Team Building. 6 Reasons to do This

By: Samantha McDuffee

Team bonding brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting. People on your team are asked to think about the implications of these activities at their workplace.

One of the most powerful reasons for team building is to get results. Through a series of planned team bonding events that are fun and motivational, teams build skills like communication, planning, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Team bonding ideas that work help facilitate long term team building through fostering genuine connections, deeper discussions and processing.


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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

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Team Excercises: Teambuilders / Командные упражнения: ”тимбилдеры”

teambuilders.jpgTeambuilders are exercises designed for groups to work through together, for the purpose of building cohesiveness, raising issues in the group, and posing challenges to the team. They generally take longer than icebreakers and energizers, because of the planning, thought, and execution of the task. Facilitators should choose teambuilders that are challenging, but not necessarily impossible, for a group to perform, although there is value in processing a ”failed” teambuilder. Pick and choose from the following:

Blind partner tag: participants in pairs, with one partner of each pair blindfolded. One pair is ”it”, but only blind partner may tag someone (who also must be blind). Sighted partners may only guide by talking (no holding onto arm/elbow, etc.). When someone tagged, that pair becomes new ”it”. After a while, switch so everyone experiences being both blind and sighted.

Three Blind Mice: works best with group no larger than twelve, Fortsätt läsa

Team Building Games: Energizers / Тренинговые упражнения на разогрев

team_energizers.jpgEnergizers are used to get a group moving, give a break from long periods of sitting down, and excite a group about the next portion of a program. Use them in small doses to rejuvenate a group after lunch or first thing in the morning. Pick and choose from the following:

Animal Circle: group in circle, one person in middle. Middle person points to anyone, who must ”make” animal with people on both sides (total of 3 people). If middle person counts to five before animal is ”made”, then center person of animal comes into middle of circle to replace middle person. Animal example: alligator, with middle person making jaws of two arms, and 2 side people make tail by holding hips of middle person.

What are you doing?: group in circle. First person starts by miming action Fortsätt läsa

Team Building Excersises: Icebreakers

team_activities1.jpgIcebreakers are team building exercises designed to get a group to warm up, to get to know one another, to learn about each other, and to make people comfortable with the group, whether they are newcomers or established members. Pick and choose from the following:

Do you know your neighbor?: in circle, with one person in middle. All people in circle have a designated spot (mark with shoe or piece of tape). Middle person asks anyone in circle if he/she knows neighbors (persons on either side). Person in circle introduces neighbors to middle persons and then says, ”But I don’t know anyone.wearing blue jeans.” Anyone wearing blue jeans must leave spot in circle and find new spot, while middle person tries to grab a spot for self. One person will be left over and takes over middle spot. Can use any attributes ”.I don’t know anyone.wearing contacts, who doesn’t play tennis, from the Midwest, etc.”

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Team Building Excersises: Problem Solving Activities

problem_solving2.jpgToday we present you Problem Solving Activities, that are often used in team building process.

ALL ABOARD: The object of the game is to get all of the people in the group onto the board. (Can either use a poster board or a wood board, etc.) Everyone must have at least one foot on the board. HINT: Try not to give solutions, but tell them to listen to other’s ideas. You may enlarge or decrease the size of the board, depending on degree of challenge you would like.

SCISSORS: Split the group into small groups of any number you would like and have each group sit in a circle. The first person starts by turning to the person to his/her right and saying, “I am passing these scissors to you….” (And they fill in either “crossed” or “open.” The phrase they choose to end with depends on whether their legs are crossed or open. Fortsätt läsa

What are your perceptions of teambuilding activities?

teambuildingactiv.jpg”What are your perceptions of ”teambuilding” activities?What kind of teambuilding activities have you been subject to at the work place? Which ones were successful, or not-so-successful, and why?” – these questions were asked to people, who ever had participated in team building activities. Here are their answers:

Randy R
Senior IT Analyst

”I’ll second Amy and Stephen’s comments and add a little story about a team building exercise I participated in a few years back.
The manager of the group would regularly do little team building exercises every few months as part of some large group meetings we would hold for strategic planning. She seemed to be Fortsätt läsa