Team activities, events and games. Like public speaking, the mere mention of them at work will strike fear into most people.
So what are the best exercises for your workplace? The answer is very straight forward - the ones that your people enjoy! If your colleagues and co-workers have a tortured look on their face or are on their phones rather than paying attention, then they're not engaged and there is zero chance that they will benefit from the experience. Team productivity exercises, when they work, can be designed to sharpen communication, foster collaboration and introduce fun back into a stressful workplace. They can bring out the creativity necessary for innovation in your team, provide the spark for strong relationships, ease tension after a merger or acquisition and clarify a company's strategic vision and goals.
But your team will reap none of these rewards if the team bonding ideas you choose aren't fun. They need to be truly fun, and not in a condescending, childish way. Corporate activities for adults need to be challenging, sophisticated, unpredictable and uplifting. They need to take everyone out of their day-to-day existence of emails, deadlines and office politics. People need to be so immersed in the experience that they forget about their usual biases and behaviours.
This process can be referred to as 'being taken out of your comfort zone', but we're not a fan of that concept at SongDivision. Nobody likes being uncomfortable. What we like to do, is to turn your people into rock stars for a day. There aren't many things on the planet that are more fun than that, no matter what your age, gender, rank or nationality.
Admittedly, we will see some distressed faces at the very start of a session if your folks have been warned that they're heading into a 'team bonding activity'. However these looks and nervous twitches quickly disappear when they see and hear the SongDivision musicians, the best in the world, and any cynicism quickly transforms into excitement as your group jumps into their mission.
When you first Googled 'team building ideas', you would have been flooded with choices - free, quick, indoor, outdoor, scavenger hunts, amazing races, cooking, climbing, cocktailing, filming.
We've delivered programs in over 30 countries to every type of company in pretty much every industry, and they love it. They've had fun. And by having fun, people receive all the other benefits built into SongDivion's activities that produce tangible results back in the workplace. Everyone loves music. Team building doesn't have to suck.
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