Teamwork is defined as the combined action of a group of people, especially when effective and efficient. It’s an individual’s commitment to a group effort that makes a team work. A company’s success is often determined by how well the team performs together.
If each individual does not work well together, your team will not succeed. At BEST we know the importance of teamwork. We offer activities that build just that.
There are several ways to inspire and motivate your team. This is the job of many leaders, including sports coaches, department managers, and mentors. Communication and encouragement are key to motivating an individual or an entire team. Many leaders have given such motivation speeches in the past, that parts of their speech have been repeated and remembered for years to follow.
For example, you may have heard of the infamous line like “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. This was a quote by Wayne Gretzky, former Canadian hockey player, and head coach. A successful leader is one who can spark his or her team members to work well together toward a common vision and goals.
We’ve compiled a page on our website dedicated to teamwork quotes. These might be useful to encourage employees to strive to work better as a team. These quotes about team building and teamwork will inspire your employees. Scan through and maybe one of these will help you with your team! Team building quotes are a great way to start or end a team meeting. Visit our page here!
Although team building brings many benefits to companies and their employees, there are also a lot of misconceptions. More often than not when people hear the words “team building” they are taken back. At first, people might think it’s a waste of time; it can be dangerous, stupid or boring. They think they will be forced to do something out of their comfort zone. The truth is though when team building is done correctly, it can be one of the most important things that companies can do for their teams.
A company’s primary focus is generally keeping their clients happy. But it is also essential to make sure their employees aren’t forgotten and appreciated. Without their valuable hard work, there wouldn’t be any clients. Team building is one-way companies can show their appreciation, as well as give their employees morale a boost. In the end, it will help make the company more successful overall.
When choosing a team building activity, there are a couple of factors that should be taken into consideration. One is the physical capabilities of each of its employees. Some team building activities are more high-energy and physical than others. Team building is also a good time to keep in mind if there is a particular goal that you want to achieve with the activity. Such as strengthening relationships between employees and bringing new people together.
Another advantage is team building can help create camaraderie within the group. This can be important for companies which are spread out nationwide, worldwide or for employees who work remotely at home. When an opportunity arises for all members of the team to come together, the company can accomplish a lot. A team building activity can assist teams to collaborate with those that they may have never had the opportunity to interact with in the past.
Getting everyone out of the office environment is another excellent aspect of team building. Depending on the activity chosen, team building can be very versatile. Most of Best Corporate Event’s activities can easily be facilitated in a hotel ballroom, conference center, beach or a park. The possibilities are almost endless!
Did you know that January 4th is National Trivia Day? Did you also know that the word “trivia” is plural for the word trivium? Trivium means “place where three roads meet”. From the Latin word “tri” which means three and “via” which means road. According to Dictionary.com the word “trivia” means: “matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities.”
How National Trivia Day came about isn’t entirely known, there are some speculations, as well as known facts, that are believed to have helped bring about its existence. One of the speculations is that the day was created by a man named Robert L. Birch. He wanted to “raise awareness of how trivia contributes to the development of human curiosity”. Whether or not this is true is not entirely known.
One of the facts is that on February 5th, 1965 Columbia University published a trivia game in their weekly newspaper. This inspired two of the schools students, Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky. They created and conducted trivia contests between different schools. Later on they wrote a book together called “Trivia” which made it to the New York Times Best Seller list. Another fact is that in 1979, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, created the game Trivial Pursuit. It became a registered trademark in 1981. By 1984 over 20 million games had been sold, and by 2014 there were over 50 special editions.
Think you’re a trivia wiz? Then why not put you and your groups knowledge to the test with our Game Show Mania or Game Show Feud! We provide state-of-the-art podiums, microphones, extra-large buttons, scoring and real game-like visuals and sound effects. We even have multiple buzzers to ensure that everyone in your group is fully engaged! With questions that range from World History, to Pop Culture there will surely be something for everyone!
Best Corporate Events Game Show’s are a perfect activity for motivating employees or as a networking event. No matter how many points are on the scoreboard, you can be confident that you will score BIG with your team!
