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An impactful and memorable team building event starts with effective facilitation. Having an experienced, engaging facilitator is vital to creating an experience that teaches leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills to participants while also being fun and engaging.

Why is that person called a “facilitator” instead of something else, like a team building leader, organizer, or instructor? Because facilitator is the most descriptive term and encompasses all the different roles involved in creating an enjoyable and valuable experience.

An effective team building facilitator is able to transition through several distinct roles very quickly, ultimately going from initially being the focus to transitioning to making the team members the focus seamlessly. Here are four essential roles that the facilitator progresses through during the course of the team building exercise.

The Four Roles of a Facilitator

The facilitator’s first role is that of organizer. This happens before the team members even arrive or any activities begin. In this role, the facilitator has spoken to the client/meeting planner (if necessary) and has assured that the activity(s) that have been chosen is the best one for the team based on goals and shared outcomes. Upon arrival, the facilitator will spend time making sure the room/outdoor space is set up ideally for the participants to enjoy and will get the most out of the experience, including making makes sure the tables and chairs are arranged properly and the sound system works. They ensure that all of the materials and equipment needed are on hand. That the room isn’t too hot or cold. They know where the bathrooms are.

The critical objective in this role is to create an environment for success. The facilitator works to make sure the room or other event venue is comfortable, organized, and as free of distractions as possible so that the participants can focus on working through the activity (and on having fun doing it).

The second role is that of (temporary) leader. Once the team members arrive and are ready to take part, the facilitator introduces the activity, explains the objective, answers any questions, and provides the team members with the information and materials they need.

The third role is to be a coach. As quickly as possible, the facilitator makes the participants the focus. In this role, the “coach” applauds team members, celebrates their successes, gives feedback and guidance, keeps the activity running smoothly, allows fun and friendly competition, and, if applicable, recognizes team members when they come up with solutions that everyone in the group can learn from. Like any good coach, they put the spotlight on the “players,” making the team members the superstars of the activity or program.

The final role of the facilitator is to be a role model. Part of the way they teach communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and engagement is by modeling that behavior. They communicate clearly, answer clarifying questions, and collaborate with the participants.

A facilitator needs to be able to adjust to any situation that arises once the program has started. They problem-solve on the spot, manage change on the fly, and demonstrate everything they want from the participants, so those team members know they are in the hands of a facilitator who can confidently and competently “drive the bus.”

Bringing It All Together

Through the course of the team building program, what the facilitator asks from team members evolves as well: from attention and observation to participation and collaboration. Great facilitation is key to enabling participants to walk away with a valuable and enjoyable experience.

An effective team building program can accomplish several important business objectives: improving employee communication, engagement, collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership skills, among others.

It requires an investment in time, resources, and taking employees away from their regular roles. To optimize your return on that investment, it’s essential to create an environment where employees are comfortable and able to focus on the team building activity.

While it’s natural for workers to want to get out of the office and enjoy the fresh air, outdoor venues are usually not the best setting for team building (with the obvious exception of scavenger hunts or other activities specifically designed to be held outside).

Here’s why—and how to create the best environment for success, whatever environment you choose.

Focus on the—hey, squirrel!

Team building facilitators want to introduce activities in a way where nothing will interfere with the group’s ability to succeed. With any outdoor venue, almost anywhere and at any time, weather is a concern: heat, cold, wind, and/or rain can make conditions miserable. In a public outdoor setting such as a park, there are also potential distractions from other people, pets, extraneous noise, Frisbees, balls of various types, and other sources.

The goal of the facilitator is to explain and deliver activities in an environment with as few distractions as possible. This maximizes your group’s ability to succeed and increases the positive impact of your workshop.

In a purpose-built indoor space—such as a large meeting room on a corporate campus or a ballroom in a hotel or casino—it’s much easier to eliminate distractions so everyone can focus on the team building activity. The climate is controlled, the sound system is built-in, and tables and chairs can be easily arranged to fit the program.

But if you really want to be outdoors…

There are times when the allure of the outdoors is hard to resist. Maybe it’s (forecasted to be) a gorgeous Friday afternoon. Maybe it’s (forecasted to be) one of those first 70-degree days of the spring in Minneapolis, or the fall in Phoenix.

