One of the best things about having a scavenger hunt business is people's reactions when we tell them what we do. Some are shocked: "You get paid to do that?" Others are confused: "That's a job?" (One of the best jobs in the world!) But frankly, most seem delighted: "That sounds amazing! What a fun job you must have!" And we always nod, high-five each other and say, "Yeah, it actually is pretty great."
Because it's such an "out-there" kind of profession, we do a lot of question-answering (which is another great part of the job). Here are the top 5 questions we get about our team building scavenger hunts.
1. What kinds of challenges do you use?
We've written a good overview on our "Kinds of Challenges" page, but suffice to say that we try to be creative as possible with our challenges, and look to our clients and the world around us for inspiration. Is today "National Grass Is Greener On The Other Side of The Fence" day (an actual day)? We'll create a challenge based on that. Is there something the city is known for (our hometown is famous for its craft beer)? Is there a new art exhibit in town? A famous historical landmark? What's the latest viral video craze? We bring all these things together to make challenges that ask people to be their most creative, fun-filled selves.
But it's not just fun stuff (though we like to think all of our challenges fall somewhere on the fun spectrum). For new employee orientation, we have teams learn something about the departments where they'll be interacting the most. We've designed Pay it Forward hunts where participants solve clues to earn items for care packages. The challenges we create for your hunt all depend on what you want to accomplish with the hunt.
2. Do I have to be super-competitive?
No. While we love our competitive teams who will do almost anything to win, we find most teams just enjoy the creative nature of the activities and don't even check in to see where they stand on the points. Don't get us wrong, we love winning and those teams who go above and beyond to complete a challenge are some of our favorite people, but we also love the group who starts of awkward and skeptical, and by the end grudgingly admit they had a really good time.
3. How much does it cost?
Once people understand how the hunt works, the next question we always get is around how much it costs. The answer depends on a few factors, like how many participants you have (the more people, the lower the price per person), whether you need us to be on-site to facilitate the hunt and how custom you'd like the hunt to be. Prices generally start around $22.50/person (for a standard, non-facilitated hunt), but we can reduce the price if you've got more people (and increase it if you want a bunch of bells and whistles to add on to the hunt, like designing an "Amazing Race" style hunt.)
4. Can this REALLY help my team bond?
Absolutely! Research shows that surprise improves happiness, physical movement improves mood and moments of authenticity among team members builds stronger, more effective teams. Our hunts and their challenges are all designed around bring people together in new and creative ways. Of course, a lot depends on the type of culture you have when you get back to the office, but our hunts create an excellent place to start when it comes to have teams that truly enjoy working together.
5. Can our pregnant/elderly/recovering from surgery employee play?
Yes! Plenty of challenges can be completed by just being creative. In fact, our teams that have one or more people who are physically not as strong as the others sometimes have an edge, because they're forced to problem solve and be innovative by sheer will power. Those are some of our favorite teams!
Got more questions? We got more answers! We're happy to set up a free, no obligation demo if you're interested in learning more.
This is a guest post written by our intern, Jade Villanueva (one of the coolest millennials we know).
The cubicle neighborhood has never really appealed to me as a dream workspace, and as a millennial, I know I’m not alone. My creativity, productivity, and motivation all suffer when I’m packed into a desk that’s big enough for an 8 year old. I need a comfortable chair, room to spread my things out, some natural light or warm lighting, and music. I tend to channel productivity and creativity differently by changing up my workspace. Instead of the traditional cubicle, today we’re seeing coffee shops, bright offices with large windows, and bubble chairs. Millennials have been taking over the workplace and changing corporate culture and the workplace dynamic to better suit the needs of employees. Not everyone works efficiently in the same setting, and millennials are voicing the issue and working to change it.
Earlier generations didn’t usually speak up about work culture, because a hierarchy was set in place and a better route hadn’t been discovered. There’s still a hierarchy, but the dynamic of workplace culture has become more collective and I give credit to the millennials entering the workplace. We’re not afraid to speak our minds and we’re more understanding when it comes to different people and how they function. Giving people options for them to give better results is totally worth the change in work environment. There are situations where we’ll be unable to choose where we’d like to work from day to day, but it’s important for employees to have some sort of control on how they work. Giving your workers at least a little of bit of control of their environment could greatly boost work culture and productivity. Happy employees means happy workplace and better results!
Be More Like These Guys
Austin-based Whole Foods Markets allows their employees to use laptops so they can work from anywhere in the building, whether it's from a hammock on an open floor or a standing desk. Google is another company that values their employees’ need for productive work spaces. Google has a person whose job it is to make sure that Google’s workspaces fit their employees personalities and meets all of their needs. Google wants their employees to own their workspace and not limit their potential.
It’s important when finding a place to work whether it’s an agency or corporation, that aligns with your values and allows you to work in an environment that maximizes your potential, productivity, motivation, and creativity!
At Distel Wolfe, we love interns. In fact, we couldn't do the work we do without them! This semester we're incredibly lucky to have Jade, a Grand Valley State University senior majoring in communications studies. Welcome aboard, Jade!
What were you like in high school?
In high school I was friends with everyone and I was very study oriented, I enjoyed playing tennis and hanging out with my friends on the weekend. A sort of funny story is that I signed up for Biology 2 during my junior year and I was so excited because my best friends also signed up for the class and I loved biology. Well I came to find out that it was a dissection lab and every week we dissected a new thing. We dissected frogs, squids, starfish, and many other things. I hated the class because dissecting things and the smells made me nauseous so every week I would make my group members dissect and I would just fill out our lab manuals.
What new thing could you teach me in 5 minutes?
I could teach you the arabic alphabet in 5 minutes or less! There are 28 letters and once you know the letters you can sound out words!
What inspires you?
I’m really inspired by creative people like myself who aren’t afraid to speak up or show their craft. I’m inspired by people who will do what they love and they aren’t afraid of what people say or how they perceive them. They care about what they’re doing and they have confidence in what they’re doing. They’re able to create conversation, and inspire others to not only be good at something but to hone their skills and perfect them.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be successful PR pro when I grow up (which is soon), I want to be able to use my skills to help companies and their brands get their messages to their audience. I also want to help brands analyze their messages and how people are perceiving them.
Why did you apply for this internship? What are you most excited about for this experience?
I applied for this internship because I’m in the mentality where I want to learn anything and everything. I think internships are so important to getting experience with working in a real-life situation. And this internship in particular sounded exciting and fun, but I also was interested in learning a whole different side of communications industry. I’m most excited to see how this internship will expand my knowledge of communications as well as business. I’m excited to learn new skills from two entrepreneurs!
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about designing surprising and unique experiences for her clients.