Category Archives: Team Building Ideas

Office Holiday Party. 10 Alternatives

By Susan M. Heathfield

Bolstered by an economy that has made some significant strides over the last few years and healthy corporate profits, a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. shows that more of the nation’s employers are ready to break out their party hats during the holiday season. A new survey shows that not only are companies planning holiday parties this year, but many also expect to increase spending on these employee shindigs.

”In its annual survey on holiday party plans, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that 80 percent of companies are planning to host holiday parties this year. Of these, just over 21 percent are budgeting more for their events.” Fortsätt läsa

15 Team Building Activities for the Workplace

By Susan M. Heathfield

Are you interested in holding team buildingevents in your workplace? You don’t have to spend a lot of money nor do they need to be ostentatious or complicated. You just need to create structured opportunities for employees to mingle. You can offer a team building lunch, a team building meeting, or a team building trip just to start.

You can schedule team building activities in the workplace and in your local community for your employees. They are as simple as getting a team together in a room. Here are 15 team building activities that fit the bill. Fortsätt läsa

How to Break Ice. Top 10 Activities

By Susan M. Heathfield

Are you interested in trying out some of my best ice breaker activities? These top ten ice breaker activities are not just popular in meetings, training classes, and team building events, they are the most popular with the Human Resources section’s readers. Try these top ten ice breaker activities out in your own workplace. They’ll make your participants comfortable talking and at ease with the other attendees.
Get your participants off to a good start by using these ice breaker activities in your workplace.
Even in your regularly scheduled, weekly meetings, a brief ice breaker makes a difference in the resulting employee conversations. Use these sample ice breakers to build strong, effective teams of employees.
Instructions and suggestions for how to make the most of these ice breaker activities are included with each ice breaker. Fortsätt läsa

How to Build a Teamwork Culture in Your Company

By Susan M. Heathfield

Fostering teamwork is creating a work culture that values collaboration. In a teamwork environment, people understand and believe that thinking, planning, decisions, and actions are better when done cooperatively. People recognize, and even assimilate, the belief that ”none of us is as good as all of us.”(”High Five”)

It’s hard to find workplaces that exemplify teamwork. In the US, our institutions such as schools, our family structures, and our pastimes emphasize winning, being the best, and coming out on top.

 Workers are rarely raised in environments that emphasize true teamwork and collaboration.

Further, the way organizations structure their systems of reward and recognition, compensation, and promotions are the antithesis of teamwork. As long as employees are compensated and celebrated for their individual performance and contributions, you are failing to encourage teamwork.

Teamwork Can Become Your Organizational Norm

Want to find another way? In a mid-sized tech company, the sales department recognized that paying employees for their individual sales encouraged employees to focus only on their own clients. When the organization moved to a new commission system that divided a large portion of the commissions equally to each salesperson, teamwork increased dramatically. Employees went out of their way to make sure that all customers received the full attention of any available sales agent. Fortsätt läsa

5 Ways to Make Your Employees to be a Team. Even When They Work Remotely

by Sheila Marikar

”We encourage everyone to do team calls while walking-put on your tennis shoes and go outside when you need to be on the phone with co-workers, wherever you are. You’re going to be more productive. And a lot of our employees compete against one another in Fitbit challenges, so they get to fight for bragging rights. We’re salespeople–we’re highly competitive. That’s how we connect.”

Toni Jacaruso CEO, Jacaruso Enterprises (travel and hospitality)
No. 948 2017 INC. 5000 RANK
463.8% 3-year growth
$4.6M 2016 revenue Fortsätt läsa

15 Quotes to Inspire Teamwork

by Dave Kerpen, CEO

No matter how smart, talented, driven, or passionate you are, your success as an entrepreneur depends on your ability to build and inspire a team. A successful leader is one who can spur his or her team members to work well together toward a common vision and goals.

To inspire your team members, you’ll have to talk to them, of course. I hate meetings, but I love short (seven to 20-minute) huddles to align and motivate the team. One effective way to begin or end a huddle is by sharing a quote. Here are 15 quotes from well-known coaches, athletes, business leaders, and authors that will compel you and your team members to work well together: Fortsätt läsa

10 Quick and Easy Team Building Activities

by Tim Deluca-Smith

Teams are more efficient and collaborative when they use Huddle. However, even the best teams can benefit from team building exercises; they’re a great way of improving communication, morale, motivation, productivity, helping employees to get to know each other better, and learning about one’s strengths and weaknesses. Team building activities can be used by any business, large or small, to promote better teamwork in the workplace, and as most business owners and managers know, great teamwork is one of the key factors associated with a company’s success.

There are four main types of team building activities, which includes: Communication activities, problem solving and/or decision making activities, adaptability and/or planning activities, and activities that focus on building trust. The idea is to perform various activities that are both fun and challenging, and that also have the “side effect” of building teamwork skills that can help improve employee performance and productivity at the office. In this first installment, we’ll take a look at 10 highly effective team building activities designed to improve communication and problem solving skills. These 10 team building activities will have your company well on its way to building a team of peers that work well together, are productive and have a renewed focus.

And don’t forget that providing your teams with the technology they need to remain collaborative is essential to maintaining this focus. Find out what your team can accomplish using Huddle.

Team building activities: Fortsätt läsa

An R&D Team Will Boost Your Success

There’s another one team building idea I want to share with You.

One of the best ways to ensure that your planning is successful is to create your own R&D (research and development) team. All truly successful businesses have departments or teams specifically dedicated to finding and developing new and better ways to do whatever it is the company does, so why not you?

At it’s most basic, and R&D team a small group of friends that you bribe into helping you with problems by offerings of pizza and beer. At it’s most complex, it can be a worldwide network of e-quaintences who have signed on to receive email newsletters from you outlining the projects you are working on, and who in return offer feedback or creative help from hundreds of different perspectives. Fortsätt läsa

I and Team – Effective Cooperation

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This sports cliche is a memorable phrase that reminds people that team success is more important than individual glory. In that sense it is wonderful and is as true for business teams as it is for sports teams. The phrase, however, overlooks the role of the individual in making the team stronger.

To encourage team development, organizations use teambuilding events. Many of these events are based on forced interaction in a fun metaphorical environment – the ‘shared experience’. Some examples of this are rope courses, rowing, paintball, and Monte Carlo nights. While these events are fun and may have some benefit, they do not necessarily teach the individual skills that lead to stronger teams. These skills are confidence, trust, and control-sharing. When developed, these skills allow the free flow of ideas and effective interactions that are the foundation of a strong team. Rather than a simple shared experience, the key to a good teambuilding event is teaching members these three core skills. Fortsätt läsa