Consider Team Building Events in the Workplace for Their Residual Benefits

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Many companies look at team building events as an afterthought to spend whatever money they have left at the end of the year mainly because they think of a team building event being recreational.  Granted many team building companies offer Go Kart adventures, cooking events, and alike which are fine to get your personnel to be able to connect and experience fun through recreational activities outside the workplace. These types of recreational events have shrouded the true purpose of team building which is designed to reestablish or mend communication and cooperation that has either broken down in your workplace.

Many companies look for ways to increase efficiency within their personnel that will have residual or long lasting impressions. The companies that have used highly effective well thought out team building activities do see carryovers from the events in their workforce long after the team building events are over. Team building events that do have lasting effects on your personnel should include components such that will reveal or resolve any type to conflict or communication issues that may have been building up or inhibiting progress  among teams, fellow employees or between management.  I had the experience of doing a series of team building exercises for a large national organization that resolved an ongoing conflict with a manager /subordinate for many months and it only took a half of a day to for the breakthrough. During another team building event in which the employees were tasked to work together with employees that they may not to have chose to team up with. One of the participants approached me after the event was over and explained that the team building exercise broke down barrier that she had with another employee and was grateful for the experience!

Properly organized team building events that include problem solving activities, and Training Games with well thought out activities can result in tremendous results for productivity.  Most companies feature a corporate workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other.  A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other. Team Building Exercises are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation

When in search for a team building event that will have a long lasting effect on your personnel after the event is over you will want to examine and come up with a list of objectives that you will want to accomplish with a particular team building event. Most team building companies will be glad to help you assess and offer a team building event or exercise that will help you address any issues that may be affecting your productivity.

5 Benefits of Team Building Activities

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Having your employees engage in Team Building Activities can be amazingly helpful for nurturing a potent workplace climate within your company. More times than not, employers are always looking for new ways that will help build better communications, enhance job satisfaction, and provide relaxing outlets for expression. The benefits of team building activities can help increase employee retention and boost company morale. Most businesses find that employees become refreshed and rejuvenated following team building activities, a benefit that will surely play a role in improving company productivity and efficiency.

Many organizations that have had team building companies facilitate activities for their employees have seen the benefits of successful team building. Most companies feature a corporate workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other.  A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other, but people at slightly further reaches of the organization are sometimes left with a faceless impression of each other, sometimes resulting in an unjustified animosity. Team Building Exercises are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation.  Any bonds made during the day can increase the co-operation between employees on an organization-wide level and therefore have a positive impact on the teamwork efficiency of the organization.

Team Building Activities

Any activity that aids in bringing employees together will begin building connections between employees, an aspect of effective team building. Going for bowling or sporting contests, having weekly luncheons with employees, and providing other professional contests that include gift cards or small electronics as prizes can be very helpful for boosting employees’ spirits. Building an effective team requires an atmosphere of positivity, fun, and ease, and these techniques may promote this even further.

Performance

Since fun team building activities provide a natural change of the day-to-day grind, employees may feel rejuvenated  when they come back to the office. High energy and positive team building activities can be a great way to clear the mind and producing a stronger focus on one’s work. Team-building activities can and do play a large role in increasing productivity if implemented regularly.

Employee Retention

Employees who know that they are being supported by their management tend to develop a sense of pride and passion in their work. Building a cohesive team requires engaging with employees, and this often correlates with a low turnover rate. This can save money in the long run, as it often requires money to go through a new hiring process. Plus, hiring someone new drains a company of time, an aspect that can also hinder business productivity. At we have  quarterly office meetings where employees can give their input to solve a problem or save the company and make a suggestion on something that could improve the level of service we provide to a client. Employees feel engaged when they are heard and their ideas are accepted and incorporated. When they feel they make a difference, they stay.

A Valuable Carryover into Personal Life

Today’s employees are looking for a good balance in what they do as an employee as well as personal life. Too much work can be a deterrent to performance and morale. Performing and being involved in team building activities in the workplace can surely carry over into personal life and can prove be a valuable asset for your employees. They may take what they learned during the team building event and apply to family life, and even their involvement and interactions within their community.

Promotes Problem Solving Skills

In the workplace a crisis can happen at any time. Well thought out team building activities that require coworkers to work together to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically. Teams that are able to determine when a problem arises and know what they can do about it, can then effectively take charge when a real crisis occurs.

Improving morale within your company can be as simple as providing team building activities on a regular basis for your personnel that will provide a long lasting effect and a positive investment that can yield many years of profitable returns.

