FIFA Fever has struck the nation. Well, lots of nations as a matter of fact. And it’s fun and exciting, whether you follow football (aka soccer) or not. Cars flashing by with brilliantly coloured flags from all nations, horns honking, music playing and people cheering – it’s all rather electrifying. There’s a definite vibe in the air no matter where you go. A camaraderie between fans of the same nation, and an edgy competitive spirit from opposite teams.
Estimates of lost productivity at the workplace are countered with claims of increased team building and the long term productivity that will come later, and you can read lots about the benefits of this global event when it comes to boosting interdepartmental communication, morale, and more. Sharing the FIFA experience at the workplace is generally applauded and encouraged. The concourse level at my office even has one of the store spaces converted into a World Cup lounge, where office workers can take a break and watch the games. I know because I walked by…. 😉
Next week we celebrate Canada Day. And over the past couple of weeks as I have watched many a flag-festooned vehicle cruise our city streets, I have noticed quite acutely the absence of our country’s banner. (Yes, yes, I know we need to work on that qualifying thing). Yet only twice have I seen the Canadian flag displayed proudly along with the fan’s national team of preference. Internationally, flag etiquette is a big deal. Where and how a flag is raised and the order of importance when it is flown next to others is pretty important stuff in some circles. Believe it or not, there are rules about flying our flag, fastening it to a car not least among them.
But let’s not let flag etiquette get in the way of a good time. No, my point here is to take the celebration even further. For all that FIFA World Cup brings us together, as friends, as friendly rivals, as curious onlookers, that we are all joined together as Canadians can be cherished and celebrated, and in many cases the condo environment provides a microcosm of our global activities. The Canadian Condo. How do you celebrate the cultures in your condo? Do you bother? Do you share the spirit of nations, or just leave it all alone? Is it important, or not?
Well, no matter what your demographic and how you care to share it (or not), I’d like to wish everyone, everywhere, a great big HAPPY CANADA DAY! Our clients will each be receiving a series of Canada Day messages posted to their digital notice boards. Feel free to print and post to yours 🙂