How to spend a Wednesday afternoon in Cocone’s way: stepping on a banana, throwing a shell, and being struck by thunder.
※This article is machine translated.
– Cocone’s way of working “2.5 days off per week”
“2.5 days off per week ” began at Cocone in June 2022.
Simply put, it is a system* that allows you to freely use every Wednesday afternoon for yourself and your family, including “taking a day off “.
The program was introduced based on the idea that “a healthy and balanced lifestyle for employees leads to the growth of services and the company “
This is a sudden leap, but an expanded version of the same program is being considered, and Cocone is always looking for new ways for employees to work and spend their time.
For regular and contract employees. A system in which every Wednesday afternoon (14:30 to 18:30) is considered as having been worked and the afternoon is half day off. There will be no change in salary, scheduled working hours, or deemed overtime hours.
Now, since the start of the “2.5 days off per week, ” combined with the long-standing remote work system, the office looks like this on Wednesdays.
The mornings are for regular work and the afternoons are for private time, but recently some people have been using the time to hold small in-house events of their own.
A case in point is the recently “game tournament” .
A new graduate engineer in 2022 said, “Isn’t there a ” tournament? The new graduate engineer asked, “We will give out prizes (pocket money), so why don’t the new graduates host a game tournament? CTO Takayama also became interested in the idea, and the project was launched.
– Friday After Five → Wednesday After Two
The six graduate engineers who became the organizing team first discussed the date of the event.
The candidate was the Wednesday afternoon time slot.
In general, such in-house events are often held in the after-five hours of the workday (especially on Fridays).
However, since it is a normal weekday, I wonder if people often have to miss a meeting due to urgent correspondence or step back from participating because they are concerned about what others around them might think.
In this regard, Wednesday afternoons at Cocone are private time reserved for company purposes.
The willingness to participate, both mentally and physically, will be greatly increased.
In fact, the initial idea was to convene only the development department, but many employees from other departments also participated.
As a result, the event was a great opportunity for internal communication across departmental boundaries.
Switch generation vs. 64/Super Famicom generation
The game competition, with 16 participants in eight divisions, was held in a rented feteria on the third floor of the office, equipped with a large screen.
The competition title is a banana-stomping, shell-throwing racing game from the world’s most popular IP.
The format is a tournament system with four players playing each other, and the top two winners advance.
Until it was my turn, I waited, scarfing down sake and sushi from the delivery service.
Sushi, sake, games…what a luxurious time on a weekday afternoon at 3pm.
However, the playing area was not a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, but a realistic and aggressive mode where everyone was aiming for the championship.
The prizes purchased with the pocket money of the CTO and some other executives must have been a major motivator.
We don’t talk while playing against each other, we only play silently and seriously.
Participants’ playing skills are generally at a high level.
Gradually, however, the new graduate engineers with their overwhelming technical skills, or the Switch generation, were being eclipsed by the 64/Super Famicom generation.
Although the skills of the 64 generation improved with each round of competition, in the end, the newly graduated engineers dominated the 1st through 4th places for the prizes.
It seems that this was already a memorable day for the Cocone development team.
After the competition, the participants enjoyed drinking and eating while playing a game in which squid inked each other.
Thanks to the hard work of the newly graduated engineers, all participants were very satisfied with the Cocone game tournament.
According to CTO Takayama, the event was so well received that they are considering holding regular game tournaments.
As a company, Cocone is always looking for ways for employees to work and spend their time.
As a result, I believe this has led to the creation of spontaneous communities such as game tournaments and clubs like this one.
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