If that’s the case, here are a few strategies to maximize your chances of success:

  • Have a backup indoor space where you can host the team building activity in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.
  • Choose a private, dedicated, or reserved location where you’ll be free of distractions from other people, animals, and extraneous noise.
  • If you are traveling to a different city and your backup indoor space isn’t adjacent to your outdoor space, arrange for transportation in case it becomes necessary.
  • Three to five days out from the program, check the current weather forecast. If it looks less than ideal, consider moving the program indoors. If that’s not an option, decide if you simply want to warn employees to dress for the weather (e.g., it looks like it will be gray and cool but dry) or postpone the event (storms are likely). You want participants to benefit from and enjoy the activity—not to be miserable because they’re too cold, too hot, or too wet.
  • Have a “plan A” and a “plan B” to address the conditions. If it looks like the day will be damp, but not a washout, you may choose to move activities indoors, or keep it outside but use different materials (e.g., no paper or cardboard).

Wrapping it up

It’s easy to understand why people love the idea of doing team building activities outdoors. But nature doesn’t always accommodate.

Depending on your situation, you may decide the risks of trying to pull off a successful outdoor event are too great, and an indoor venue really is preferable. Or you may arrange for an outdoor location, with a backup indoor space or at least a “plan B” in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

What’s most important is to create an environment where distractions are minimized; where you have plenty of space for the activity (follow the recommendations of your team building provider); and where employees are comfortable and able to focus on the activity. That will maximize the enjoyment for participants, the benefits they get from the team building program, and the return on your organization’s investment in increasing employee engagement.

Improving employee engagement is always a productive move, but it’s crucial now more than ever. Here’s why, and how to accomplish that goal.

Highly engaged employees see their work as meaningful. They feel trusted and respected and often feel an emotional commitment to their organization. As a result, they are more productive, more consistently, which ultimately leads to a happier workplace attitude and higher profits for their employers.

That’s always been true. But with the structure of work changing in this post-pandemic environment, increasing employee engagement is both more vital and more challenging than before. Many employees are coming back to the office on a part-time basis, while others work remotely most or all of the time.

Maintaining engagement when employees are physically separated is difficult but essential to preserving that sense of connection and high productivity. Team building programs can be highly effective in sustaining and strengthening the bonds that keep employees highly engaged. Here’s what you need to know.

Team Building is Inherently Engaging

By their very nature, team building activities and initiatives incorporate certain essential pillars for engagement: communication, leadership, problem-solving, and establishing roles.

Whatever the specific program, the foundation is the same: bringing together a group of co-workers and presenting them with a challenge to solve or a project to complete. Out of necessity, the group must begin communicating, asking questions to understand the activity, goal, rules, and guidelines.

The team (or teams) then work together to achieve the objective. It’s fun, collaborative, and engaging. And when it’s over, this experience translates directly into positive workplace attitudes and behaviors.

Team building takes engagement to a new level when it involves corporate social responsibility (CSR). Engagement, problem solving, team bonding, and doing good for the community are all objectives of CSR activities.

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GRPI stands for goals, roles, personalities, and interpersonal relations. This is a core component of effective team building. What are the goals the group must accomplish? What different roles will team members establish to complete the task? How will the different personalities in the group affect the roles chosen? And in terms of the interpersonal aspect, how are team members getting along? How effectively are they working together as a unit to complete the task?

Again, these are skills that employees will learn and hone as part of the team building program—and have fun doing it! And they will bring these new and enhanced skills back into the workplace with them, increasing their engagement with the organization.

Another benefit is that with many programs, the unique skills of certain employees come to light – skills needed in the position the employee fills in the company. Management often observes employees in team building exercises displaying abilities they didn’t know they possessed.

Create a New, Shared Experience

Team building increases engagement by encouraging communication, collaboration, and problem-solving in an activity the participants have never done before. It’s not basketball, or rock climbing, or bowling. The facilitator is introducing activities that are brand new to everyone in the room.

That puts all team members on equal footing, starting on a level playing field with the same information. Everyone starts with the same (limited) knowledge, so no one is “the boss,” and no one is shy about asking questions. As participants engage more in the activity, the facilitator acknowledges fruitful collaboration and recognizes individuals for solid communication.