How Team Building May Have Affected The Outcome of the Superbowl

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Watching the Super Bowl yesterday I was not surprised of the turn of events leading to the  final outcome even though one team had a considerable lead at halftime. Not that the Atlanta Falcons are poorly managed as a team, but one of the reasons the New England Patriots are and have been so successful is because of the coach Bill Belichick. Belichick is known for having a well oiled machine or system in place. There are a lot of teams that have equally good and maybe even better players but the New England team is a very successful system. Team building is a big part of the successful system that Belichick had built and implemented. Successful team building I believe was responsible for the Pats win in the Super Bowl. The “system” that Belicheck implements uses is a very successful form of team building and that is why they are winners more times than not. It looks like Brady is the star, but it truly is the whole system working together working as a team that makes them so successful

Effective teams must have communication among all members of the group. Effective teams conduct frequent meetings to evaluate the work completed and discuss the status of tasks in process. All members of a team must participate in team meetings or receive updates on how the project stands. When all workers in a business are members of a team, management or owner must ensure that communication is clear and necessary information is available to all.

Clearly defined goals are essential for an effective team. An goal provides all team members with an understanding of what the team is attempting to produce or achieve. For example, a team assembled to reduce scrap rates on a production line can define the project goal to reduce the amount of scrap produced by 10 percent. Goals also set the definition for success. When the processes and improvements reduce the scrap rate by 10 percent, the team has reached the goal of the project successful.

So just as in sports, effective team building practices can lead to a successful and productive workplace environment.

The Advantages of Outside Trainers for Companies to Consider

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Employee training is one of a business owner’s or manager’s top priorities and can pay some of the highest dividends in terms of productivity and profitability as well as leading to greater customer satisfaction. There are such companies that can  provide training services to other businesses, also known as outside training. While not a substitute for training by immediate supervisors, outside training has its own advantages and could have a place in your business’s training plan. The benefits of these training companies can outweigh the costs to provide a rewarding long lasting experience.

Outside Training companies

Leaders Speakers Presentation skills and team building training

Professional Trainers

Outside consultants and professional trainers often have the seasoned skills in teaching and training being that is their forte rather than the management and supervisors within the organization who do not practice as a profession. Training is their specialty, and outside trainers are up to speed on all of the newest techniques and the use of technology in training. An outside trainer may be more willing to use role-playing and team-building exercises with which a manager might not be familiar or less willing to use. The outside trainer specializes day in and day out facilitating training sessions for many companies.

From a time management standpoint, A department manager’s or business owner’s time is valuable, and he often finds himself stretched to the limit with day-to-day obligations. Even though the benefits may outweigh the time spent, managers may be unwilling to invest the necessary time to train employees because of other pressures. By delegating some of the more time-intensive training activities to an outside trainer, his employees and company still benefit from the training, and he is able to attend to other tasks so that there is a win/win all the way around.

Another advantage of the outside trainer is that they will have non –biased and insights and  therefore can be advantageous because of the “clean slate” approach to the personnel that needs to be assessed in a non- judgmental way. In the instance or concern that outside trainers may not be familiar with some of the companies practices, trainers will spend some time prior to the training to be brought up to speed on the companies culture and expectations that they have for the prospective training expedition. The trainers are then familiar with the company’s culture as well as their management styles and procedures.

Outside trainers may provide training through seminars or conferences that are held off-site from the business. Off-site training often can provide a more distraction-free environment for employees, who may be pulled back into work when the training is provided at their main place of employment. Seminar or conference training may also allow the employee to interact with others in similar businesses and to gain knowledge and ideas from them. Different venues serve as a refreshing retreat from the overly familiar environment and can encourage fresh ideas.

Companies can truly benefit from outside training companies in the training and development of employees . Outside trainers can help you achieve your desired results in personnel enrichment refresh team when  communication cooperation have gotten out of sync for many reasons.

 

Bicycle Team Building Event – Federal Government Washington, DC

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Team Building Activities for Co-Workers

The Pretrial Services unit for the Federal Government was looking for team building training and awarded Leaders Speakers of Charlotte NC the contract.Bicycle Building Team Building Event They chose the” Bicycles Built by You” team building event because it was a high energy and creative exercise with a charity component. The event took place in downtown Washington DC. There were three sessions of enthusiastic competitive team members that had to bond with their team members and cooperate with other teams in order to advance in their quest to obtain the necessary bikes parts in order to build 20” bikes that would eventually be presented to the local Boys and Girls club at the end of the event.The teams had to come up with a team cheer and compete against each other teams with their creative, unique and high energy competitive exhibitions. They were then judged after the cheer offs to determine winners that would get a concession of a “head start” to start solving some challenging clues to earn their bike parts. The groups worked feverishly to get their bicycles built first even when it meant cooperating and helping other groups with their efforts. The overall team building experience proves and helps the individual teams realize that it takes cooperation from all groups to be successful.Bicycle Building Team Building Charity event Another sense of accomplishment and awe happened at the end of the event when the finished bikes were presented to 18 deserving children from the local Boys and Girls club of Washington DC. The staff members made it a point to individually express their appreciation for the overall experience that this team building event that will provided for them.