While we may not have the roof to floor slides, a pirate ship or jungle gym at ifour HQ, we do know that all work and no play makes the ifour worker bees dull girls and boys. So as part of our internal ministry of ifun, a plan was hatched, a quiz concocted and we played a little game: Whooooooooo do you think they are?
Based on the fact that we all spend on average 35 hours a week together and most people will spend ⅓ of their lives at work, we wondered how well we actually know the people we spend all this time with? Donning his quiz master cap, Graeme devised a game so simple it was fiendishly challenging; name the team member from their choice of favourite film, song and TV show. Up for grabs was a prize for the winner of a £25 Odeon cinema voucher and the obligatory wooden spoon for the least observant amongst us.
What added an unexpected plot twist were the poker faces pulled, or lack of, as each item was read out. Strategies across the team varied, some hedged their bets and filled out a different name for each option in an attempt to snag points whilst others stuck firm with their convictions and kept their cards close to their chest. Not that we’re all highly competitive… Several films and songs were unknown to large swathes of the team, cue scratching of heads and glances at facial expressions for giveaway reactions, but much more challenging were the duplicate choices. Amongst the shared favourites were two Star Wars films (Revenge of the Sith and Empire Strikes Back), two Blade Runners (original and director’s cut), two Radiohead tracks (Fake Plastic Trees and Paranoid Android), two tracks featuring Paul Simon (Call Me Al and Sounds of Silence) and two Blackadders for favourite TV show.
Graeme added fun facts about the company between each person’s choices including our first main client being Microsoft (sadly we don’t know Bill Gates personally), we were once offered pizzas in payment to build a website (we said not interested, if only they had offered extra pepperoni!) and we have on occasion designed a table cloth.
For speed the answers were written out on paper, with any crossing outs voiding the points for that question. However all is fair in love, war and ifour quizzes. The rules didn’t stop the more competitive members employing strategies that sailed close to the wind in terms of ‘competitive sportsmanship’ (aka cheating), both in the original answers (adding a touch of confusion with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s Danny Boy) and off-piste answering tactics behind quiz master Graeme’s back.
After an hour of blank faces, chewed pencils, banter and a lot of laughter, it was revealed that our Senior Strategist Léonie has the most encyclopaedic knowledge of the ifour team’s likes and dislikes with a mammoth 24 out of 45, closely followed by Senior Designer Fiona with a very respectable 18. The average team score was 15, however, bringing up the rear with a lowly 6 is the now proud owner of a wooden spoon, Richard. In his defence, Richard’s passions are gardening and DIY, (both of which he would have aced being our resident go-to guru for anything in either of those fields). Overall it was an hour extremely well spent, having learnt so much more about the folks we spend most of our days with than just the Pantone reference for their tea strength.
If you want to get to know your team a little better why not spice up the work day with a working lunch quiz? Let us know if you can tell us whooooooooo do you think they are or contact us to see how we can help improve your internal communications and relationships on firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 01892 541111 or make an appointment to come and see us at our creative design studio on the Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.