The dynamic of the workplace has changed a lot in the past years. People are no longer used to working in an office for 8 hours and then going home. They need something more than that to be productive. Businesses are now embracing an open, flexible, and collaborative way of working. Therefore, they encourage employees to speak their mind, come up with new ideas, and contribute to the success of the business. Furthermore, a cohesive team will always perform better than individuals performing their tasks separately. Thus, if you want to move your business forward and keep your employees motivated, then you need to promote teambuilding in the workplace.
This article is going to show why it is essential to offer your teams teambuilding activities.
What’s the Role of Teambuilding in The Workplace?Better Communication Amongst The Team
A flexible workplace is great as it allows the team to work whenever they want, from any location they want. How great would that be to have the opportunity to work on your projects from the comfort of your home or with a stunning view in front of you? However, modern and flexible workplaces present a serious risk which is lack of communication. When people are not sitting in the same office, they might tend to forget how to communicate with each other.
Team building comes as a solution to this problem as it gets the team together. When you offer team building sessions in the workplace, you give the opportunity for different departments to connect. For example, office-based employees will meet the remote workers in person. Therefore, team building allows your employees to have fun but also gives them the opportunity to discuss with each other current projects they are working on face to face. Together they can solve some of the most stressful tasks.
Better Relationship Between Manager and Employee
Team building activities are an opportunity for management and employees to interact in a less formal atmosphere. It often shows a different side of each of their personalities. In a modern workplace, it is very important that respect and trust go both ways between the employee and their manager and vice versa. Therefore, a team building activity gets them out of the working protocol and allows them to show their human face.
During team buildings, the managers get a chance to know their employees better as they will see how they react in a more relaxed and fun environment. The more time the managers spend with their teams during a team building, the better their relationship will evolve. Employees will gain more trust in their managers, and it will become easier for them to speak to them one on one and talk about their ideas for the business. What is more, during a team building, managers might discover a hidden talent of their employees which they can then use for a new project.
Caring for The Company’s Culture
Businesses have started to focus more and more on creating a strong workplace culture. When you say culture, you think of the company’s vision, mission, ethics, and personality. Apart from the products and services it offers, the employees are the biggest asset a company could have. They are also responsible for transmitting the company’s values to the outside world. Team building is the perfect way to motivate your employees and boost their morale.
By organizing team buildings, you will reinforce the company’s culture and show your employees how much you care about their wellbeing. In addition, by engaging your employees in team building activities and strengthening your company’s culture, you will retain and attract the top talents on the market. Thus, by developing a solid and healthy culture, and working with the best employees in your industry, you have no other option than success.
The team working at Trust My Paper is using team buildings to enhance the members’ creativity. Why? By creating a fun and relaxed environment for your employees will help them think outside of their normal routine. There are many jobs which require high creativity skills, which puts employers in a difficult situation as they need to continually find innovative ways to help their teams find their inspiration sources.
What is more, when meeting other team members, employees can share fresh ideas and develop their problem-solving skills. In addition, team building breaks any barriers that could exist among team members. This is a great opportunity for them to start trusting each other more which will also have a positive impact on their creativity score.
Overall, team building can help with everything from trust, collaborating, and maximizing the potential of your team members. A team building event can transform a team into a unified group which can than translates into increased productivity and improved trust between employees and their managers.
Article by Marie Fincher
Marie Fincher is a digital content director at Trust My Paper company with a background in marketing, technology, and business intelligence. She frequently writes about data science, BI, new marketing trends and branding strategies. Marie gradually changed her focus from working in marketing to writing about it.
We now offer Program-Pairings, perfect for a full-day experience! These programs complement one another, with the second program reinforcing the lessons learned in the first program. Pair your two favorite programs for a FULL DAY of meaningful and high-level learning!
Escape Smart Hunt® and Corporate Survivor
In this competitive 2-part series, points earned and the items found during the fun and exploratory Smart Hunt will be directly transferred to Corporate Survivor! Will you be in the lead going into the afternoon showdown or will your team showcase survivor comeback skills and steal the day (and the gold medals!)?
