Team Building: Let’s change what this can look like…
By Brush | Oct. 31, 2018
Team building…the term can incite many different feelings. Fun, Boring, Mundane, Necessary, Unnecessary… Depending on your background, occupation, industry and other varying factors, you may have a certain view on what you might see when invited/forced to attend one of these events.
In our experience, having worked in corporate america for a combined 25+ years, we’ve seen it all. From fun and exciting rope swing and problem solving events, to all-day workshops and lectures with stale bagels and the traditional pineapple/melon/strawberry fruit plate…we done it.
Now, let me tell you, it doesn’t have to be the latter scenario.
Some of the best examples of Team-Building gone right are the following:
- Escape Room + Interactive Problem Solving
- While there’s never truly any danger or impending doom, these environments can actually tell you a lot about yourself, your co-workers and the many talents that various members of your team can bring to the table.
- Digital “Detox” Retreats
- These can be pretty difficult to pull off (especially if your business lives heavily in the digital space), but can be fantastic in illustrating to employees the value of human communication and contact and how much can be accomplished when we remove the small digital distractions from our lives (people, on average, look at their phones 47 times per day).
- Competitive Gameshow/Gamification
- Leader boards, Competition and Trivia…Combine all 3 of these and you have a recipe for a team-building event that can uncover all sorts of talents, passions and potential workflows you might have never known possible. We execute similar events here at Brush and one of the main factors that makes these events a success is that whether someone is introverted or extroverted, we all like to win. And if you’re able to provide enough variation in tasks and activities that appeal to every type of personalty (e.g. DiSC profile, CliftonStrenghts, etc.), you end up with an event that caters to all participants and naturally informs your employees about what makes each member of their team tick.
The message at the end of the day is that we can all do better. In addition to that, while every team-building event can’t be perfect for everyone, the more customization an event can have, the better. Once you start taking into consideration the backgrounds, skill sets, interests and basic info about your audience into consideration, the amount of fun and engagement your team has during the event WILL GO UP TENFOLD!
Please let us know if we can ever be of help in lining up your next team-building event and happy planning!
Jenn + Chris Todd