Today’s team building activities are less physical than old-fashioned team building: “trust falls,” obstacle courses, boot camp. Now, team building is more cerebral.

These activities allow for full and active participation, regardless of the physical condition of any participant. Every team member, even someone with back problems, a sprained ankle, or mobility limitations, can take a full and active part in the team building because everyone has roles. That structure keeps all participants engaged.

Enhance Engagement by Showing What Matters

Employers are in the midst of the great resignation. There’s evidence that labor shortages will persist as companies compete for a shrinking pool of workers. Engagement is more critical than ever. How can companies retain their best employees and make new employees feel like part of the team, even if they aren’t physically in the office?

To maximize engagement, you need to make your employees feel that you care about them as individuals. Every employer offers a paycheck and benefits. What sets some employers apart in this competitive environment for talent is hosting social events for employees (live or virtual), giving back to the community, and team building activities.

Send employees (particularly those working remotely) little gift boxes with cheese, crackers, and beverages. Maybe an engraved wine glass or coffee mug. Conduct surveys to help increase engagement—report on the results. Announce what you’ll start doing, do differently, or do more of.

Show employees they are important by investing in team building activities: a scavenger hunt, a charitable event, a Trivia Game Show. All these types of actions show you care about each person beyond what they do to drive revenue for your company.

The payoff in engagement means you retain your best people, bring new people up to speed more quickly, and make all of your employees happier in their work and more consistently productive.

The practice of corporate team building has been around for almost a century. But it’s never been more critical than today, as businesses struggle with the “new normal” of the post-COVID economy. Here’s why.

Although business is constantly evolving, rarely has so much changed in such a short time in terms of human resources. The word “unprecedented” has been thrown around a lot recently, but in terms of the speed and scope of change in the workplace, that word fits what enterprises face today.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of posts aimed at helping you get and keep employees on the same page as COVID recedes and the new normal takes shape.

Team building encompasses a wide range of activities, from uplifting programs and fun charitable CSR events to impactful training and professional development workshops. And there are virtual events like game shows and escape rooms to bring your team together. Here are six reasons why team building is more important than ever in the post-COVID work world.

To Welcome and Onboard New Employees

Many organizations have experienced significant turnover during the pandemic, as new employees have come on board to replace those who have retired or left to pursue other opportunities.

Fun team building activities are a great way to welcome new staff and introduce them to others and play a crucial role in new employee orientation.

Beyond the benefit of getting acquainted with team members enjoyably, team building provides practical benefits in making new employees more productive, faster.

To Adapt to a Different Type of Workforce

The pandemic accelerated retirement plans for many workers. According to NPR, roughly two million more workers retired over the past two years than would otherwise have been expected.

In addition, with schools and daycare facilities closed during much of the pandemic and only now (tentatively, in many places) reopening, young mothers have been forced out of the workforce in disproportionately large numbers. Though that trend will reverse itself at some point (hopefully soon!), it’s still impacting the structure of the workforce today.

Together, these changes mean that your organization may have not only new workers but different types of workers: more young workers, fewer older workers, and more people at ages in between re-entering the workforce or changing jobs.

Team building programs are not only great for welcoming new workers but also for positively impacting the morale of existing employees and making them more comfortable, more quickly, with their new coworkers.

To Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Most workplaces are becoming increasingly diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. Diversity is valuable in surfacing better ideas by bringing together a broader range of perspectives.

Team building activities focused on diversity, inclusion, and culture help organizations maximize the productivity and benefits of a diverse workplace while helping everyone understand each other better, so they feel comfortable working together.

To Make the New Structure of Work Function More Effectively

The pandemic forced millions of workers out of their offices to work from home or other remote locations. Over time, many workers have grown comfortable working remotely. And many employers have concluded that they can maintain (or increase) productivity while reducing real estate needs by not having all of their employees on-site every day.

Team building increases employee engagement, which can be a challenge when workers aren’t physically together. It helps ensure that employees are working together effectively as a team, no matter where they are.

What’s more, because our team building programs can be delivered in-person, virtually, or as hybrid team events, they can fit the structure of your workplace—whatever that structure may be.

