In case you missed it, last week I wrote about some great Work From Home (WFH as we call it in the biz) events that our team had put together to keep our amazing culture alive, even while we weren’t able to be together.
Of course, for those of you who live under all of the rocks, COVID-19 has kept us working from our apartments and various other locations besides our Santa Monica office since mid-March. And with no end in sight, we’ve found it’s important to improvise when it comes to keeping in touch.
In that article, I mentioned virtual escape rooms, casino nights, magicians, happy hours, and trivia games.
Along with that, though, and as an addendum to that earlier piece, I wanted to highlight and give my official 5-star review to a company that is pretty much perfectly situated for global pandemics and lockdowns, as it specializes in virtual team building.
Aptly, their company is called TeamBuilding, and you can find out more about them at teambuilding.com.
Now, I’m going to be honest. When I saw that the Zoom calendar event was listed as an hour and a half, I was a bit concerned. I thought, if this doesn’t go well, this is quite a chunk of my day that I’m going to feel like I squandered.
I’m just giving you pure honesty here. That’s how I walked in (Zoomed in?). I mean, honestly it just really felt like a pretty substantial amount of time for a Zoom meeting of any sort. And I had no idea what was going to happen.
However, no lie or exaggeration, by the end, I was still chomping at the bit trying to continue competing. Because, with the utilization of teams, breakout rooms, collaboration, trivia, healthy competition, and even some Whitney Houston singalongs… the time flew right on by.
I would walk you through the entirety of the event, but I don’t want to spoil it. What I will say is I highly recommend it for teams of any size. And I think that depending on the group, the experience would be different every time.
I truly do believe any company or organization focused on collaboration and that understands the need for bonding to fuel a successful business or organizational unit could benefit from working with a group like TeamBuilding.
There was energy from the jump that broke the ice of a small group of us gathered together in a Zoom with no expectations or even understanding of what we were getting ourselves into. But by the end, we were all fully bought in, smiling and having a blast.
I will say there was no mean-spiritedness or negativity in any of the games. So, if you have a fear of being embarrassed or getting “exposed” for not knowing something or put on the spot unfairly, there’s none of that.
But it’s challenging, so definitely prepare for serious teamwork and racking your brain trying to sort through trivia and games that are the perfect level of difficulty — not easy by any means but also reasonable and not absurdly challenging.
Our team loved it and we’re going to do it again. If you own or operate a company or you work for one, please consider reaching out to them and getting set up. You won’t regret it.