Bridge to the Future™ and Build-a-Green Machine
What’s better than having your team build an amazing cardboard and duct tape bridge which visually represents the goals and future aspirations of the organization? By following that up with building a small fleet of Green Machines and racing them around the room and over the bridge while vying for gold medals! While the bridge will need to be strong enough to support the entire group for pictures, the Green machines will be donated to a local non-profit organization for children in need!!
Team Olympics and Game Show Mania
Do you have a group that loves direct No-Holds-Barred competition? Then we have a double dose of “Bragging Rights for the rest of the year” right here! Start with an Olympic-style event replete with relay races and assorted beach or field activities. Now take the points that each team earned and move it indoors for the cerebral challenge of the infamous Game Show Mania! Can your team demonstrate the physical AND mental prowess necessary to win the gold medals and championship status!? GAME ON!!
Speed Networking and Total Recall
Imagine a fun and fast-paced rotating table-top activity session which will have each participant interacting and enjoying the company of their associates while getting to know each other better. Now those team members become part of a competitive project. In a communication skills showdown, teams must figure out how to replicate an existing pre-assembled structure which only one of their team members can actually see!
Time Management and Igniting Team Performance™
Going beyond a typical “classroom style” experience, our energetic and experienced facilitators will create a fun and interactive environment while imparting numerous tips on key topics such as efficiency, handling urgent matters, and pre-planning as lessons for participants to apply to their work day. Followed by a rich and interactive experience with activities which challenge the group and showcase high-performing team attributes including goal setting, role clarification, and meeting management.
Please note, these are samples of programs we recommend pairing. Many other Program Pairings can be created to suit your group’s goals and objectives.
Social media is everywhere and has expanded the means for communication personally and in business. You can connect with family, friends and classmates socially or prospective clients and current customers on a professional level.
Businesses use social media to build their brands and increase visibility in the marketplace. Social media websites and applications allow its users to create and share content. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are just a few examples of the platforms that will enable you to create content that is informative sending a message or idea to its readers.
At Best Corporate Events we know the importance of social media. And if you are not following our pages already, here is a good reminder of our account names and why you will want follow us!
Did you know Facebook adds 500,000 new users every day and six new profiles every second? It is said that 68% of Americans are on Facebook. The average user spends 35 minutes on Facebook a day. Check out our page at @BestCorporateEvents. Here is where we share pictures of our day to day events, new ideas to motivate your team and client reviews. Like and comment on our posts, so we know what you like to see. You might see your group event pictures posted on there next! Share our post with your friends and let them know how much you enjoyed your team building program with Best Corporate Events. Each Facebook users has an average of 155 friends, so like our page and be one of closest friends.
There are 800 million Monthly Active Users on Instagram. Wow! Over 95 million photos are uploaded each day. Follow our profile @bestcorporateevents for fun behind the scene look at what’s happening at our corporate office. Instagram is where we might share our production team loading up the truck for its next large event or maybe a boomerang video of what we are doing to celebrate a birthday in the office. There are 4.2 billion Instagram Likes per day, and more than 40 billion photos have been shared. Get signed up and follow us.
Are you on LinkedIn? LinkedIn has 500 million members! Be sure to follow Best Corporate Events and our CEO, Scott Flynn. The average CEO has 930 LinkedIn connections, and Scott can’t wait to connect with you. On LinkedIn is where you will find articles about team building, the latest conference, convention and hotel news, and industry updates.
On Twitter, your username is called your “handle.” The Best Corporate Events handle is @BestCorpEvents. Since opening our account just a couple of years ago, we’ve tweeted 685 times. Our Tweets include fun articles, informative travel stories and sometimes just funny daily memes on holidays, seasonal happenings and more. There are said to be a total of 1.3 billion accounts, so follow our mind right away and don’t miss all the fun.
So whether you are an active user on social media or creating your first account today, search for Best Corporate Events and get all the latest news on team building.