To Help Upskill Your New (and Existing) Team

Team building programs focused on professional development and leadership skills are an engaging and enjoyable way for workers to expand their knowledge and understanding and ultimately do their jobs better.

These programs are helpful in bringing new employees up to speed faster as well as enhancing the abilities of your current staff.

To Do Well by Doing Good

Employees today are looking for more than just a paycheck. They want to work for organizations that have a larger purpose, give back to the community, and provide a sense of contributing to the greater good.

That’s why the majority of In-Person engagements we managed last year were charitable CSR programs, including Build-a-Wheelchair, Bike Build Donation, Build-a-Guitar, Donation Nation, Project Alzheimer’s, STEM Backpacks for Kids, Fostering Hope, and Kids Rock! Other CSR events include Bear and Blankets, Charity Game Show, We Care For Schools, and Operation Military Care.

Whether delivered in-person or as hybrid events, these programs are fun; they develop teamwork skills; they enhance employee engagement; they provide the opportunity to support a great cause in your local community.

Look for more posts in the weeks ahead about specific aspects of why team building is more important than ever and the many ways it can help your teams work better and collaborate more effectively in the post-COVID workplace.

In the past, it was all too easy to take company culture for granted and focus on other HR issues, like creating safe working conditions. But given the pandemic and the tremendous shift to remote work, businesses must work hard to develop what happens organically in an office setting – a sense of belonging and inclusion.

So how can you make remote workers feel like a genuine part of the company’s fabric, even if they’re at home? Keep reading to find out the best strategies.

1. Tap Into Multi-Channel Communication

Being in an office affords plenty of opportunities for communication and interaction. However, these opportunities disappear at home, causing employees to feel disconnected from their workplace.

Effective communication is critical in a remote environment, and a multi-channel approach is the best way to stay in contact. Video calls and team meetings are a vital pillar of this different communication style, and sending more audio messages instead of emails can be helpful as well.

But perhaps most critically, you want to focus on our next point.

2. Encourage Watercooler Chat

Spontaneous opportunities to get to know your coworkers also disappear when you work from home. There’s no chatting in the elevator on your way to the office or in the kitchen during lunch breaks – practices that build camaraderie among coworkers.

Since watercooler chat is not happening organically, schedule time for it. Allow a few minutes at the start of virtual meetings to talk about non-work related topics. Encourage employees to chat about other things at the beginning of their calls, too.

3. Keep Communication Open

Team members feel connected when they feel heard, and what’s the best way to ensure that? Keep an open line of communication, even if you can’t see or interact with your colleagues in-person.

Hold regular check-in meetings to ensure everything is running smoothly and that everyone has what they need. Doing so helps everyone feel seen, heard, and appreciated. Similarly, encourage employees to ask questions or voice concerns. If they are comfortable being honest and their voice is heard, they are likely to feel more connected.

4. Use Calendars

When you’re in the office, it’s easy to get a sense of whether someone needs to focus. Maybe their door is closed, or perhaps they’re giving off strong “in the zone” vibes. Things change when working remotely; believe it or not, many people struggle with distraction.

To safeguard everyone’s time, encourage your team to use their calendars. They can schedule blocks of time if they need to focus, allowing others to check if their colleagues are busy.

5. Listen to Employee Feedback

Another excellent way to make remote workers feel included is to ask them what you can do better! We all want to be heard, so asking your workers for input is an excellent way to strengthen ties to the company. Prioritize getting feedback from employees, let them know that you’re around to listen, and take action when necessary.

There are many ways to solicit employee feedback, such as:
Pulse surveys
Employee feedback tools
Chatbots

6. Redefine the Vision

Has your company’s vision switched to mere survival since the start of the pandemic? You’re not alone. But even if you’re in survival mode, your employees need a purpose to connect with – a reason to “show up” for work.

Now’s the perfect time to realign your vision to fit the times. It should be rooted in a higher purpose for the community, environment, or your customers. Plus, it’s also helpful if your vision can match the current pandemic-mandated remote work situation.

For example, your new vision might be to ensure safe working conditions to keep everyone healthy while moving forward.

7. Use Social Media

Leverage social media to bring remote workers closer together – and no, we don’t mean you need to be friends with all your colleagues on Facebook.

