You (Harry Potter) are studying in the English wizard school of Hogwarts. Tonight is Halloween eve, and the school has arranged a Halloween party. Upon reaching there, you learn that a mischievous ghost, 'Nearly Headless Nick', guards the dining area. The mysterious spirit isn't allowing anyone to get in. You try to engage the ghost in a conversation, although Nick wouldn't let you in (Sigh! Quite a literal Halloween, isn't it?)
You are determined to get rid of this notorious ghost.
Will you and your friends be able to cast a spell to withdraw the 'Nearly Headless Nick' from the front door to your party?
- Trust and respect
- Getting to know one’s work colleagues better personally helps to develop trust. When your employees come to learn of each other's capabilities and interests, this will lead to better collaboration with tasks and improved morale.
- While working together on problem-solving tasks in this game, a level of respect is gained between employees because they can see that their colleagues are there to help them and they can also identify skills and qualities that each other have.
- Increased productivity
Better communication and collaboration will have a positive knock-on effect on productivity levels. By working together on a common goal, duplication of work is decreased, there is less friction and resistance, and therefore better output from each staff member.
- Improving communication
This exercise encourages staff to communicate with each other to complete tasks and solve problems. By putting people in a fun and relaxing environment outside the workplace, they will be encouraged to relax, be themselves and open up to others.
- Encourages innovative thinking
Employees will need to use soft skills not normally utilised in the workplace (i.e. problem-solving, creativity) to complete this activity.
- Employee engagement
By involving employees in collaborative activities, they will be encouraged to interact more and in future meetings in the workplace.
- Identification of leadership qualities
Employers and managers will be able to identify leaders within the workforce while taking part in this activity as they take charge of problem-solving tasks, and work with and encourage other members of the team.
- Greater task delegation skills
Employees must identify strengths amongst themselves, delegate tasks and communicate effectively to find solutions to the puzzles.
- Goal setting
By setting achievable goals within the game and accomplishing them, employees will gain a sense of fulfilment, further encouraging them to set goals within the workplace.
What you'll need
- PC / Laptop
A laptop with a webcam capable of accessing the game website used.
- High-quality Headset Webcam
Most laptops now include these. Headsets and microphones are recommended to prevent background noise and echoes and ensure adequate volume. Mic and webcam are required to turn on to maximize participation. Joining via phone is possible; however, it is not recommended.
- Connection Checks
Minimum suggested internet speeds are 20 Mbps/download and 10mbps/upload.
- Professional Background
Present yourself in front of a professional environment free of distractions, with adequate foreground lighting and minimal background lightning to ensure faces are visible on camera
- Business Casual Attire
Dress appropriately for the session, as you would for an in-person session.
- Webcam Zoom
You’ll want to ideally be projecting your face and upper body on screen.
- "Can You Hear Me?"
All participants are encouraged to be online 10 minutes before soundcheck. Participants are required to rename themselves to their names upon joining the session.