Since the beginning of time people have been involved with taking a team picture. Remember picture day at school? Your parents would dress you in your best attire and made sure your hair was styled perfectly. From your early years to your graduation from high school or college, each year in school was documented and remembered with your yearly picture.
Team pictures began with taking a picture with your childhood extracurricular activities. Whether it be with your first ballet class to your tee ball team. Team pictures have been captured since the beginning. They still continue even after entering your career. Companies often schedule picture day to capture their team as a group. Knowing how much companies love pictures of their team, we’ve developed the easiest and most fun way to do this during our team building programs.
You get all the pictures!
Best Corporate Events offers over 20+ iPad driven programs where your team can capture all the fun they are having at their event. Thanks to the high-tech app we’ve developed, a variety of our programs come with iPad driven technology that is used throughout the event. And best of all, we provide the iPads!
Our iPad app is a combination of sightseeing, gaming, and laughter and can be delivered anywhere in North America. Teams have fun capturing the activities and different challenges. Our ever-popular City SmartHunt® is the perfect event for companies who want their group to explore a fun city. Your group will experience the cool interactive features of our SmartHunts app on Apple® iPads®. The app utilizes text messaging, audio, video, FaceTime®, social media, QR codes, and GPS with built-in mapping to produce the coolest hunts ever! Teams will discover landmarks, parks, and museums all while taking photos and videos during the hunt.
Bike Build Donation® is our most popular charitable team building programs. Teams build bikes for less fortunate kids in the community. It’s also one of our programs that involve iPads where team members can capture all the fun and save the memories for years to come. We now offer two new versions of our famous Bike Build Donation® building bikes for kids of all ages. Tricycles for young children ages 1 to 5 years old and 26” Cruisers for teens ages 13 and up. At the end of the program, companies might capture a team picture with members of the charitable organization who attend the event to accept the donations.
At the conclusion of the event, we will email a link to your company contact that will contain all the team pictures, scores, and videos from your participating teams!
Today is Senior Citizen Day where we are reminded of the hardworking generations that came before us. Best is dedicated to offering over 17 CSR charitable team building programs; two of which help senior citizens!
Our CSR team building programs feature group activities designed to boost team spirit while giving back to the community. These uplifting events include activities, games, and challenges. The events result in the creation of items for donation to local and national charities. These charities are for the benefit of overseas soldiers, schools, the homeless, children, the elderly, and Alzheimer’s patients – to name a few.
Seniors by the numbers
Most people define “senior citizen” as a person over the age of 65. In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old. By 2000 that number had tripled to nearly 600 million. By 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 1 billion older persons.
Seniors have a wealth of knowledge gained through their hard work and years of experience. They are a valuable asset to our community. It is our pleasure in offering programs that give back and help so many seniors in need.
A couple of featured programs
Our first featured program is Project Alzheimers™. Designed to help people living with Alzheimer’s, this program reawakens their souls through listening to their favorite music. Your group will compete in a fun competition which enables them to earn points. The points help them to earn MP3 players and other items to be donated to the elderly. Local organizations receive the donations and are trained on how to set up the on MP3 players for those in their care. As the team’s gain points, other items earned include headphones, knot blanket kits, stuffed animal kits, markers, and all the tools necessary to complete the care packages.
Donating items that can change people’s quality of life will touch your group’s hearts and elevate morale. Our give back programs create lasting memories that are captured on Apple iPads we provide. Following the event, we share a link that includes all the photos and videos captured on the iPads!
Another popular program that helps seniors is our Build-a-Wheelchair®. Build-a-Wheelchair® is a corporate social responsibility program born out of a desire to help American veterans and others with various mobility challenges. In this fun and worthwhile program, groups use teamwork skills and iPads® activities to earn the materials necessary to assemble, test and decorate these new wheelchairs for donation.
The most special part of our CSR programs is at the end when someone from the charity comes to the event in person to accept the donations. It is an excellent opportunity hearing about each of the organizations and learning more about the recipients that we help.