Instead, sites like LinkedIn are an ideal place for sharing snippets of what employees are doing at work. Some companies even use WhatsApp team chats to stay in touch.

Whatever the platform, the important thing is encouraging employees to keep each other updated and having conversations. Used carefully, social media can help foster a richer, more connected workplace.

8. Carve out Time for Fun

With the pandemic, lots of fun, in-person work traditions (like pizza day or monthly birthday celebrations) have been put on the backburner. But just because your employees are remote doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on fun events at the office. Make sure to schedule some time for fun – even if it is virtual.

Companies are choosing all kinds of creative virtual hangouts, like trivia, happy hour, online games, and virtual scavenger hunts. Some even organize virtual meals with food delivered to employees! Team building virtually has been our focus at BEST for almost a year now, and we have over 40 different programs to do something fun virtually with your team. The bottom line? A little effort goes a long way, and a bit of fun can make everyone feel connected.

Get Connected!

Whether your company just recently made the switch to remote work or you are looking to strengthen the connection with your long-term remote workers, these tips will help everyone feel heard and included. Start a meeting with your team and discuss what strategies they would like to implement. Stay connected, even at a distance!

Cristi Waterson is a guest writer for BEST.  She is an advocate for business advice and workplace rights. She has written for Strategics360, New York Jobs, and ZipJob among various other websites. She actively seeks to spread awareness for employee-related issues through her articles throughout the internet.
Giving back to the communities we live and work in is a key part of our events, and also something our team loves to do themselves!

Giving back to the communities we live and work in has always been a priority at Best Corporate Events. All over the country, our charitable programs are some of the most popular with our clients, because they love to have fun while doing good as much as we do. This has allowed us to facilitate thousands of donations to organizations and communities in need.

Our team is spread out all over the country, but when we do get together, it is no surprise to find give back activities on the docket. We bring all our facilitators from across the country together each fall for training and camaraderie.

For our 2019 gathering, our team got to assemble items from some of our most popular CSR programs like Bike Build Donation®, Build-a-Guitar®, and Wagon Build Donation™ that we donated to a local organization in Pinellas County, FL, where our national headquarters is located.

We were lucky to have this chance to get together and do good before the onset of COVID-19 because the virus has made delivering charitable team building events impossible.

We recognize that during this challenging time around the world, non-profit organizations are struggling, and need financial support to continue their essential roles in their communities.

That’s why as we have worked to find innovative and high-tech solutions to presenting events virtually to our clients, and to find ways to continue incorporating give back into our events.

Our charitable organization partners have been in touch, and most are still striving to stay fully operational for their communities. That means they need the same support as ever from corporate partners in order to fulfill their essential roles in their communities.

A graph representing charitable organizations and their level of operation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The best way to explain what our partners are going through is to hear what they have to say.

“We truly appreciate the work of BCE and all of your clients to want to help during these uncertain times. It is difficult for us as non-profits to continue to serve our most vulnerable populations with limited funds and supplies. Currently, our cash and in-kind donations are down so that is limiting the number of military and veterans that we can serve. We continue to do the best that we can because of wonderful people like BCE and your clients. Thank you for being heroes to our heroes!”

“We have been an operating nonprofit for seventeen years and served hundreds and hundreds of youth but are struggling to make sure that we can be operational into 2021 when we can offer in-person programming again.”

“No donation is too small. We appreciate and put to use everything that is given to us.”

“Please don’t be afraid to help. This is a critical time to support children who have had their worlds turned upside down, they need a sense of childhood in any way we can give it to them.”

“We become better together!”

We love being a part of the good our clients are always trying to do when they participate in our charitable events. We know how important supporting their communities is to them, how much more meaningful it makes their gatherings, and we know how much everyone has been hurting during this globally challenging time.

We also know that as companies stabilize, and we move towards the day when live events will return, giving back is rising to the forefront of everyone’s mind again.

It comes as no surprise that PPE and monetary donations are at the top of most organizations’ wish list right now. While most charitable events require physically collecting or assembling items to donate, monetary donations are something that can be accomplished virtually – and in a way that still brings teams together to have fun and bond.

