- By Gina Shanks
- In Team Building
- Posted August 9, 2019
What is Team Building
Team building has been around since the beginning of civilization in one form or another. Officially, corporate team building can be traced back to the 1920s and ’30s with what is now known as the Hawthorne Studies. Researchers studied what happened when a group of employees worked on activities together. The most relevant results, as proven by these studies, were the groups’ sense of identity and feeling of cohesiveness from working together. Often team building is utilized when a corporate team suffers or has conflict. Although team building is an excellent exercise for improving role confusion and poor communication, we do not want companies to forget that team building can also be a rewarding experience.
Even the strongest teams can benefit from these team building ideas. Corporate groups can build effective relationships while finding solutions to office conflicts, as well as set goals to drive the company to new levels of success. When you decide to host a team-building activity, it tells your team you care about their success.
During team building activities, your employees will grow and learn new skills they can bring back to the company. People will be more motivated when they can take pride in their performance. Once a stronger trust has been built amongst teammates, everyone will enjoy coming to work more each day. The effectiveness of team building differs from one organization to another. One commonality is that all members of the team must understand the objectives they face when going into the activity. Once the team’s goals are set, and roles are assigned, teams can work together to achieve great results. Conducting a needs assessment before a specific team building program or activity is decided upon is always essential to its success. The needs assessment identifies the group’s goals and desired outcomes so the program can be structured to address them.
When team members can trust each other and learn to communicate more effectively, they can easily share ideas and collaborate. Team building helps those who might not typically be engaged to interact with each other. It teaches people to work together, thus increasing productivity. Finding ways to utilize each person’s skills and then transferring it to a work project, results in more efficient work and satisfaction from the team overall. Corporate Team Building has become more critical than ever in this growing, fast-paced, high-tech age of electronic social interaction.
Employees used to work together in business physically, but now we live in an age of remote offices, email, texting, and video-conferencing. So, face-to-face, in-person human interaction among the members of your team in the form of team building programs and activities is more important than ever before. Now that you’ve learned some of the positive, professional, and human reasons why team building is so important for your team, let us not forget to tell you about all the FUN reasons!
About Best Corporate Events
Best Corporate Events is the largest corporate team building company in America – created by the merger of top companies in the fields of Team Building events, Professional Development, Interactive Entertainment, and Event Technology. We’ve designed and trademarked many of the most popular corporate team building programs in our industry including Competition to Collaboration®, Total Recall, Build-a-Wheelchair®, Bridge to the Future™, Bike Build Donation®, SmartHunts®, Build-a-Guitar®, and our Igniting Team Performance™ series. Your team will love the high-tech team building activities we’ve created using iPads® we provide, all running event apps we’ve developed. Our experience and proprietary technology also allow us to deliver highly successful team building events with hundreds to thousands of participants. Our needs assessment helps us to tailor your team building activities to achieve your company’s goals. We can customize the program to fit your group’s size, goals, and allotted time. Best Corporate Events has delivered corporate team building activities to thousands of small to large companies with 30 to over 6,000 participants. Our corporate team building activities are designed to: Enhance individual and team growth, Improve stronger connections within the team, Strengthen your teams bond, trust, and communication, Solidify the cohesiveness of your team members, and provide key insights and applicable skill sets amongst your teammates. Here are some of our recommended team building ideas for bringing your team together.
In addition to offering core programs including MBTI, DiSC Profile, Emotional Intelligence Training, Meeting and Time Management, and Presentation Skills, we offer our performance series.
Our Igniting Tem Performance series is perfect for any group level. If you’re a newly formed group, our level 1 program is a great way to increase collaboration and bond your new team. If we have an existing group, level 2 activities will highlight the benefits of team building with takeaways for immediate workplace application.
If you are already a well-oiled machine, your team can still benefit from challenging initiatives that test your group’s goal setting, time and meeting management, communication, and leadership skills. The best part is that even a level-1 team can become a level-3 team with this series of high-performance team challenges!
Over the years, Best Corporate Events has developed a great lineup of over 20 different CSR programs to benefit a wide variety of our fellow Americans. We have also built a network of long-lasting relations with top philanthropic organizations across the country that help distribute the items built and assembled at these fantastic CSR events. Our CSR programs can be delivered anywhere in North America and feature group bonding activities designed to boost team spirit and unity while helping less fortunate members of your community.
These uplifting events include corporate team building activities, games, and challenges resulting in the creation of items for donation to local and national charities. The items are donated for the benefit of overseas soldiers, schools, the homeless, children, the elderly, and Alzheimer’s patients – to name a few.
We deliver CSR programs for corporate groups of 30 or more and also have set world records delivering some of the largest charitable giveback programs. These world records include a Build-a-Wheelchair for 4,000 employees of Dell and a Bike Build Donation® for 3,400 managers from Lowe’s who built and donated 1,048 bicycles in Las Vegas to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Nevada.
Game Shows are our fast-paced rounds of survey questions written explicitly for corporate groups. Companies can even add some of their own questions to the mix! Winning “teams” move forward to the semi-finals and hopefully, the final round to vie for the gold medals we present to every member of the winning team.
Our unique game design keeps everyone involved throughout the show, regardless of your group size. No matter how many points are on the scoreboard, you can be confident that your participants will score big with this corporate version Game Show Feud!
Our food-themed team building events are the most delicious! Each program is the perfect blend of good food, competition, and fun to encourage your group to work together as a team and enjoy each other’s company. We work seamlessly with your venue to arrange the food and the setting so that you can combine a fantastic meal with high-spirited, team bonding activities. The type of cuisines may vary, but these programs share a common mission – to build unity while breaking down barriers for better communication. Our events focus on interaction, which leads to happier and more productive team members in the workplace.
The kitchen has always been a place where friends and family like to congregate to socialize. Preparing food together can foster creativity and camaraderie, which makes cooking a perfect team building activity. Teams will enjoy a competitive format type event while collaborating and strengthening the cohesiveness of their team. As a result, this is a perfect opportunity to level the playing field. Everyone has an important role, and it will take each team member’s contribution to creating what is on the menu.
Choose a Chili Cook-off for teams to whip up their own Chili recipe. Or Liven things up with a Fiesta Fun™ or Tapas and Sangria making. Or choose our Food Truck Face-off where teams build a food truck, create a logo, decide on a menu, prepare the food all the entire group to enjoy.
Looking for great corporate team building ideas? Why not try a high-tech scavenger hunt! SmartHunts® are fun, challenging, and hi-tech corporate scavenger hunts delivered on iPads® loaded with SmartHunts and Facilitator Apps.
Our proprietary Apps utilize text messaging, audio, video, FaceTime®, QR Codes, iMovie®, social media, and GPS tracking to produce the best hunts and team building activities ever! SmartHunts are a combination of sightseeing, gaming, laughter, and team building and can be delivered at any location in North America.
We give teams permission to have fun with a SmartHunt® that is customized for them and the area they wish to explore. Our final awards ceremony includes a live-feed slideshow from photos and videos shot by your teams during their adventure!
Small to Large Groups
Whatever your group size, from 30 people to 6,000, Best corporate Events can design and deliver a fun and impactful program for your team. We’ve developed event apps to leverage the technology and mobility needed in facilitating large team building programs. The apps we created helped us build cutting-edge programming that is new, fun, and impactful.
If you want a meaningful event for your group of 1,000 or more, you are no longer limited to shows and socials. You can bond your team with an interactive experience designed by the go-to experts for large corporate events. Best corporate events are team building at its best!