion of profits from each sandwich sold going to Children in Need. Do encourage your colleagues to get involved and have a go yourself - you can enter as many times as you like, with different ideas.

 

Some of the Workplace Comms team: Nicci, Lauren, Issy and Gareth  
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There was also lots of information from each of the Portfolios: W1, West and W12 and North, giveaways and Workplace Environment Team info.

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The other stalls were also interesting and novel, including a giant Jenga from Strategy & Policy, graphically demonstrating how many things at the BBC are interconnected and vitally important to the organisation as a whole and the chance to meet some real life bats (and to hear their high pitched squeaks thanks to an ultrasonic earpiece) and their different droppings (!) - a unique display from the BBC Wildlife Fund, organised by BBC Outreach.

Other highlights included a chance to hear from Caroline Thomson about how we're doing, and how Operations are vital in keeping the BBC show on the road, even though we may not be directly involved in programme making; the 'battle of the brains' quiz between Department Heads where the 'boys' (me included) were thoroughly routed by the 'girls'; the chance to view entries from the Operations Photography Competition; some live music from recipients of grants from the Performing Arts Fund and Peter Salmon interviewing Nicky Campbell about his career, his experience at the BBC and thoughts and aspirations around the move to Salford.  The highly enjoyable event finished with some refreshments and the chance to mingle informally with colleagues.

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