Company culture is very important to a business and maintaining the happiness of employees. At jWeb, we use an hour or two every last Thursday of the month with the entire office to get to know each other better. This may be through games in the office, holiday activities, or any activity we deem fun!
Picture this: it’s been a long busy day at the jWeb office, the coffee pot has been refilled more than once, and our employees can’t get Friday off their mind. Suddenly, the smell of barbeque meatballs and gluten free pizza floats across the office into every room drawing each jWebber out of their office towards the kitchen.
As they approach the food, they notice the conference room doors open and Amy setting up eleven different Nerf guns on the table. Curious, they drift over to find out that this month’s Thirsty Thursday activity is a game of “Trouble in jWeb Town”.
The motive? It depends on what you draw, but it all starts with a deck of cards. If you draw a red colored card, you’re a bad guy. If you draw a black card, you’re innocent. But if you pull the joker, you’re the detective. Once you know, the rest is pretty simple: shoot the bad guys.
The countdown from ten begins and out the jWebbers spread. They run to take over each room in the office. Then as Amy’s voice reached “one,” Nerf darts start to fly and so do people. You see them running from each other, hiding behind doors, and matrixing darts in fear of getting shot by the bad guys or the innocents. It’s total mayhem and it’s so much fun.
Bodies are sprawled out all over the office, as jWebbers pretend to be dead. This continues until each member is either shot or one team remains standing. Unfortunately, the bad guys had the upper hand this time. After a couple more rounds go on and more food and drinks are consumed, our game and Thursday finally come to an end.
For some people, this activity might have seemed silly. For us at jWeb, it was an opportunity to relax and have fun.
Nate Brown, our graphic designer, was in charge of picking the activity for August. When asked why he chose it, he explained how he had seen another company play it and thought it looked really fun. ”We had been spending a lot of time in the conference room on Thirsty Thursdays playing games in front of the TV and stuff, and this game seemed like a good way to get out and run around and have some fun with it,” Brown said.
What started as an early Thanksgiving dinner with everyone in the office, turned into a way to interact more than just a few times a year. “I guess my favorite part is having something to look forward to in the afternoon and getting away from my desk for a while,” Brown concluded.
What The jWebbers Have To Say
“It’s very relaxed as long as you get your work done, and that’s what matters. There is not a lot of pressure to be here all the time, we’re not expected to put in 60/70 hours a week as long as were getting our work done. We can wear whatever we want… and here I am allowed to come in and be myself so that’s nice.”