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The Elevate team gathered to play HQ Trivia.

Boosting Company Culture Isn’t Trivial (Or Is it?)

Angela Hanshaw

By Angela Hanshaw ,

Senior Interactive Developer

March 2, 2018

Culture

It's 2pm on a weekday. What is the Elevate team most likely doing? A. Solving a big digital proglem. B. Holding a design review. C. Talking with a client.

Ok, it was a trick question. We’re likely to be doing any of those things, but when client work allows you’ll also find us waiting for our favorite trivia host, Scott Rogowsky. Yes, it’s HQ time at Elevate.

What started as a nice way to break up the afternoon quickly become a great opportunity for team building. We soon devised a divide-and-conquer method for beating the game: If there are only a few of us left in, and we get a question that stumps everyone, each remaining person picks a different answer so that at least one of us will be able to keep going. Plus it’s always fun to see what kind of random knowledge our group holds. Thanks to an Eddie Murphy skit on Saturday Night Live, I knew why George Washington Carver was so into peanuts. (Answer: Planting them helps with soil depletion.)

Group hq orig

It’ll be interesting to see where HQ Trivia goes in the future. Will advertisements and product placements ruin the fun of the game? Bots are already threatening to becoming an issue — how will they handle cheating? And some have expressed even deeper concerns about the game. In the meantime, however, HQ has been a great way for our team to relax a little and to get to know each other better.

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