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Team Building Ideas

Sometimes a company needs to collectively take a break and give its hard-working employees the chance to unwind. Once people get to know each other on a personal level, rather than through the veneer of professionalism and office politics, it can often become easier to work with one another on a day to day basis. And a shared experience can do wonders in terms of bringing people together.

But what sort of day will everyone appreciate? In most companies, there’s such a variety of individuals that it can be hard to cater to everyone’s tastes. It may be the case that some of the typical team building activities you would assume everyone would enjoy may be unsuitable, or perhaps make some members of staff feel uncomfortable. Nothing is worse than putting the effort into a special day for everyone to enjoy, only to find that no one seems to be having a particularly good time.

That’s why it is important to assess all the options available to the company. Decide on a rough budget and shop around to see what’s available. Failing to do this could lead to an embarrassing moment at a later stage, when you realise you’ve missed out on a truly memorable team-building opportunity.

When it comes to deciding which activity to do there are certain “go to” activities that seem to work well in most office situations. One modern classic is paint balling. A company can organise themselves into teams (or death squads), pick up their weapons and get either as tactical or as Rambo as they like. Cue rudimentary military sign language and terrible Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions. Usually there will be a variety of scenarios to play through, such as sieges, capture the flag and sometimes even historic reenactments.

But sometimes the idea of paint balling won’t appeal to certain members of a team. For a more refined day out, a team cookery session can be a great activity, and usually an activity that is universally liked by the group. Corporate days are available for almost all styles of cookery, from traditional English to Thai. This is great way to get teams to gel, whilst simultaneously broadening their culinary horizons.

There are also a variety of rather more unorthodox corporate days that have emerged in recent times. Smoothie making, sumo suit wrestling and even spy days are becoming increasingly popular. Whether you decide to go with a tried and tested day, or something more unusual, team building is an essential part of modern office life.

Allowing for a properly bonded team to form doesn’t make sense only from a HR perspective, but also from a financial one. Studies have shown that people working in offices built on good relationships are actually more productive, with a lower staff turnover.

Team building days are not the only way to build office relationships, but they should form a part of a business’s overall strategy to keep staff happy.

Team Building Ideas; If You Want To Build A Powerful Team Full Of Momentum And Drive, Then Read This Guide To Discover Great Icebreakers, Team Building ... Exercises, And More (English Edition)


  • Author: James B. Tipton
  • Binding: Versión Kindle
  • Format: eBook Kindle
  • Languages: Name: Inglés; Type: Publicado
  • Number Of Pages: 22
  • Product Group: Libro digital
  • Product Type Name: ABIS_EBOOKS
  • Publication Date: 2012-07-19
  • Release Date: 2012-07-19
  • Title: Team Building Ideas; If You Want To Build A Powerful Team Full Of Momentum And Drive, Then Read This Guide To Discover Great Icebreakers, Team Building ... Exercises, And More (English Edition)

Implementing Service Awards for Employees: What Not To Do

Service awards for employees are employee milestones with the company that should be celebrated. It’s not an option for a company to have an award like this, it’s a requirement. This is the award that shows that the company appreciates the time and the contribution the employees have made as they stayed on and grew with the company.

Here are some the things to avoid doing when implementing this award program:

* Years ago, companies only handed out service awards for employees for the employees’ 10th or 25th year. That is unacceptable now. Most companies begin the recognition on the employee’s 5th year; and then on the 10th year, 15th year, 20th year and so on. There are even some companies that recognize service on the third year of the employee’s stay with the company.

* Do not forget to celebrate the employee’s contribution to the company along with the years of service. Communicate this to the entire organization with a public celebration.

* You don’t have to spend too much on a lavish event for this award program. It can be a dinner to celebrate the employee milestones or it can be a part of a big event in the company like the anniversary. The more important aspect to remember about implementing an award like this is to be able to convey the company’s sincerity and gratitude. This will be able to do more in boosting employee morale and motivation than any kind of lavish event.

* Avoid making it seem like the award is for just showing up to work. Focus on the contributions and the employees’ skills.

* Don’t give the impression that the award is inconsistent and that it depends only on whims of the bosses. Make sure that you convey to the entire organization that the award is fair, objective and transparent. And make sure that it’s consistent. Follow the rules or criteria set for the awards at all times. Hold the awarding ceremony at a consistent period or date.

* Don’t implement an award program like this that operates in a void. It should be connected to other award programs and they should all share common objectives. Begin with the company’s goals. From these company goals, you should have a holistic motivation strategy that has goals that are tied to the company’s goals. And then from the goals of the motivation strategy, build the goals of the other award programs. Other awards programs that you can consider including in your motivation strategy are Employee of the Week or Month or Year, Instant Recognition or Spot Recognition, Peer Recognition, Employee Referrals, Birthday or Special Occasion Awards and Safety Recognition.

* Don’t forget to use both public and private components to the service awards for employees. A public component includes the official announcement, which should be accessible to everyone across the organization, and the awarding ceremony. An example of a private component would be the company’s top executive or executives personally congratulating the employees. Adding a personal touch like this, which should be a simple and sincere gesture, can go a long way towards conveying the right message and helping make the reward program more effective.