Viacom’s UK team is just now acclimating to business-as-usual — to the reduced decibel and the lack of staffers draped in Union Jack flags. Not far from the home of the Olympic village and, for many, the center of the earth for the two weeks of the Olympics, there had been a brilliant sense of excitement in the air at our London offices.
On the Thursday before the Games, the torch passed right by the Oxford Street office.
“Even when the torch passed through Camden at 6:45 a.m., we heard it was met with a really warm reception,” said Jenny Needham, a manager for VIMN Communications at the Hawley Crescent office in London.
And so began the rush of energy and spirit around the office, punctuated every time the ricochet of a cheer resonated around all corners of the building, or each time you caught sight of one of the “many a ridiculous snap of staff members dressed in Union Jack flags.”
Across all three London offices, Viacom hosted lunchtime Olympic screenings to ensure no one missed out on the action.
“It’s fair to say that we have been LOVING it, remaining glued to our screens, with many attending internal screenings to cheer on Team GB together,” Needham said.
And for both practical and recreational purposes, the team started an internal Twitter feed to keep staff up-to-date with travel disruptions and Team GB performances.