On 2nd November, the HR team at Nordic Intent sent out a cryptic message to everyone in the company, saying that something crazy was planned for 10th November. As a result, all we could do was speculate as to what exactly was happening. This anticipation held strong for almost the entire the week until the HR team revealed what they had planned.
One of Nordic Intent’s philosophies is “we work hard and party harder” and all was soon revealed. As it turned out, 10th November was to be a day of fun for all in the company. HR and the management decided that we deserved to have some fun in the midst of working hard. The theme of the party was Color Block and Beards. Everyone was encouraged to dress in a combination of three or more solid colors, the funkier the better and also wear beards.
The day started out with business as usual. HR got us to finish work early so that all would be free to take part in some fun team-building activities that they had organized.
The fun began at 4 pm with the head of HR welcoming everyone and explaining the rules to the two activities that were planned.
To start off, we were divided into four teams of 15 people each with a team leader. The first activity was rightly called Hustle, Bustle and Fix your Puzzle. It involved a scavenger hunt of sorts for pieces of a giant puzzle that were hidden all over the office premises. HR explained that teams would be given a certain amount of time to find these pieces and would then have to put the pieces together.
But there was a twist. Teams were instructed to collect as many puzzle pieces as they could and save what wasn’t part of their picture for future negotiation. What ensued was a mad dash to locate all the pieces. Team 4 was the quickest in locating most of the pieces and managed to create their puzzle first.
The next team-building activity, Build and Block, came with some twists and turns. Each of the four teams from the previous activity was split into two smaller ones, Team A and Team B. They were then given identical boxes of lego pieces. Team A had to build an item and hide it from Team B once they were done. Team B then had to guess what they had built and replicate the same item. Questions could be asked but only Yes and No answers could be given in reply. The game was finally won by Team 3.
After the games, we got ready to party, kicking off the fun with balloons, a superhero game and even one called Bread and Butter. Conversation, food, and drinks were plenty with all of us mingling and getting to know people from the company. Then came the dancing. All of us let our hidden dance talents out and left our inhibitions at the door and had a great time.
All in all, it was a much needed and well deserved Saturday night for all at Nordic Intent. The party ended close to midnight, though some could not tear themselves away and hung out for a little while longer.
Now, with Christmas almost here, parties and fun will be aplenty at Nordic Intent in the near future.