Attracting qualified employees, and engaging them while addressing the multi-generational workforce can be a challenge. Thrill of the Hunt believes in educating the office team, promoting creative ideas through adventure, offering problem solving opportunities, while having fun. An easy way to accomplish this, is use excitement already heightened through major current events. Like what?
With the anticipation of Superbowl Sunday, on February 7, 2016 at the Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California, it’s nearly a guarantee there’s at least a few employees gearing up for the big day. An office scavenger hunt is a great way to create a little healthy competition among co-workers, divisions or departments, and the football theme only adds to the anticipation of the Superbowl and Superbowl parties.
Granted, January is nearly over, and typically most companies run off of a calendar year, which means presently the end of first quarter isn’t complete. You know as an excuse to reward employees and schedule company activities. However, offering an office scavenger hunt is a great way to get everyone geared up to meet the new year’s goals and deadlines, especially with respect to new products and services.
Create a football themed scavenger hunt! Thrill of the Hunt has outlined various ways to tackling (pun intended) this idea. Be creative and use the method and ideas that work best for your organization and employees.
A scavenger hunt doesn’t have to be an all day event. It could be a very short game that begins and ends within the lunch hour. This is a perfect way to break up the monotonous day. To extend the scavenger hunt slightly, begin the game the night prior through emails or social media, to build anticipation for lunch. To really rally your team, have the employees call it a day either fifteen minutes or a half an hour early to wrap up the scavenger hunt, give prizes, incentives or recognition.
Brainstorming off the previous idea, the scavenger hunt could be a day long activity, mixed between billable hours. After all, employees are most productive when working for short periods of time before taking a short recess. Structure the day with two hours of productive work, then introduce fifteen minutes or half hour intervals. These breaks should be outlined for learning or thinking differently. During the downtime, encourage the employees to get up, stretch their legs and join the scavenger hunt before quickly returning to their desks to begin the cycle again. When employees have a certain amount of work to accomplish, in a specific period of time, they tend to focus and become extremely efficient. Reward those working habits and efficiency through interaction and team building!
Extend the excitement by offering a scavenger hunt that takes place over the course of a week or two, depending on how it’s built. Remember, scavenger hunts are great vehicles to reinforce the goals and objectives of any company, and to build loyalty. Throw a little social media interaction to really gain an online footprint for the company. Use this opportunity to showcase your workforce, facility, company values and culture.
Not necessarily a scavenger hunt, but a simple suggestion. Throw some creativity into your creative meeting. Use football terminology to pass ideas, score touchdowns and call out of bounds when someone deviates from the topic.
Your company may prefer to hold its own Superbowl event. Add a little pre-game activity to the party with a football scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts in general are always fun. It offers another form of interaction, especially if everyone present at the football party isn’t a huge football fan, and is only there for the food and to socialize.
It’s always easiest and entertaining for the participants to stick with the football theme. Set-up your Superbowl Scavenger Hunt like a football game, create markers and have the participants finish with a touchdown. Throughout the scavenger hunt, use football terminology such as touchdowns, fouls, kicks, and out of bounds.
Use the football theme to the fullest, but keep in mind the audience. Some individuals may be die hard football fans, while others may enjoy the game, but not enough to remember every play or stat. It’s good to mix it up with present and past football trivia. Also, it’s amusing to add halftime trivia, again of present or past. Here are a few topics to include in the clues and challenges. If desired, add company history, trivia, values, and information regarding products and services to reinforce all things your company.
- Use the teams to uncover trivia for custom clues
- Incorporate fun trivia on your city or the city where the game is held Ex. Santa Clara County is the headquarters to AMD, Cisco Systems, Intel, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google and Yahoo Ex. In addition to Santa Clara, regions of San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Cruz counties are considered Silicon Valley
- Use past popular football stats and events
- Incorporate the mascots and team colors
- Add elements of 50, (specific to this Superbowl)
- Uncover halftime shows, hits and misses and all things pop trivia
Perhaps the scavenger hunt comes to a fork in the road so to speak, and the co-workers or teams are given three choices. If one route is taken, they eventually end up out of bounds and have to retrace their steps.
Ex. Hang three pictures of football teams and have the participants pick their favorite team. With each picture of the football team, add another clue or challenge. One of those clues takes the Thrill Seeker to a clue that reads, “You committed a foul and chose the wrong team, go back and try another”. Ultimately, there wasn’t a real right or wrong route. That’s the simple fun of the game. Don’t be afraid to add those zingers to keep everyone on their game. It will certainly spark teasing and fun rivalry, hopefully.
Another twist on the football scavenger hunt theme, during the scavenger hunt, have your employees find items to be used during the football game, such as foam fingers, whistles, flags, foam footballs and such. This is the perfect opportunity give out ad promotional items. Go for the gusto and have your own T-shirts printed, or ones for each team.
Remember to add photo opportunities to capture the day. Videos are even better! Instruct your Thrill Seekers to take pictures of their prizes, or pictures with them and an out of bounds sign or with co-workers. Add the element of social media and have the participants post online.
Remember, incorporate your own halftime show too. This is your chance to deviate off of the football theme slightly and add challenges and trivia regarding the halftime performers, either from the present Superbowl or ones of years past. This year, Beyonce and Bruno Mars will join Coldplay. There’s a lot to work with.
Maybe have your participants do a Beyonce dance and video it, or name their favorite Bruno Mars or Coldplay song. This is a great time to test their music trivia by playing snippets of songs and have the co-workers guess the artist. Give your Thrill Seekers a part of a song and have them fill in the blanks, then sing it. Post the interaction. It’ll be a guaranteed memorable moment!
Show your patriotism by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and having a moment of silence prior to beginning.
Participate in a football themed scavenger hunt, or tackle your own! Have fun and go for the touchdown!
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