Today’s guest brings his interesting business model to the conversation about staff retention. While many organizations permanently shifted to working remotely and many still feeling the impact of the pandemic, we lost the ability to connect with our teams in a meaningful way. Efficiency was up, but so was the turnover rate. Scott Novis brings people together in a very innovative way – through video games.
Scott is the founder of Bravous Esports, a company that uses video games to help boost retention of staff in organizations. When we think of video games, they usually have a bad reputation and are generally seen as something negative, but today Scott shines a new light on them and the results are profound. Listen as Scott describes what an event might look like for an organization and how these gaming events don’t only improve retention, but helps people understand how to be more effective within their team.
What We Talked About in This Episode:
- Scott’s Background and Inspiration to Bring Video Games to Business
- The Loss of Human Connection When Working Virtually
- Participating in Video Games Authentically and More Relaxed
- How Scott’s Company Brings Events and Activities to Organizations
- The Metrics Scott Looks at During Events
- Establishing a Fun Committee with Volunteers
- Creating a Safe Environment Through Play
- Being Intentional About Creating Social Interaction
- Devices and Accessibility
- Cooperative Gaming to Boost Teamwork
- How and What Questions Instead of Why
- Applying Problem Solving in Game to Work
- Scott’s Book Recommendation and Daily Rituals
About Our Guest:
Scott Novis comes from an eclectic background of professional influences; he has two engineering degrees, spent decades as a game designer, and worked as a Disney executive before leaving to found GameTruck, a nationwide company that provides social gaming spaces for children at parties and special events. He’s also, significantly, a seasoned baseball coach. Scott has assembled a team of experienced video game coaches who are competitive-level experts at their games but also have education and community organizing experience. Bravous is based in Arizona, has programming up and running in New York, and is expanding across the country. Bravous has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Dave & Buster’s, local governments, and others in an effort to let as many people as possible, regardless of age, gender, or prior experience, engage with esports in an uplifting way.
Connect with Scott:
Links and Resources:
- Scott Novis Website
- Bravous Website
- Scott Novis on Instagram
- Scott Novis on LinkedIn
- Bravous on YouTube
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