Seven Team Building Activities That Actually Build Stronger Teams

Bonusly

Here’s how we react when we hear about strong teams: ?? Here’s how we react when we hear about “team building activities”: ??. Team building activities can be awkward. Jump straight to our list of team building activities.

3 Virtual Team Building Activities to Help Improve Remote Worker Engagement

OmegaHR Solutions

Lack of nonverbal communication cues, limited opportunities to build relationships and absence of camaraderie and rapport are some of the most common challenges in virtual work environments, an RW3 report says. Another option is attending sporting events or other special events as a company.

Employee Engagement Strategies (worksheet included!): Improve Communication With A Fun Team Building Activity

EngagementMultiplier

With the two branches of our Engagement Multiplier team based in Chicago and the UK, the entire company had never actually been in the same room until recently. And we kick-started our group effort with a full day of team building activities led by Shannon Waller , a Kolbe Certified Consultant and Strategic Coach presenter, speaker and coach. Her expertise is in getting teams to work seamlessly together. First, we did our own office team building exercise.

35 Insanely Fun Team Building Activities For Work (“Trust Falls” Not Included)

SnackNation

35 Insanely Fun Team Building Activities For Work (“Trust Falls” Not Included). Believe it or not, team building activities for work are critically important to the success of your business. Go team! Team Hike.

5 Ways to Stop Undermining Team Building in 2016

Unicorn HRO

The new year is a perfect time to review your current team building strategies and ensure that you are choosing the best techniques. Below are 5 of the most common mistakes that should be avoided, as they undermine the team building effort. Lack of Clear Objective There are a large variety of team building strategies available, and many organizations make the mistake of choosing the strategy before they have determined what it is that they want to achieve.

child care expenses from team-building retreat, race questions on job applications, and more

Ask a Manager

Child care reimbursement for a weekend-long team-building retreat. I work for a company that has a team-building retreat one weekend a year. In that time, we have two substantive meetings of about 2.5 The rest of the time is spent at spas, wineries, shopping, golfing, etc. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend, but children are not allowed. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

4 Ways Great Leaders Can Overcome Company Scarcity Issues

Decision-Wise

There may not be enough time to develop those immediately below you. While in many cases, it’s appropriate to expect flawless results, the reality is that, many times, the time effort it takes to get that last five percent right far outweighs the value derived from that effort.

my boss wants us to work late for no reason, inviting spouses to team-building events, and more

Ask a Manager

My boss has told my two salaried coworkers on more than one occasion that she wants to see them working late more often (like she does), even while admitting that they get everything done on time and their work is excellent. International team-building events where spouses aren’t invited. What is your feeling on out-of-country “team building” where spouses are not invited? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

Human Resources in the Zombie Apocalypse

Workology

Society is falling apart around you, zombies are roaming the earth, and you’re stuck weathering this hell with a random group of yahoos. Let’s talk leadership and team building in the zombie apocalypse. The Team Is More than the Leader. HR crisis team building

How REA Group nurtures a learning culture

CultureAmp

One of REA Group’s values is ‘Inspire It’. How can you motivate and inspire the people around you, not necessarily just the people who report to you, but your peers in the entire organization,” explains Barb Hyman, Executive General Manager of People and Culture at REA Group.

How to encourage good teamwork habits with behavioural nudges

Saberr

Once these behaviours have been identified, focus on them one at a time and consider the most simple way to encourage good habits. Can we apply the same theory to our work to create high performing teams? How can we apply nudges to improve team performance?

How REA Group nurtures a learning culture

CultureAmp

One of REA Group’s values is ‘Inspire It’. How can you motivate and inspire the people around you, not necessarily just the people who report to you, but your peers in the entire organization,” explains Barb Hyman, Executive General Manager of People and Culture at REA Group.

How to plan a successful small group retreat

Fast Company The Future of Work

In the past, I’ve made it a priority to at least do a mini-retreat with one other freelancer, but this year, I was able to organize my first small group retreat. Making a small group retreat happen, however, is no small or simple task. Staying in a large house with multiple bedrooms turned out to be a great option for my small group retreat, as it was a relaxed, cozy environment. Schedule time for people to be alone. Arrange a time to cook a meal together.

WorkHuman 2018: A team that plays together, stays together

Globoforce

This year, we’re challenging you— Globoforce is offering a special group rate for WorkHuman 2018 attendees to bring their entire team to recharge and connect at the HR thought-leadership conference of the year in Austin, Texas, from April 2 to 5. The end of the year is approaching.

Chatting with hubEngage about Employee Engagement and Company Culture

Get Hppy

Here are some of the highlights: If someone were to say to you, “Whenever someone mentions a ‘positive workplace culture,’ it’s just a code-phrase for encouraging people to walk around being annoyingly cheery at all times,” how might you respond?

Re-energize your workforce: 13 easy ways to get employees engaged

HR Morning

What manager wouldn’t love to walk into the office each morning to a group of smiling, eager employees, ready to take on the day? . Every time a new project comes up, take the extra time to thoroughly explain all the details and answer questions – the result is always worth your while.

How to manage a multi-generational workforce

Ceridian

Look around your office and you’ll see colleagues, team members and employees of all ages. These groups though, have different expectations and needs when it comes to their jobs and management styles. Focus on the individual, not the group.

12 budget-friendly team bonding activities for your business

Insperity

Team bonding activities can be an effective strategy for building a strong, cohesive workforce. Although working together may give your employees a glimpse into their coworkers’ personalities and work styles, it doesn’t always foster the team dynamic that bonding activities can help you build – company-wide. Extreme or embarrassing activities like this have given team building a bad name in some circles. Tailor activities to your team bonding goals.

