Tag: Team Building Events

Choosing a Team Building Activity

Before choosing a team building activity, it is essential to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish with the team building event. Take time to consider what problems and challenges the team are currently facing. If the activities you choose do not address these problems and challenges your team building event may fail and could even make the situation worse.  Poorly chosen activities are often experienced as a waste of time by the participants. Paintball, for example, is not a good activity to choose when team members are not getting along, and a team lacking in morale will not benefit from highly competitive activities.

Choosing a Team Building Activity

Objectives of Team Building Activities

Before deciding on a team building activity, be clear about the objectives of the team building event.  Identify existing issues within the team and determine the possible causes of any unhappiness and disharmony within the team.  If there are no obvious problems to be addressed, consider which team building activities can maintain and further improve team performance.

Some basic objectives may include:

Activities Using Music and Rhythm

Team building activities involving music and rhythm are upbeat and helpful to energize, uplift and get teams working together. Teams learn how the individual influences the group and how the group influences the individual. Some excellent activities incorporating music and rhythm are Drumming, Boomwhacking, Noot vir Noot and Karaoke.

Creative Activities

You can choose a creative team building activity to unlock some creative inspiration within your team. These activities are not only rewarding for the team on the day, but it has a further benefit of encouraging a more creative approach within the workplace. Some suggestions for creative team building activities are Art Workshop, Movie Making and Murder Mystery. See also our Creative Thinking Outcome Based team building activity.

Activities to Challenge the Mind

The more cerebral team building activities such as Scrabble Matics will improve the team’s problem solving skills under pressure.  These activities also test the creativity and analytical skills of the participants. See also our Problem Solving Outcome Based team building activity.

Activities to Motivate the Team

Motivational speaking and coaching are extremely beneficial to sharpen and perfect the skills of individuals and teams. These activities are especially helpful to remedy a lack of motivation in the team, bring about change in the team, promote ownership and enforce responsibility. It can also help individuals to better interact with managers, colleagues and customers.

Outdoor Activities that Promote Teamwork

These team building activities are perfect if your team is in the office most of the year and you want them to have some fun in the sun.  Team members learn to work together through a range of fun activities specially designed for the outdoors. Some of the activities that you can choose are Tribal Survivor Challenge, Boeresport Games, Amazing Race, Sports Day, Corporate Fun Day, SA Mini Olympics, Laughter Games and Beach Day.

Precision Activities

These activities are designed to emphasize the importance of working accurately and precisely under pressure. Our Hitting The Target team building theme consists of activities that promote precision in the workplace.

Fun and Social Activities

Team building activities that are more of a fun and social nature are often arranged as a means to reward a team or when team members need to get to know each other better. These activities allow cross communication and create an atmosphere of involvement and fun.  Some ideas for fun and social activities are Karaoke, Laughter Games, Score and Corporate Fun Day.


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Team Building for a Successful Workplace

The adage that a happy workplace is a busy workplace has been proven time and time again by some of the leading global companies, and innovative CEO’s have spent time and money ensuring that their employees are settled, relaxed and that they can relate well with their colleagues. A cohesive team that understands each other and is comfortable communicating and working alongside each other will be a much bigger asset to your business than a disgruntled group of individuals.

Team Building Activity
Team Building Activity

Building a Team

There are countless examples from around the world of where a close, well-knit team can outperform expectations and succeed in their line of work, and this is due to the power of teamwork and morale. Sport is a perfect example of this, where teams can defy the odds and exceed expectations due to having a strong team ethic and working well together. The same is true in the workplace, as an enthusiastic, motivated, and cohesive team can excel in anything they do. This is why building a team out of a group of individuals can be more valuable than anything else.

A recruitment agency can help to find an employee that is suitably qualified to join a workforce, but they will not perform to their maximum potential in an uncooperative team environment. Studies have shown that money spent on team building, improving the ergonomics and aesthetics of the work environment, and creating a positive workplace is recouped numerous times over in productivity. Google are a perfect example of this, as they are renowned for striving to create a happy working environment for their employees, and for ensuring that staff members are well acquainted with each other; results of which are clear to see. Google even provide employees with futuristic napping stations where employees can lighten the load and rejuvenate themselves with a power nap.

There are numerous different team building activities which can be undertaken, all of which are designed to bring out range of qualities and skills in people, and these qualities can translate into many different situations. Understanding the concepts behind team building events is essential to getting the most out of the experience as it can be tailored to the needs of your company. Taking a selection of individual workers and turning them into a team is what will help to propel your business forward and make it run much more efficiently. The first step towards building a strong team is improving communication and trust, whilst eliminating conflict and misconceptions.

