Every month we have a blog entitled “Team Building Event of the Month”. This is a blog where we take the opportunity to share with you our favourite event from each month. Normally, these blogs are the only ones where you will see us mention specific client events. Well, this blog is about to break out of the mould!
We are very proud of our online virtual team building events. And we know our clients really enjoy them. Up until recently when we have run one of our virtual team building options it has always been over a relatively short time period, usually a few hours on one day when all team members, no matter where they are located in the world, agree a time they will all take part. And they love it, it goes so well and they get so much out of it.
But when a client approached us asking if they could make it longer – we said “No problem. How long?” Their response “two months”. We were delighted to be able to showcase our virtual team building acumen over this time period. We discussed their requirements, the number of people taking part, their locations, amongst a whole host of other things in there to make sure we got it just right for them.
The end result? We delivered a VirtuWall for them which was available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for two months. The participants formed their own global teams and were set the challenge of completing as many of the tasks as they could over the two month period. But more than that, the two months were split into 4 stages, of 2-weeks each, with each stage having a new set of tasks tailored to that stage. There was no set time the participants had to go online, they could fit the tasks in around their normal working day – and many choose to do some in the evenings and at the weekends as well. And it wasn’t just the clients wanting to work in their personal time – we were all enthralled by it and would spend our evenings watching the action and being on hand to respond to questions as quickly as we could – because we were just as involved as they were!
At the start of the activity we had no idea how many people would login at any one time, how long they would be online or indeed what time of day they would login. These were all unknowns – but that’s to be expected when you run a 24-7 activity that participants can chose when to sign in to. And we were excited to learn when would prove most popular.
And at the end of it? We still don’t really know when was most popular! We wouldn’t describe it as random, but as the participants were taking part in this activity around their normal work days it depended on when they had availability. We imagine that a fair amount of the time they chose to do some of the tasks at the start of the working day, over their lunch break, and perhaps a bit before they left work for the day. But with people all over the world taking part in the activity, we could not always pinpoint their time zones to know what time of day they were tackling the activity. So we can’t really tell you what time zone they were in to be able to know the most popular time of day.
What we can tell you, was that it was a success for the client. We got fabulous feedback from the participants during the activity, and we thoroughly enjoying running this for them – and we’d like to think made some friends with the team members.