4 Ways of Improving Communication in the Workplace

Bonfyre

Whether it’s instant messaging, Facebook groups, or other technology, employees find ways to communicate with one another on their own. With social technology, employers can create groups for employees to connect and chat. You may unsubscribe from these communications at any time.

5 Steps to the Ultimate Office Retreat

FingerCheck

The phrase “company retreat” often comes attached with a stigma of corny song-singing and boring group exercises and drills. Another should be oriented toward team building or collaboration, such as helping the group better understand each other’s talents and mesh together.

3 Key Ingredients for an Effective Work Retreat

Tsheets

While beneficial (conferences, for example, usually include a lot of skill-sharpening, speech-attending, and networking), travel can often call for early mornings and late nights. Any additional, unstructured time to relax and connect with others must be painstakingly carved out.

How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Drive Employee Engagement

Achievers

This can feel exciting and terrifying at the same time. Our studies show it accounts for more than 85 percent of star performance in top leaders.” – Hay Group. Aimee Lucas, Vice President at Temkin Group, presenting at ACE 2016. This is all the more true for great team leaders.

50 of the Best Interview Questions to Assess Cultural Fit

Rise

When was the last time you made a big mistake at work? Describe the best/worst team-building exercise you have ever participated in. What kind of events do you attend outside of work hours? How would you describe your group of friends?

Every HR and TA Tech Vendor Should Go To @SHRM National for this One Reason! #SHRM

The Tim Sackett Project

I’ve been a part of the blogger team at many. If I was advising HR and TA Technology vendor teams (oh wait, I do) I would tell them to take their product teams to SHRM National and make them go to sessions, meet real HR people, walk the expo and observe and listen, and invite a group of customers to dinner or drinks. For the most part, most teams building HR and TA technology are not and have never been HR or TA practitioners.

my team’s holiday parties are rather feeble

Ask a Manager

I attended, but about half of the department did not. I and another employee got there about 10 minutes after the starting time, and all the food was gone. Then there was the time our staff assistant arranged another potluck in a conference room. There have been complaints and lackluster attendance at previous ones, apparently no real push to schedule something the last three years when there wasn’t anything, and a general lack of interest.

when going to a nude sauna with coworkers, what do I do about nipple piercings? … and other questions

Ask a Manager

If you don’t want people to know about the piercings at all, you’d need to either remove them ahead of time (which might be impractical if they close up as quickly as people say they do) or skip the nude sauna. HR will then group like comments and the large problems sift to the top. It is only my role to be a non-biased facilitator to gather data and help the group develop a few focus areas where gaps are. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

Recruitment and Induction Process Best-Practices

EmployeeConnect

For myself, I personally want the best in food (I’ve attended the Sydney Night Noodle Markets recently to test this out). Similar to how I went out to find the best by attending the night markets, how you can find the best is by finding the best recruitment and induction strategy for your organisation. By ensuring that the strategy is fair, un-biased and fault-free in nature, it’ll enable your company to recruit the right people, at the right time, in the right place.

Blindfolding Your Bias: How to Make Diversity an HR Staple

Namely

At the time, orchestras were mostly made up of male musicians, so a few orchestras began to conduct blind auditions—where the musician performed behind a screen—which forced the casting directors to rely solely on what they heard. Whealon finds that diverse groups lead to the best results.

How to Deliver Stand-Out Employee Training and Development

Insperity

As long as you have a room large enough to accommodate your group of employees, typically, you only need to hire one trainer. Learning in a group environment boosts individual and team knowledge, refines processes and provides an excellent team building opportunity.

5 Actionable Ways to Build Great Work Relationships & Improve Company Culture

Zenefits

Good work relationships have been identified as a key building-block of a strong company culture. Learning how relationships influence employees and company culture helps business leaders better model and encourage relationship-building within their own organizations. As a business leader, you’re in a unique position to model the relationship-building and communication style you want to see within your organization. 5 Ways to Build Great Work Relationships.

Other Titles for Office Managers: Tell the World What You Really Do

SnackNation

Many of these ideas came straight from our Facebook group of Office Managers! Join the group here. They show up on time, and they rarely have to cancel. On Wednesday, he helped organize a focus group for Marketing’s latest concept.

5 Company Retreat Ideas That Won’t Break Your Budget

Zenefits

The team bonding that occurs when your company interacts outside of office doors is invaluable in building strong teams, and in turn, a strong company. While we agree that taking an entire team away to a tropical island isn’t in most of our budgets, there are ways to host a company excursion that won’t hurt your bottom line. Continue reading for 5 company retreat ideas that you can get started on planning for your team today. .

The Only Corporate Event Planning Checklist You’ll Ever Need

SnackNation

Conflicts with city-wide events (If an annual marathon closes major city roads during your event time frame, you might want to choose a different city.). Flight availability and cost (Use Google Flights to do a quick price scan for tickets to the city during your time frame.

I don’t like writing as a team, I’m embarrassed about photos of me used in work materials, and more

Ask a Manager

My team writes collaboratively, and my brain doesn’t work that way. My team often schedules meetings to sit around a table and talk through writing something. Is this a weird quirk of the group I am in, or is this something that I should work at? Truly, writing with a group is hell on earth and should be banned.). They also sent some of them for the event organizers to put in their literature and the write-ups about each of company in attendance.

5 Budget-Friendly Ideas for Launching an Employee Learning and Development Program

Zenefits

The great news about zeroing in on employee learning and development is that there are plentiful resources to get you started that can suit your team size, budget, and time restraints. As an employer, when you provide the opportunity to do so, you signal prioritization of your team’s growth. It may take time for employees to absorb new processes, but once they’ve made it through that curve, their excitement and engagement will be palpable. Crowdsource your team.