Communication, Communication, Communication

Putting together a team of bright, intelligent, and knowledgeable individuals is sometimes not enough to get a productive workplace, and one of the major issues that occur time and time again is a lack of communication between colleagues. In any organization, be it small or large, communication is vital for the smooth running of a company. A restaurant will not work well if the waiters are not communicating with the chefs, in the same way that an accountant’s office will fall short if one department does not communicate with another effectively.  Taking people out of the workplace and getting them involved in activities that rely on good communication to succeed will improve the situation tremendously.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Trust Building

One of the key components of team building is increasing the amount of trust that is held between workers. Although the activities carried out during training may be entirely unconnected to the workplace environment, the skills and lessons learned, and relationships formed during the process will have a positive effect on work. Increased trust between employees results in a greater amount of dependency which increases efficiency and productivity. Workplaces that have a lack of trust between employees are usually segregated and inefficient as this causes a barrier.

Related: Trust Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Conflict Resolution

It is not uncommon for workplaces containing a wide variety of people to end up with personal, professional and emotional disputes, and this is often due to a lack of understanding between people. Taking workers away from their normal environment and getting them involved in different team building exercises can work wonders for improving relationships. With the pressure of the office out of their minds, and diversely stimulating activities to complete, social barriers are often lifted, and this translates well when back in the office.


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Successful Team Building Events

It is important to the success of your team building events that team building activities should be integrated with real-time goals in the workplace. Systematic workplace integration and follow-up processes need to be planned and established before team building events take place. Good feelings and positive outcomes need to last beyond the events.

Successful Team Building Events
Team Building Activities

The success of a team building event starts in the planning phase of the event. The team that will be planning the event needs to be carefully chosen, keeping in mind that they will be modeling how to work together as a team.

Related: Defining a Succesful Team

Successful organizations incorporate annual team building events into the overall company structure. The cultural framework, philosophies, values and practices of an organization should be designed in such a way that it builds a concept of team and team work. In such a framework, team building events will produce supportive results in a group of people that already operate in a team environment.

Team building events should be building on a working system based on shared philosophies, purposes and mission. There should be a sound performance development program in place, encouraging the personal and professional growth of employees. Team building events are more successful in organizations where team work is already an integral part of the business and employee strategy.

Team building events are more successful in a work system in which team behavior is recognized and rewarded. Such a system creates an environment where employees work as a team to solve problems and improve processes. Company policies that are employee and employee-family friendly promote team spirit, and problems or failures do not result in a search for the guilty but for the problem or failure in the work system.

Plan team building events around a business purpose to which all can contribute. Companies should regularly demonstrate their commitment to building team unity, trust and morale otherwise negative results can result from team building events.

Team building events should give the team a clear sense of direction and include workable plans and solutions. Poorly planned and executed team building events, outside of the everyday work context, can result in disillusionment, low morale and negative motivation. Team building should not be a once off event but something that is an ongoing process within the organization.


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Benefits of Corporate Team Building Events

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Team Building Exercise

It is important for staff members of any organization to work as a team and divisions within a team will cause operations to slow down. A Successful team building event is often all that is required to unify and refresh staff members, leading to increased performance within the work place.

Related: The Benefits of Team Building

Team Building Events Help Create Successful Companies

Researches into successful companies will more often than not reveal that there is a strong, happy and unified team behind the success. You will find team members working as a unit and willing to assist each other when the need arises. Through team building activities employees learn to depend on each other and work better as a unit. Working as a team leads to the improvement of operations, finishing projects on time and efficiently satisfying the requirements of clients.

Recruitment Costs Are Minimized Through Team Building

Organizations are constantly evolving requiring employees to consistently improve existing skills or acquire new skills. If current staff members are not willing, or motivated, to improve their skills, new staff will have to be recruited with the required skills. In terms of company expense it makes sound business sense therefor that existing staff members receive training in the required skills. It is good practice to provide training to the team as a whole so that all the members can stand for each other in absentia. An organization whose workers cannot assist each other will always have delayed outputs in case a member is late or not present. The expenditure is minimized in that the hiring of extra staff and training will be eliminated, after the existing workforce is trained on how to work as a team and in all the departments. Creation of harmony among the team members guarantees a happy workforce, which translates to balanced and timely realization of goals.

Team Building Activities Shapes a Team

Organizing corporate team building activities for your company should be focused around what you aim to achieve with the event. When team building activities have strong correlation to everyday challenges faced in the real working environment, lessons learned in the activities are remembered longer and more readily applied to everyday work situations.

Although team building events can be arranged in house, there are many advantages to hiring professional team building coordinators to organize the event. Team building facilitators have the required equipment and expert knowledge to facilitate sucessful team building activities.  Having a facilitator for your event will ensure that all the team members can participate in the team building activities.


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