A chart showing donation needs from charitable organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic

We will be here ready to deliver great charitable team building events again as soon as it is safe to hold live events. In the meantime, we have developed a series of Virtual Game Shows and Entertainment programs, the grand finale of which can all include a monetary donation in any amount you choose to uphold the Best Corporate Events giveback tradition.

It may come as a surprise that the term “Black Friday” did not originate with shopping. It was first used to reference a stock market crash that occurred on September 24th, 1869. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the name became associated with retail. On the day after Thanksgiving, people would fill the city of Philadelphia for the yearly Army-Navy football game. Items were repeatedly stolen from stores during this chaotic time. Traffic would clog the streets, thus resulting in the policeman giving it the title of Black Friday.

The beginning of Black Friday

Around 1961, Philadelphia store owners caught onto the fact that they could make a healthy profit during the busy Friday.  They were worried that the negativity associated with the cop-given name would put a damper on their attempts at sales. They tried to change the name to “Big Friday.” The name change didn’t stick. For twenty years the name and the money-making concept stayed within the Philadelphia area.  It did not expand to the rest of the country until the 1980s.

Another shocking fact is that for years Black Friday wasn’t the biggest shopping day of the year. Up until 2003, the Saturday before Christmas held this title. But as the Black Friday concept grew in popularity, more and more stores joined in. Gradually the big sale day began to expand beyond a single day. For the first time in 2011 stores opened on the evening of Thanksgiving.

The Canadian Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is strictly an American holiday (Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated in October), the allure of Black Friday has spread to other countries. In 2007 Canada started their own Black Friday deals to help keep business within their borders. In 2010, thanks to Amazon, the United Kingdom joined in on the craze, and in 2011, Romania caught the buzz, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

The start of Cyber Monday

For many years Black Friday consisted of only in-store deals, but as the use of the internet grew more companies started to branch out into online sales as well. In 2005 the National Retail Federation (NRF) took note that more and more people were doing their shopping online on the Monday after Thanksgiving. Thus Cyber Monday was born. It is believed that the increase in shopping on that particular day was because a lot of people at the time didn’t have access to fast internet at home, thus waiting until they were at work. Stores quickly caught on to this phenomena, helping to make Cyber Monday one of the most popular days to shop online.

 

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We have the BEST Sales Team

On Friday, December 8, we celebrate the Best salesperson. It’s #NationalSalespersonDay.  We would like to take the time to thank our sales team for their dedication and hard work.  Although some salespeople may work in different capacities for instance, on the road, door to door or in a retail location.  Here at Best Corporate Events our sales team is located at our corporate office in Palm Harbor, Florida where your interaction will be by speaking on the phone and email.

What makes a good salesperson? A good salesperson is knowledgeable about his or her product. When you have a question, they have the answer. They stay current on industry trends and news and can help identify the exact product that you need.

Members of our sales team originate from New York, New Jersey, and Spain! With over 40 combined years of experience, it is evident why they love the sales world so much. The most common trait amongst our sales team is that they all love working with people. When we asked our team what they enjoy about sales, the answer was unanimous – “I love the satisfaction from helping a client solve a problem or realize a goal.  Also, meeting new people and building relationships with them every day!”

From your very first interaction with Best, you will quickly learn why we are the Best.  During your initial conversation, your dedicated salesperson will complete a full needs assessment.  We take the time to learn more about your company, and it’s upcoming event. We make expert recommendations and work tirelessly to find the program that best meets the goals of your organization.

Our sales team comes and goes each day with a smile on their face.  Not only are they selling fun, unique team building events that provide fulfilling experiences, they know that those programs are being delivered across the country by our top-notch facilitators.  They also experience the satisfaction of supporting many local charities. Through our most popular events activities that benefit soldiers & their families, schools, the homeless, children, the elderly, and Alzheimer’s patients – to name a few.
To say the average day in our sales department is filled with a lot of laughter and teamwork would be an understatement. We are thankful for a supportive group of salespeople; only the Best!

 

How many times in the corporate world has the phrase “There is no I in team!” been used? Too many? Perhaps so, and because of its overuse, it has managed to gain a negative connotation. When most individuals hear these words they think that it means that each person in the team isn’t significant and that they are only important when they work “together”. The truth is, there are many ‘I’s in a team, and this needs to be remembered, for without each person the team could not exist. It is vital to bear this in mind while encouraging people to work together and work well. Which leads to the question: how does a company show each person their appreciation, while also inspiring synergy amongst their employees? The answer is: Team building.

