“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
Investing in team building activities is very essential for any digital marketing agency. And so was the case for us.
Working Saturday’s can get very blue so we sometimes do have activities to keep us going through the day.
We enjoyed a game of Chinese Whispers a fortnight ago and wasn’t really sure if we will be doing something this working Saturday.
And just like that, we all got this invite before lunch time:
And The Anticipation Begins…
Oh, this was unusual.
We usually had activities that never involved walking around.
And scavenger hunts are totally opposite of that. It was instantly interesting.
We had something new to talk about after lunch.
The teams & details of the game were still not disclosed. This just added to the mystery. But this certainly seemed like a fun-filled team building activity.
We all desperately wanted to have some fun at work as it had been a while.
And So It Began…
It was an evening full of parchments filled with clues for every team. Every member of the JDM family was asked to wait in the conference room while the Operation Head was busy spreading all the answers to each clue in various parts of the building compound.
Well, a physical task for her as well, which she tries to avoid most times of the day.
And once we were given our teams and game rules, complete chaos broke out and every team just wanted to be out there.
And The Story Isn’t Over Yet
For the game to begin, we were divided into teams and then clues were given. The rules were very simple — Find the places hidden in the clues. Every clue lead to a parchment that revealed one alphabet which would eventually form a word.
All teams were within departments and we had 5 of them eventually:
- SEO Team 1- Surfers
- SEO Team 2- Searchers
- Content Team- Creators
- Design and Development Team- Decoders
- Animation Team – Editors
The building was full of clues, here and there. And everybody was asked to look for their respective clues. Here is what some of them sounded like:
“I am a rectangular 3 dimensional sunny object you can find along a climb.”
“This hunt may sound a little tough, but look around where Raman sir keeps his stuff.”
“I can sometimes be a verb, I can sometimes be a noun. I am a piece of silverware, that can reflect things upside down.”
“Has handles, but isn’t a car. Has point ends but isn’t a star”
How We Got Around To It
We got the clues and we couldn’t really hold off our thrill and excitement. One person was seen going up and another down the stairs.
While others were running around looking in pots, refrigerator. Some even searched the washrooms for clues.
In short, we looked through every nook and cranny. And our office is located with a few others in a big building. Narrow alleys and quite a few terraces would best describe the scenario. It was a big maze for us.
We all had a good laugh, kept making jokes about each others silly behaviors. Some people found clues that did not belong to them and then decided to hide them away for good.
Well, it’s absolutely true! “Everything is fair in love and war”.
Although, there wasn’t either of them going on. Or was it?
Well, who knows!
It was good to see everyone in the team taking part in the hunt. Helping each other, finding and organizing the clues they found. After all, this is what teamwork is all about.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
Absolutely true in every sense.
We were not along in the quest for finding our parchments. The hosts also pooled in. Well! They were distracting most of the times. So we all had to trust our instinct’s really. And those of our team members.
So, the amazing hunt finally came to an end after about 45 minutes with obviously one team winning it all. Can you guess who they were?
Oh, what a silly question. Of course, you won’t.
It was SEO Team 1 – Surfers.
Followed by SEO Team 2 – Searchers and Animation team – Editors.
Congrats guys! You all deserved every bit of it.
Although, it might look that it was a one-man show. But, it was something which could not have been possible if everyone in a team did not chip in their efforts together.
From where I see it, this small activity really bought me closer to my team. Which, I assume was the case for everyone. It was an opportunity to work with your team and it was fun! Sans the work pressure.
After all, this is what team games are all about.
And it all boils down to
“Teams coming together for a task and making it work with fun, commitment, and success.”
This was a very good activity that rejuvenated our spirits. From how I see it, since then my team communicates better. We always have a laugh or are up to something. It’s incredible that by doing this our productivity has gone through the roof.
We all now love a challenge!
Let’s hope there is something interesting in store for us this working Saturday at work!