So next time your company is looking for ways to participate in #SeniorCitizensDay, choose a team building program that boosts team spirits while helping others. Show your support and appreciation to seniors in the community and participate in a CSR charitable event.
Leadership is probably not what people think of when they hear the words Disney movie. They more than likely have a brief flashback to when they were younger and the many loved characters. Disney movies are well loved. They are a popular choice among both children and adults alike. Not only are they entertaining, but they also contain valuable lessons that can be used in all aspects of life; from personal to business. One of these lessons is how to be a great leader.
Leaders play a prominent role in many Disney movies, and they often show that leaders don’t always fit into one specific mold. They can come in all shapes and sizes. One such film is The Lion King; it is filled with many examples of both good and bad leadership.
Leaders Come In All Sizes
From the very beginning of the movie, it is made clear that Mufasa, the King of the Jungle, is a great leader. Animals, ranging from the smallest to the largest, gather together to greet his newborn son, Simba. In a realistic situation, this would not happen, mainly because the majority of these animals are the lion’s natural prey. But by showing the assembling of different animals allows the viewers to see that these animals respect Mufasa because he respects them. He has gained their trust.
As Joseph Lalonde writes, “Great leaders inspire people to action and to honor their leadership. The honor is given willingly. The honor is not forced.” This is exactly what Mufasa has done.
Once Simba is a bit older Mufasa explains to him that everything is connected through the Circle of Life. All creatures, no matter their size, are essential in helping maintain the balance of the land. A great leader will always appreciate and understand that everyone has an important role to play to keep their business running.
When Mufasa saves Simba from the elephant graveyard, he doesn’t punish him, instead, Mufasa uses it as a learning opportunity. He explains to Simba that his choice was a dangerous one and that it could have ended very badly. By telling Simba this, he is giving him the chance to learn from his mistakes and not repeat them. Part of being a great leader means accepting the fact that people will make mistakes, but also give them the chance to learn from them.
A Bad Leader
Scar is an excellent example of a bad leader, he uses terrible and conniving tactics to become the king and later places the blame on the hyenas when things go terribly wrong. A bad leader will never take responsibility for the problems that they’ve created, nor will they be willing to help fix them.
During Scar’s reign, the land gradually becomes greyer and bleeker. A complete opposite from the thriving and colorful land that existed when Mufasa was king. Animals that once roamed freely and happily either moved on to greener lands or have been eaten, thus resulting in the land turning barren. It is clear that the honor and trust that Mufasa had gained did not exist for Scar, there was only fear.
Scar only wanted the power of being king; he didn’t care about anything or anyone else. This is one of the many reasons why his kingship failed. A great leader knows that without an appreciated and happy team, his business will not succeed.
At first, it is uncertain if Simba will ever be capable of becoming a great leader like his father. As a cub, he doesn’t fully grasp the responsibilities of being king, thinking only of the freedom it will give him. He also takes a step towards becoming a poor leader when he believes Scar was telling him that it was his fault that his father died.
Instead of facing the consequences he runs away and hides in the jungle. Great leaders will own up to their mistakes, not cower in fear when something goes wrong.
Simba does begin to redeem himself when he befriends Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog. They put their trust in him, hoping that he won’t eat them, and this trust creates a lasting friendship. Not only does he treat them as equals, but they also work together as a partnership. This is one of the lessons that Mufasa had taught him. Everyone is important. By doing this Simba is taking a vital step towards becoming a great leader.
Years later he is found by Nala, his childhood best friend, and she reminds him that he must fulfill his duty. At first, Simba is dismissive; he knows all too well that returning to his home would mean confronting his past. Mufasa visits him in a vision, telling him: “You more than what you have become … You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.”
It is not until this moment that Simba realizes and understands that all of the teachings his father had given him are still inside of him. Great leaders may not always be aware of their potential, but when they have people who believe in them, combined with the knowledge they have gained from others, they can accomplish great things.
