I took this picture while I was working from home. I was being productive and focused, but also enjoying the company of my two dogs – a great benefit of being able to work remotely. Whether you approve or not, more and more people are working from home. The reality is, in this day and age, employees are aware that their work doesn’t need to be tied to a desk in an office from 9 to 5. If their job can be done online, there are serious advantages to allowing them to work from home, even for just one day per week. There are clear benefits but also unique challenges when employees work from home. Here are some thoughts and… Read more »
What are some good ways to build team spirit? If you’ve found this page then you’re probably wondering. You may already know that team building is critical to your success. And you may already have team members who work well together. But even when all the basic ingredients are present, you have to take time to find ways to keep your team’s spirit positive. Teams that forge a common bond and that share positive experience work together better when things area going well; and when things are tough. So it’s a good idea to have ongoing ways to build team spirit so you can keep your group humming along. Here are some activities I’ve found to be effective. 1. Intrapreneurship, a… Read more »
You’ve done it all, the good, the bad and the okay. Your team loved the good ones, collectively agreed to forget the okay ones, and remain scarred by the bad ones. Now, you’re tasked with finding your company’s next event and you need to do something different. You want better than good, bad, or okay. You want a team building activity that will actually engage your team and bring them together. It’s not an impossible order! You just have to find the right activity. And that means it’s time to branch out. Here are some unusual team building ideas that will bring your team together in fun, interactive and productive ways. Flash Mob For those who missed that cultural moment,… Read more »
If you’ve never worked with a consultant before, you’re in luck; good ones are out there. Here are a few qualities to look for in a great team building consultant and how to find the right one for your team.
When many employees hear the word “team building,” they immediately flinch and think back on years of incredibly awkward icebreakers in school. But small group team building offers the opportunity to maximize your team’s performance and make work-life better.
Team building has a bit of a bad reputation. It’s long been tied up with dull company picnics and tiresome icebreakers. This is a shame, because team building success actually makes all the difference in whether or not your company is a success.
Business is hectic and conference agenda time is scarce. I get it. That’s why, from time to time, we’re asked to lead team building during breakfast. It can be a great solution to accomplish a lot within a given time frame.
More and more these days we’re facilitating team building for remote teams. We’re seeing groups with team members who perform the same job, based in multiple geographic areas. And we’re seeing groups with team members who work remotely from home while covering a specific territory.
Some of the most intelligent, creative and entrepreneurial minds in the world flock to Chicago to start tech companies, work at medical centers, restaurants, theaters and more. This is just the place to get the creative juices flowing, build morale, and increase engagement.
Is team building worth it? There are so many negative cliches about team programs that it’s hard to initiate an activity with a positive attitude from your colleagues. And even though I’m a professional team building facilitator, I get that!
Team building during lunch is a great solution because it fits into a set time limit and it can be DIY or professionally facilitated. And very importantly, everybody gets to eat a good lunch! If done effectively, your colleagues will love this. This could be good news for your talent retention rate, employee engagement, company culture, and ultimately, your bottom line.