Do your employees have this much fun?
“Storytelling is the new marketing,” Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS told Fortune a few years ago.
Mycoskie’s story is that on a trip to Argentina in 2006, he saw lots of kids without shoes and decided to start a new kind of sustainable company: For every pair of shoes that TOMS sells, it donates a pair to a child in need.
Here’s a glimpse–taking you inside the TOMS annual “family trip” at California’s Mammoth Mountain. Each year, employees split up by department, forge teams and compete in a creative costume contest. This year’s assigned theme was music. So one team dressed up to create a human piano. Three teams performed versions of the Harlem Shake. Team BMLP–Blake Mycoskie and Laurent Potdevin, TOMS’ president, partnering with folks in finance and facilities–poured their competitive juice into making a spoof of the “Thrift Shop” video that has amassed 330 million views on YouTube.
Blake and his crew won. Their video shows what the 440 employees of TOMS are really about: fun. By the way, Mycoskie is the bearded guy with the top hat.