BMW Financial Services HR team at BMW Group recently took on the challenge of keeping quiet all day. They raised a really brilliant amount and had a lot of catching up to do after! Maybe this will inspire you to have a word-free work day. Here’s what they had to say:

Shushh please all… as BMW Group Financial Services raise funds in Sponsored Silence for Victoria’s Promise.

On the 26th of July, the HR corner of BMW Financial Services was unusually quiet as the Human Resources team participated in a Sponsored Silence (which might have seemed to some of their colleagues as an impossible task)!! The event was held in order to raise money for Victoria’s Promise; a local Hampshire based charity. Victoria’s Promise is a charity dedicated to young women battling cancer and does great work in helping support young women diagnosed with cancer in the local area, including having provided ongoing support to a member of BMW’s HR team.

Between 10am and 4pm the whole team attempted to do their normal day-to- day roles in complete silence, which included communicating through notepads and emailing even those sat next to them. Funds were raised by donations from colleagues throughout the business for the challenge of the “Silence” and penalties paid by the team members that spoke! The HR team’s baking skills were well and truly tested by the additional challenge set the Head of HR, Lesley Brookman, when she suggested the team each bake a Victoria sponge cake in order to raise further funds through a cake sale. The cake sale trolley trip round the business attracted smiles and more publicity for the charity (again all done in silence) and resulted in yet more donations as the cake trolley sold out of cake.

Despite many of their colleagues in other departments testing their willpower and vow of silence, the team successfully completed the challenge, thoroughly enjoyed the day and raised over £650 for the charity!

A big thank you to you all from VP.