Whether it is for the purpose of boosting employee morale, ensuring retention, or simply because you want your hardworking employees to have a good time, a team building event is sure to bear fruitful results. At the end of the affair you will be face to face with refreshed, zealous employees who are eager to return to work after having a fun time and having made some acquaintances.
There’s nothing quite like a good friend to keep an employee coming back to work, and thus employers should always encourage friendships in the workplace.
If you’re looking for ideas to make sure the event is a memorable one, you’ve come to the right place.
Get them cooking. This isn’t to say that you should organize your employees into a team and pack them into a kitchen. Even at homes, it is in the kitchen where most of the socializing takes place.
Have your employees cook up something, either as one team or many if you’re looking for a competitive spirit. Since cooking requires creativity just as much as it involves skill, you will also be giving their creativity a boost.
Team Unity has a popular activity called the Food Truck in which employees are set to preparing appetizers, Master Chef-style, which promotes positive competition.
And well, the eating at the end is as communal as it is jovial.
2. Song and Dance
Whether you’re putting them to a singing competition, or a songwriting competition, or teaching them how to dance, song and dance are buoyant activities sure to strike a chord. It will get not only their creative juices flowing but they will also be less reluctant in opening up, and a communal spirit will encourage others to join in. At best, you might even find a prize singer or musician among you!
Team Unity’s Dancing With The Stars is an activity which aligns with all of the above, and has so far been very popular with clients.
3. Fun and Games
Most team building activities aren’t just about getting people together and initiating merrymaking. They’re also about nurturing a spirit of competition which is always productive in terms of quality work production.
Team Unity has a unique and thrilling activity which does all of the above in the most exciting way possible: a game on a Game of Thrones theme! Since over 10 million people in the world watch the popular fantasy show, your workers are most likely to be acquainted and completely besotted with it.
The activity involves people being divided into teams and competing for an ultimate prize—the Iron Throne!
4. A Quiz
If you’re looking to get your team’s brain working instead of their limbs, a quiz competition is a great way of doing this. Let your team know beforehand the topics you’re going to cover and have a couple of prizes on hand.
It won’t just get them together, it will also bolster their general knowledge—knowledge which you could benefit from.
5. An Artistic Exercise
A day set aside for painting, or drawing, or for crafts is always a great idea to get your employees working out their creative muscles. Team Unity has a special Ice Sculpting event which is designed to do just this, and it is decidedly unique.
Let Your Employees Share Responsibility. Organize a Team Building Event!
Harbor a shared sense of responsibility and make your employees feel valued. Engage them and foster in them a sense of community and belonging. Make sure they feel at home while working and do not shun from giving their best.
You have probably heard of the compound effect—it is, simply put, a process in which little things are consistently done over a long period of time. There is no immediate discernable result, but only static. However, once some time has passed and the production compared with what it had been limited to back when the compound effect was not in place, the results begin to assume the form of clarity and certainty.
In short, small things done overtime lead to tremendous and terrific results.
Team Building in Terms of the Compound Effect
Often when people hear about events and activities being organized for workers in order to encourage the team spirit, they don’t regard it as a thing important enough to consider. After all, the only people who benefit from the phenomenon are the workers, right? It’s only for the sake of providing them obligatory fun, or a mandatory annual event, that such events are organized?
With team building events and activities in tow, you’re actually putting the compound effect in effect at the workplace, and here’s how: overtime, as your employees become acclimatized to such events and activities, they will begin feeling lighter and happier at the workplace. They will begin putting in more active effort into their work, which will no longer feel like a task that has to be simple done—it will become a task at which they will have to excel. Creativity and employee morale will be duly boosted, and with the gradual rise in the quality of work you will witness considerable growth in your enterprise likewise.
This is the compound effect re-imagined in a corporate setting: keep your employees engaged and you will reap the rewards.
A workplace brings together a host of people from different backgrounds and harboring different interests together, in one setting. It is often difficult to make them open up to each other, and most people would rather sit silent all day, afraid of how to initiate a conversation.
While it is not imperative that socialization of the highest order must be the norm in any workplace, it pays to know your colleague, your employee, and your employer.
When you get better acquainted with your colleague, you will be better able to manage team projects and could work in a collaborative as opposed to a competitive manner. This in turn will positively affect the quality of the work being produced, and will ensure that no time is wasted. When you get to know your employee, you become familiarized with their weaknesses and strengths, and will know better what task to assign them. When you get to know your employer, you will know better what they expect from you and what their vision for any project might be.
In the long run, little things can help the business run in a smoother, better fashion. Simply knowing that your employer likes minimalism is not just knowing their lifestyle choices, but you will know what kind of Web content they are most likely to approve of. If you know that a specific employee of yours has been engaged in a lawsuit is more than knowing about their personal grievances—it’s knowing you can trust them over a project which is legally inclined.
At the end of the day, no office is run by a single department working in isolation. Many work together to bring projects to life, but they are usually separated while in the workplace. Building bridges between these departments through team building activities helps bring your employees on the same page. They align with your vision for the business and can contribute even more.
Most importantly, employees—especially the nascent, new ones—are hard to retain. There is a mob of opportunities out in the corporate world waiting for them, and your rival companies will be waiting like vultures to pounce on them. Before you know it, they will leave you for a few dollars more, or even for a fistful of dollars—and that right there is the good, the bad, and the ugly of hiring. Hiring is easy, keeping them around can only be ensured through engagement. Team building activities are a great way to do this.
Interested in Encouraging the Team Spirit?
Organize a team building activity for your New Jersey employees and keep them engaged. Give us a call at (973) 325-9111 today to run through amazing ideas, or get in touch with Team Unity for a detailed discussion.