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Charity Team Building Creates Real Sense Of Purpose, Camaraderie For Teams

It’s possible to combine the desire to foster better working relationships and camaraderie among staff members with doing good for the community in which the business draws staff, support and customers. Many charities have regular annual drives for support, or themed days which require help to get organized and make a success. What better opportunity for businesses to let their staff bond, while doing something of value. Charity team building activities are an opportunity to make team building real, but still separate that real purpose from the day-to-day office activities and environment. If you’re running an event to try to escape from a room, in a fictional scenario, the team knows it’s all ‘just for fun’ and some, particularly the boomer generation, may even find the whole thing to be of little value, and a waste of time. Getting out into the community and helping real people eliminates a lot of these objections and helps everyone pitch into help people in need, achieving the dual purpose of helping your team and helping a charity much in need of support. The Tennessean reports that the Tennessee Titans football team view their annual Titan Up For Tots charity drive as an essential team building event as well as a great way to support the community. It was also an important way to build bridges and relationships across their entire organization, with...

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Team Building More Important To Millennials Than Boomers, Also Value Culture And Relationships At Work

Peter Gasca, writing for Entrepreneur, points to research by The Go Game as evidence that millennials value culture and relationships at work, and corresponding opportunities to attend team building events as more valuable than previous generations. It is reported to show that 79 percent of millennials felt that such activities boosted retention, and 88 percent felt that it was definitely worthwhile, which compared to much lower figures for boomers with under half believing it helped with staff retention. A big part of this shift is likely due to the move by many team building companies towards providing more modern, and engaging activities such as escape rooms and music themed events which naturally appeal to a generation born in a world where technology takes precedence over rope courses and blindfolds. Of course another factor is that many boomers’ only experience with team building is that staid ropes and blindfolds experience, and many will not have participated in any of the more modern, and engaging events. It would be simplistic to simply blame a change in available activities, however. There are undoubtedly different priorities in different generations, compounded by differences we naturally find between different age groups irrespective of the trends of the era. Human resources professionals need to be very conscious of the make up of their teams and preferences when considering the types of events they propose and organize...

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Can Music Based Team Building Recreate Our Social Partying?

Every weekend, millions of friendships are cemented on the dance floor at clubs in cities all over the world. Friends get together, dance, sing, hug, and bond over their favorite tracks strengthening bonds that can last a lifetime. That’s hardly the feeling most people return from old-fashioned team building activities with. The question is: can music and performing together recreate some of those bonding and fun experiences in corporate team building exercises. Corporate Events company KDM Events, hopes that it can, and according to CIT Magazine is launching a range of team building products centered around performing together either in mime to a music track or even producing an episode of a soap opera as a team. We’re seeing a lot of client interest in these performance-related team building activities as a means of injecting an element of fun, breaking down barriers and generating spontaneous camaraderie amongst groups that could otherwise have taken months to bond. KDM Director, Nicky Whyman With huge audiences being built in miming and performance art site, it’s clear that particularly among the younger demographic there is a lot of interest in these kind of activities. This gives companies the opportunity to offer their staff something that appeals to their younger team members as well as offering a chance to bring a genuine party feeling to the table instead of a more traditional stale...

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Escape Room Team Building: Why Hollywood Style Escapes Are Taking Off In Chicago

Employees often dread traditional forms of team building. Heading off to a ropes course to flail about in the rain for a day in the hope that it will rebuild some bridges between team members and liven up the office spirit doesn’t inspire much excitement in today’s workers. They’re used to high octane digital entertainment and problem solving games are just a touch away on their mobile devices. For those reasons we’re seeing corporate team building companies developing more immersive experiences, some of which are so good that people actually choose to go on them for fun as well as when forced by their companies. The Chicago Tribune reports that one such trend is Escape Rooms, which they note have been popular nationally for a while but are relatively new to Chicago. Escape room staff members either observe players problem-solving from inside the room or outside through camera surveillance, and can offer evaluations or group-led discussions following players’ escape, assessing how well the players collaborated with each other to survive. The events are run in Chicago by a company called Bucket List Productions who focus on making the events as much like participating in a TV adventure show as possible, rather than a simple puzzle solving experience. Naturally the corporate attendees are evaluated and given the opportunity to discuss their team building efforts, skills and experiences after the event,...

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