Zoom fatigue has become a familiar complaint in the remote working paradigm. Even Eric Yuan, founder of the video conferencing tool has admitted to falling victim to the burnout.
The Gen Z is not exempt either. A study by work productivity specialist Virtira revealed that two-thirds of workers aged 18 to 24 experience stress from spending unprecedented amounts of time in front of webcams.
As virtual teambuilding takes off, we sniff out some fun ideas that can help combat Zoom fatigue.
Jurassic World RUN!
For remote teams itching to get out of their seats, this virtual marathon will more than satisfy. Plunged into a themed Augmented Reality (AR) adventure, runners will be challenged to outmaneuver dinosaurs on the remote Jurassic World island of Isla Nublar.
Runners from different locations in Asia-Pacific can participate individually or in teams of two at any time using the MOVE by LIV3LY app. Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand will be the first five countries to experience Jurassic World RUN!.
Participants can log their run times and distances in addition to unlocking milestones using the app. They may also use wearables or preferred running trackers by syncing them to the MOVE app via Apple Health or Google Fit.
For solo runners who dare face the dinosaurs alone, there are three distances available: 5km, 10km and 21km. Those who are pairing up for the adventure may complete 21km. Finishers for all categories are entitled to an exclusive finisher T-shirt, while 10km and 21km finishers will receive a medal.
Jurassic World RUN! Asia Pacific 2021 is organised by CNeX, a MICE and project management company headquartered in Singapore, and powered by LIV3LY, a social fitness marketplace for mass participation events in APAC. The virtual run is produced in conjunction with Universal Parks & Resorts.
Registration is open until 29 September 2021, via the official website (jurassicworldrun.com) or the MOVE by LIV3LY app.
Win it in a Minute
There is nothing overly sophisticated about Win it in a Minute. But mindless fun — reminiscent of the party games we sorely miss — might just be the perfect formula for combatting Zoom fatigue. Afterall, a big part of burnout stems from the “cognitive load” that virtual communications exert, turning simple interactions into something that requires a lot of thought and interpretation, Stanford researchers say.
Inspired by TV game shows, Win it in a Minute sees teams battling it out in 60-second challenges such as flipping a spoon into a cup. Teams go off into breakout rooms to practise the “stunt”, before collectively deciding on who they would send to compete. The chosen representatives then go head to head in a 60-second showdown. As the timer ticks down, spectating teammates erupt in cheers and screams. After several rounds, the team with the highest score wins.
“It is simple and easy, but with a lot of interaction and physical involvement. This is as close as it comes to a live, physical event,” shared David Fotheringham, Director of Asia Ability, which has been running corporate teambuilding in APAC for 20 years.
While the play experience may seem simple, it is the outcome of well thought out design. Interactions are carefully structured to maximise participant interaction, but also incorporate physical involvement so that “the Zoom room disappears”.
“What’s been really fun is the facilitators extend the experience to other family members in the home who can also join in and help out in the challenges. Opening this up makes the experience more human. It also allows colleagues to meet each other’s families and the whole shebang,” said Fotheringham.
The game lasts from 45-90 minutes, and can involve 12-150 participants.
Virtual Art Jamming
Touted as “freestyle painting” or a form of art therapy that encourages unencumbered expression, it is fitting that Art Jamming now offers another layer of freedom – the ability to jam with friends from anywhere in the world.
The activity is popular also for its stress busting abilities, securing its spot on this list.
Teambuilding company The Fun Empire will ship painting kits to participants before the event day. There will also be certified facilitators to guide participants through the activity, including through providing tips on colour mixing theory.
Each session lasts 1.5 hours, and can involve groups of five and up. There is no limit on the number of participants, according to The Fun Empire. The Singapore-based company has organised teambuilding events for companies including Disney, PWC and Apple.
Teambuilding with a heart will never go stale. Asia Ability’s latest teambuilding programme, IMPACT, highlights positive change through an app-based game focusing on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“What really sets this particular event apart is the meaning and purpose behind the fun – the fact that every participant engages with the 17 SDGs while contributing to projects that make a direct impact to these goals,” said Asia Ability’s Fotheringham.
Participants join the game through a conferencing tool, while a specially designed app guides them through a series of tasks, each one uniquely related to one of the SDGs. Tasks are related to themes such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Gender Equality, and Climate Action.
Teams are given the option to contribute through B1G1, a social enterprise and partner of Asia Ability. Participants can get involved in projects in the area of Active Economy, Beautiful Society and Clean Earth.
Each session lasts 1.5-2hrs, and can involve groups of eight and up.