Team Building In The Time Of A Pandemic

5 Feb, 2021 – As Malaysia entered the second phase of MCO which is keeping most people away from the office as they work from home (WFH), how do companies keep the team motivated and on the same page even as they stay physically apart?

At INCEIF, the answer is – virtual team building. The Human Capital Department today organised a virtual team building for INCEIF staff, the first for the organisation which may not be the last judging by the good response. While work continues through WFH arrangement, there is value in stepping away from tasks for a short period of time to bond together virtually, even for just a few hours. Remote work can be isolating when there’s not an intentional effort to connect with the colleagues on a personal level, especially as most of the 109 INCEIF staff has been working from home or on rotating office schedules since the start of the first MCO in March last year.

Using a virtual game of adventure, Diamonds of Amazonia, 99 INCEIF staff were connected virtually with one logging in from as far as India – Dr. Shinaj Shamsudheen, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Management Centre, who was back in his hometown. The premise of the game is that teams are challenged to mine priceless diamonds from Diamond Valley, but there lies a big obstacle in the way – The Amazonia Rainforest which is touted as the world’s largest and most dangerous tropical rainforest. The teams will have to meticulously plan their limited resources, skilfully strategise their journey, collaborate and make quick decisions amidst the adventurous environment.  In the process, they learnt strategic decision making, focus on productivity, maximizing resources while ensuring good teamwork. At the end of the day, the main goal of the virtual team building is to keep everyone engaged, productive, and happy in their work.

Upon completion of the 45-minute game, a debrief session was held where staff shared their own lessons from the exercise. Among them were, how taking calculated risk by going outside the box might just bring you ahead of the competition.

Congratulations to the winning team, Team Tombiruo which comprised Mr Mohd Firdhaus Nor Zamani Of HC as team captain, Assist Prof Dr. Ziyaad Mahomed of Executive Education & e-Learning, Mr Zulhairi Mohtar of Quality Management, Ms Normas Rafie of Sales Marketing & Corporate Communications (SMCC), Ms. Norakmal Idayu Ramli of Facilities Management Procurement & Procurement and Health, Safety & Environment (FMP & HSE), Ms Rakhaa Wajdah Mohamed of School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS). Meanwhile, Team Kapok which consist of Mr Mohd Norhisham Mohamad as team captain, Mr Bastian Culas of FMP & HSE, Ms Lili Marina Husin of SGPS, Ms Nik Atifah Fauzana Nik Zaini of SMCC and Ms Wan Lidiana Lidia Wan Abu Bakar of Executive Education & e-Learning won the Best Team Effort prize. On top of that, Mr Muhammad Ariff Idris of ICT won the Super Forecaster prize for rightly guessing the activity planned by HC. Winners won gift voucher courtesy of INCEIF. Finally, the best dress-up prize went to Mr Sabarudin Yusoff of FMP & HSE who wore a Viking warrior helmet thus taking home RM100 gift voucher sponsored by HC.

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