Championship-caliber organizations in sports don’t just bring home hardware, but they also build a winning culture that is attractive, where people enjoy coming to work each day.
One way to create such a culture is to reward employees for a job well done with a lavish or lovely gift.
This season, the San Francisco 49ers are playing in the Super Bowl, and they have rewarded their employees with a flight to the Las Vegas area to see the big game, per the team on Twitter.
Next stop, Las Vegas!
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) February 9, 2024
Years ago, the 49ers were regarded as one of the best-run teams in all of sports, as then-owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. oversaw a robust operation that produced five Vince Lombardi Trophies from 1981 to the 1994 season.
This season, the team won 12 regular-season games and is taking a star-studded roster to Allegiant Stadium to play for the world championship.
They will face the Kansas City Chiefs, the team that defeated the 49ers in the Super Bowl four years ago.
San Francisco has mostly the same core they had back then, but they have new weapons this time around, including star running back Christian McCaffrey, who was just named the Offensive Player of the Year, and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.
Of course, quarterback Brock Purdy is the biggest difference, and he had a brilliant season while finishing fourth in the MVP balloting.
While plenty still refuse to give him his due, he has been more productive than his successor Jimmy Garoppolo and has abilities Garoppolo can only dream of having.
Perhaps those hundreds of employees the 49ers have flown out to the Super Bowl will see the franchise achieve a true return to glory on Sunday.