TEAM BUILDING AND ITS BAD REPUTATION

What’s that? Are those cries of disgust and sounds of horror? Yes, we all know the bad rap that team building gets, and for the most part, it is understandable. Playing a silly (and sometimes dangerous!) trust fall game or participating in talking about either themselves or their fellow coworkers usually only results in making people uncomfortable. This is certainly not going to boost morale, inspire people to want to work harder at their jobs or help improve interpersonal relationships amongst the staff. It is also not going to make people feel respected and valued as both an employee and an individual. In spite of this though team building can in fact work when it is done correctly.

TEAM BUILDING DONE RIGHT

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The first step towards doing team building correctly is realizing that there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration: the dynamics of the group and what the goal of the activity will be. This leads to several questions: “Is there conflict amongst employees?’ ‘Do people not know how to communicate?’ ‘Is there a clashing of personalities?’ Usually when a company is contemplating doing team building with their employees it is because they can answer yes to one, if not all, of these questions.
Still some may ask ‘why is it important? And why does it need to be done?’ The answer is simple. Team building helps to strengthen and improve multiple areas within the workforce. Employees will learn that they can rely on each other, they will gain new skills on how to tackle complications, they will be able to ‘think outside of the box’, and they will return to work feeling inspired. Most important of all, they’ll learn how to communicate better!
‘But how exactly is all of this accomplished?’ Great question! During a team-building activity such as putting together children’s bikes, by designing and constructing a bridge, or making go-kart teams have to work together and rely on each other in order to achieve a common goal. Without each other’s help the task set to them cannot be accomplished; i.e. through lack of proper communication the bike pedals were put on backward, the bridge collapsed or the go-kart’s axles failed. But once they realize what they can attain together, the entire group reaps the rewards.

REAPING THE REWARDS OF TEAM BUILDING

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One of the reasons as to why team building does work is because the activity usually takes place outside of the office. Getting away from the place where hostility and conflict rules the day can drastically help make a difference.
Another reason is that both employer and employee are able to view each other in an entirely different environment and situation. It also allows them to work more closely together, whereas on a common day they might not even exchange a hello. This goes for co-workers as well, those who either work in different sections of the office and never interact, or work in different states and even different countries. Team building encourages camaraderie and bonding, resulting in a greater and more united workplace!

DOES YOUR TEAM NEED HELP?

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Has your team lost its way? Is there hostility and conflict amongst the cubicles? Then why not try one of our team building programs! Each of our specially designed events focuses on problem-solving, innovation, and strategic planning while incorporating fun and excitement to help enhance individual and team growth.

Sources

Shore, Amanda. “Why Team Building is Important.” Herd Wisdom. http://www.herdwisdom.com/blog/why-team-building-is-important/

McCarthy, John. “Why team building is important to your business strategy.” http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/lead/culture/why-team-building-is-important-to-your-business-strategy

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      What is a Keynote Speaker?

      Keynote Speaker is an often-misunderstood term associated with simply a motivational speaker, breakout speaker, industry expert, etc. Most professional speakers are not actual trained Keynote Speakers, who are specialists, therefore in much lower supply, and in higher demand.

      Keynote Speakers are experienced, professional communicators who engage an audience, capturing the essence of a client’s meeting. They are able to highlight it to their audience while simultaneously delivering their own key concepts and proprietary content in an entertaining and impactful way. Most companies understand that this specialization is very much worth the time (around an hour) and the investment.

      In order to capture the perfect essence, a Keynote Speaker spends the necessary time researching a client’s industry, their issues, and their audience to craft a customized presentation into a unique and distinctive moment specifically for the client’s event.

      As a top Keynote Speaker, Tom Leu strategically uses compelling storytelling, humor, powerful visuals, audio and video clips, and audience participation elements to weave an impactful message into your event in a fun and memorable way. Tom can also pair his Keynote with Best Corporate Events programming, laying a foundation and setting a tone that best prepares participants for maximum engagement in the forthcoming team events that day.