Global Virtual Team Events
Like many global companies, Workday scheduled two different event times for their 2020 release celebration. The first event was scheduled from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM for employees from Europe and Asia, and the next session from 12 noon to 4:00 PM for employees from North America.
Technologically we were able to support up to 600 people with breakout rooms of about 5 to 6 people each using Zoom. We started with Virtual Coffee to give everyone an opportunity to meet and socialize with people on the larger team that they don’t usually see. Structured to be about 35 minutes, we included three of the most popular activities to make the timing work.
Thank you both so very much. It was a wonderful event both days, and the team has responded with lots of positive feedback. It went perfectly.
Thank you so much!
We graduated next to a 1.5-hour session of Who Stole Anti-Matter where dozens of teams attempted to save the planet by proving which of four suspects stole the Anti-Matter. We used two different systems for allowing for live suspect interrogation. In one session we created a unique breakout room for each suspect, and enrolled volunteers from Workday to play the suspect parts. Teams could travel to the rooms anytime to interrogate any of the suspects and benefitted from questions other teams were asking. In another session, we had 6 suspects roaming from room to room, checking in to see if teams wanted to interrogate. Both worked well, and we see either as a viable option moving forward.
Our final activity was The Corporate Virtual Escape Room. Overall we had about a 25% get out rate, with many teams so close but just missing the 45 minute time. Workday boasted one top ten World Record time with a North American team finishing in 35:55 (thirty-five minutes and fifty five seconds)! Great job!
Equally as intriguing was our first ever Virtual Paper Airplane Competition sponsored by Marvell. We created a 50 page Paper Airplane Handbook filled with instructions, building tips, and 12 planes that could be made to fit one of the three competition categories.
Teams competed in distance, accuracy, and trick flying competitions. Several contestants set-up outside with their cameras and logged flights of 80+ feet! I can’t believe a paper airplane can fly that far with no assistance and no additional parts other than paper.
All of the competitions were super fun and funny, as paper planes definitely seem to have a mind of their own!
That was a really great event!! It was so fun to see people really getting into it.
Thanks so much for your great work!
A huge thank you to Workday and Marvell for spectacular events that engendered hundreds of smiles and good feelings while bringing us all a little closer together!