Teams lie at the heart of corporate success. Whether these are management teams, sales teams or the team in the office, you will find effective teams in the most profitable organisations. But these teams don’t just function well internally, they connect with each other – I have seen many companies in which the different departments hardly speak to each other! And when they do, it is usually through the managers. So how can you ensure that your workforce is contented, connected and devoted to the company?
Corporate entertainment, fun days and stealth team building is the answer.
Corporate entertainment and stealth team building is of benefit to all sizes of company. Including the management on a corporate entertainment day will help to break down barriers and allow you staff to overcome obstacles in the work place. It is not possible for individuals to perform to their potential unless they have a good team and work environment so the creation of a team atmosphere is very important.
But what is stealth team building? Essentially, it is team building without ramming it down people’s throats. Pick the right type of team building activity and the right provider and team building is corporate entertainment. The events should motivate and challenge the delegates, using the skills the need to function effectively as a team – communication, encouraging each other, lateral thinking … Do this enough and it becomes second nature. The teams for the event should be randomly picked so that employees get to interact with people from other departments, management etc. There should be some worthwhile reward for the victorious team.
OK, now what sort of corporate entertainment events are the best? Conventional barrel and plank activities, stacking crates and so on are great for a few minutes then people just end up standing around whilst the dominant ones direct everything. Same with outdoors types of activities, there is a load of safety then you have to watch for ages as one by one the rest of the company abseil down a cliff or off a bridge. Wow, exciting for about 30 seconds! Motorised events are great fun but again there is the involvement aspect, or rather lack of it.
Good solutions are treasure hunts and scavenger hunts, especially on foot and in cities or towns as the teams stay together for the duration of the event and are also continually occupied. Then there are the silly photographs, tasks and shopping lists to add the fun element. Also very good team building comes from having a series of short, snappy activities such as the Enigma Project from Spy Games. Here teams compete in a series of challenges requiring team work for success.
Team building ensures greater success in all areas of your business. Regular corporate entertainment of this sort creates a fulfilled, happy workforce, reducing the expense and time needed for the recruitment and training of new staff.