On February 25th, 2021, Expedia Group, global leader in online travel bookings, partnered with HR consultancy, Your People’s Associates, to deliver the industry’s top team engagement activities as part of a webinar series covering wellness strategies for the remote workforce. Together, the duo virtually hosted ‘Ping Pong Fight Club’s Lockdown Challenge Show’, with the aim of making in improvements in employees’ mental health and activity levels.

Founded in 2014 by Adrian Leigh, ‘Ping Pong Fight Club’ is an annual inter-company ping pong tournament and party for tech start-ups. Before lockdown, the event expanded to eight major cities across the UK, attracting the attention of 16 companies, including Expedia, Facebook and Spotify.

To mitigate the impact of the pandemic on employees’ wellbeing and activity levels, ‘Ping Pong Fight Club’ created the ‘Lockdown Challenge Show’. Hosted on Zoom, the show features 45 minutes of entertaining ping pong challenges, trivia rounds, as well as a young-in-cheek game show where employees connect and compete against their friends and work colleagues remotely.

Jyot Deol, Talent Acquisition Manager, EMEA Expedia Group, commented: “Ping Pong Fight Club’s Lockdown Challenge Show’ gave us lots of laughs and kept us all entertained. I would highly recommend the show to other businesses that want to introduce some fun to their teams in these not no-so-fun times.”

Nicola Kleinmann, Co-Founder at Your People Associates, added: “Team building activities like ‘Ping Pong Fight Club’s Lockdown Challenge Show’ can be implemented with significant impact to overall employee wellbeing and performance. It is high-performing and engaged employees that will help organizations flex, pivot and thrive during these times of continuous global change”.

Adrian Leigh, CEO and Founder of Ping Pong Fight Club continued, “The Challenge Show is fun, active and inclusive where remote teams can participate, socialise, be entertained and embrace a new recreation!’

Your People Associates’ network of HR experts and HR tech capabilities allow companies to attract, hire, engage, retain and grow the high-performance teams that will ensure business growth is achieved during this climate by transforming and adapting to external market opportunities.

This second lockdown has been particularly hard during the winter months. Colder temperatures, coupled with the rise in COVID related mortality rates, has meant teams have undoubtedly been impacted by uncertainty, grief and isolation.

While teams and managers are fighting hard to produce more output and become more efficient and productive, wellbeing initiatives go a long way injecting “compassion”, “team work”, “vitality” and “focus”.

About Expedia Group

Expedia Group was established as a division of Microsoft in 1996 was spun off into a public company in 1999.  Expedia is an online travel shopping company for consumers and small business travel. The company is the second market second largest player in the online travel agencies market with over 24 million active Expedia Rewards members across 32 countries, more than 24,500 employees, 28 offices across 15 countries and reported annual revenue of 12 billion dollars in 2019. Its portfolio of companies includes Ebookers, Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Trivago and Vrbo. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the company’s largest shareholder.

About Your People Associates

Your People Associates delivers HR and Talent outsourcing consultancy services, enabling companies to offer their people the right level of support whether they are starting, scaling or soaring. The company’s network of HR experts and HR tech partners allow clients to attract, hire, engage, retain and grow high performing teams. Your People Associates is a privately held company based in London, United Kingdom. Customers include Balfour Beatty Vinci. For more information see https://www.yourpeople.associates.


By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.