If your office is anything like LANDED HQ, then you’ll all be talking about Game of Thrones this week as well. The much-anticipated series 8 of the world-famous series aired on Monday, and we’ve all been talking about it ever since.

Don’t worry, we won’t include any spoilers in this blog, but we will be taking a look at lessons we can learn from the series all about employee engagement.

But first, did you know LANDED and Game of Thrones have something in common?


Our head offices, along with our sister company Zymplify, are situated right next to some of the famous landmarks used in GOT, which brings hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to the North Coast of Ireland every year.

  • Downhill beach featured in Season 2 as Dragonstone beach where Melisandre burned the effigies of the seven gods
  • Dunluce Castle was used for an establishing shot of Harrenhal in Season 3
  • Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Larrybane Chalk Quarry, location of Renly’s camp in the Stormlands and the Iron Born Kingsmoot, where Yara and Euron made rival claims to the Salt Throne
  • Ballintoy Harbour, the location where Theon came ashore on Pyke Island, where Theon later rededicated his faith to the ‘Drowned God’, where Ser Davos seeks the help of Salladhor Saan for the Battle of Blackwater Bay, and where Gendry escapes Dragonstone in a rowing boat
  • The haunting avenue known as The Dark Hedges is where Arya and Gendry escaped King’s Landing

“It’s hard to describe what Northern Ireland has meant to Game of Thrones because it’s so integral to it. I can’t imagine how we would have done it without it. This town and this country have given us so much throughout shooting the show,” said John Bradley (Samwell Tarly.)

“Not only the crew, and not only our amazing team here but also the people and the locals. They’ve been so welcoming, and we know that it’s been hard, making it so they can’t drive down roads for nine years. This place is going to mean something to us for the rest of our lives, and it feels right to tell them how much we think about them with an event like this.” Said Jerome Flynn (Bronn) at the season premiere in Belfast last week.

 1. Lead by example

When Ned Stark was the leader of House Stark, he led with honour and duty above all else. He had high expectations but was prepared to lead by example – which unfortunately led to his untimely death in Season 1.

Thankfully, no one needs to swing a sword to lead by example in 2019, but we can take a few life lessons from this drama. Senior management or even the CEO should take an interest in their staff and strive to create a sense of trust. By showing your staff that you will listen and take their reviews on board, you will embrace authenticity and transparency going forward – something that is highly sought after when people are on looking for future prospective employers.

2. Always be prepared

‘Winter is Coming’ is what Game of Thrones is built around. House Stark’s motto, ‘Winter is Coming,’ is a reminder that no matter how good things are going, winter is always around the corner.

You must always think of the future and the future of your team. It is such an important avenue for employee engagement, and something prospective employees appreciate. Show your staff that you care about their career.

Things like company newsletters, team catch-ups and ongoing reviews are important tools that you can show your interest in your staff’s wellbeing. Create a two-way flow of conversation between you and your staff will show them you respect them and engages them in any future decision-making processes.

3. Always pay your debts

While she is ruthless, cruel and would kill anyone who gets in her way, Cersei Lannister, Queen of Westeros, will always pay her debts. While in Game of Thrones this could mean death and torture, in the real world it’s much more straightforward (thankfully).

When people or staff contribute to your company, show up and exceed your expectations – take the time to thank them for it. It could be a bonus, company perks or a simple ‘Thank you’ that would make a world of difference.

Humans need to know they are appreciated and appreciated staff would go above and beyond to do their workload. Ensure you are showing gratitude where possible.

So, what can we learn from the series? We’ve put together our top three employee engagement tips that we can take from the famous HBO series.