Simba receives one more push, well it’s actually a knock on the head before he fully accepts the fact that he is ready to become king and face the consequences of his past. Rafiki wisely tells him that: “…. the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or… learn from it.” Simba takes the baboon’s advice to heart. A great leader must be willing to listen and accept help.
As the famous saying goes “the truth will set you free,” and this is proven when Simba returns to Pride Rock and finds out that it was, in fact, Scar who killed his father. Empowered with this new knowledge, Simba can defeat him and take his rightful place as king. A great leader will not stand by and let a bad leader win; they will stand up for what is right.
When a company is led by someone who expects everything in return for nothing, it will not be able to flourish and succeed. But with leaders like Mufasa and Simba who are respectful and appreciative, who give and take advice, and are also willing to listen and learn, a company will be able to thrive.
The six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan must have known how corporate events could benefit employees. He famously stated, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” When businesses are comprised of talented people that have a strong connection to the company culture and contribute to a team. The more success the organization will see. Even to the point where the employees and organization become leaders within their industries.
So, how can you build quality teams that live the corporate culture and genuinely enjoy working and spending time together? Have them participate in activities and events hosted by your company! Corporate events are a great way for employees to feel appreciated and to bring fun into the organizational culture.
Below are several creative corporate event ideas to consider this year.
1. Networking Events
Want your employees to mingle with leaders and others within your specific industry? Whether on a large or small scale, these networking events should be in a comfortable environment where people are willing to open up and build new relationships.
Furthermore, a successful networking event is also providing something worthwhile for the attendees. Whether it’s appetizers, live music or a little bit of entertainment — don’t be afraid to add in some fun to the event. People will be more willing to come to your future networking events.
2. Team Building Activities
Team building programs and activities are an excellent way for coworkers to develop meaningful relationships. These programs can help employees grow individually within their respective careers. Best of all, team building can come in a variety forms and appeal to certain interests. From building bikes and wheelchairs for charity to city scavenger hunts and food truck competitions. There are many programs out there that can be a good fit for a unique team or company.
Get your employees outside of their comfort zone and build confidence.
3. Seminars and Trainings
Looking to boost employee engagement levels? Hosting a seminar/educational event is a great way to help employees develop and grow their skill set. These trainings can help employees with their respective careers. Find influential thought leaders in your industry and invite them to speak. Or find thought leaders in your organization and host a seminar for your local community.
As you plan your seminar, be sure to work out the logistics, including setting goals and objectives. You will want to find the appropriate venue, create a guest list and schedule, and creating time blocks for your speaker(s).
4. Attend a Class
In addition to professional development through training and seminars, you can also take a more entertaining route and participate in a cooking or art class. This is an excellent way to get your employees out of the office. Attending a class will help with developing or refining a certain life skill. Plus, at the end of class, your employees will be rewarded with a tasty meal or finished masterpiece.
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5. Volunteer Day
Did you know that the Millennial workforce enjoys volunteer opportunities at their job? According to a Deloitte Volunteer Impact Survey, they found that Millennials preferred organizations where they can volunteer their skills to the community. Look for volunteer opportunities in your community where employees can take time out of the workday to provide their skills and service to those in need. This can also help your organization in creating and building new relationships within your community.
6. Charity Event
Take your volunteer day up a notch and host a charity event, such as a concert, golf tournament or half marathon. Much like volunteering, it can help create better local relationships by supporting a good cause. Be clear in your goals and be sure to have key marketing strategies in place to help you get the support you need in making the event a success.
Furthermore, hosting a charity event can be tricky, so be prepared for the unexpected and have backup plans in place to help the event run as smoothly as possible.
7. Holiday Party
Lastly, hosting a holiday party is a great way to reward your employees for their hard work throughout the year. Talk with managers and employees to get an idea of what they would like in a holiday party. Companies could also create a party planning committee. Employee input is crucial since you want to host a party that they will enjoy. Like most corporate events, make your event as unique as your company culture.
As 2018 comes and goes, be sure to try out these ideas when looking to host a unique and worthwhile corporate event!
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