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3 Reasons Making Friends At Work Is Important!

From the time you are born, your life is defined by the people you love and those who love you back. When you’re a child, those relationships naturally form with your family and other children around you with shared experiences in schools, clubs, and extracurriculars. Once you move beyond higher education, though, your circle begins to stagnate with the friendships and relationships you have successfully maintained to that point. For some people, that’s still a large circle, but for many who have grown used to constant companionship, the loneliness of adulthood begins to set in. Because those connections are so important to someone’s level of success, it is beneficial to both employee and employer for the workplace to fill that hole through making friends at work and building new relationships that can last a lifetime and even help your career.

Here are the top three reasons you should call Small Group Team Building and get those workplace friendships started today:

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1. Although breaking the ice takes effort it gets you workplace friends!

Today’s adults are sorely inept at interacting with the world around them. Smartphones, social media, and shifting interpretations of personal interactions have created a world of insular individuals. Something as simple as an icebreaker – the opening activity of any successful Small Group Team Building event – can remove employees from their comfort zones and get the conversation flowing. With any relationship, a conversation is the starting point so team building events are the first true step in creating friendships in the workplace.

2. A happy life requires relationships

The ultimate goal is to get employees communicating so that relationships can then grow and blossom into friendships. When true friendships are formed, they begin to transcend the work environment, providing employees with a healthier work-life balance and a stronger feeling of connection. As study after study has shown, employees who are happy in their personal lives will ultimately perform better at work and there will be an increase in workplace productivity, so it benefits all involved when the office becomes a breeding ground for friendship building.

3. It’s easier to work with friends than with enemies

workplace friendsIt’s no secret that a conversation with someone you love is more productive than one with someone you hate. Now, that’s not to say that the office is responsible for facilitating positive friendships for everyone; however, it is to your benefit for your employees to get along well in order to have the focus remain on the job and not watercooler gossip. Using a team building event to increase connections and build relationships is a smart and simple way to go about establishing and maintaining friendships – and better communication – in the workplace.

For a company that is looking to expand productivity through the growth of relationships, Small Group Team Building events are the perfect start. The only downside to scheduling one will be asking yourself why you didn’t do it sooner!

3 Reasons To Plan Organized Ice Breakers For New Employees

Being the new kid on the block is as difficult in your adult life as it is in elementary school.  The difference as an adult, though, is that there aren’t other adults concerned for your social well-being the same way that parents are for their children. 

Team Building vs Team Outing

Why Escape Room Challenges are Perfect for Team Building Problem Solving Activities

Previously when problems arose in the workplace, the standard response was for someone to look at the problem, create a solution, and enact it.  The issue with that approach, though, is that the resolution represents only one person’s viewpoint.  Today, we have grown to a place where it is not only acceptable but encouraged to […]

3 Important Benefits of Team Building for Small Groups

Team Building Benefits Using A Baseball Analogy

In the world of Major League Baseball, there are multiple levels of training that occur within every team.  Each team as a whole is expected to function cohesively, but within that larger unit there is a pitching team, a catching team, an infield team, an outfield team, etc. and each individual branch is expected to perform at their highest levels to make the dream a reality.  Whether you are focusing on the parts of the whole or your whole team is the size of someone else’s part, small group team building is as beneficial in the non-sports world as it is in baseball.  The benefits of team building are no longer just a concept for large corporations or big event team activities. Zeroing in on the parts that make the whole have significant upsides.

Benefits of Team Building for Small Groups in a Nutshell

Here are the top three reasons you should contact us for more information about the options we offer for small group team building:

  1. The Horton Hears a Who Lesson

Everyone has a contribution to make to the discussion, but not everyone can be heard in a larger group setting where the louder voices tend to prevail.  In small group team building, the smaller group sizes make it much easier to hear the voices of all team members, thereby increasing collaboration in a more intimate, less confrontational way.  As we all learned from the Dr. Seuss story of a sensitive elephant, sometimes the best contributions come from the smallest voices so our programs are designed to amplify the input of everyone.

  1. Level Playing Field

While team building, in general, is designed to bring participants of all levels to an equal footing, small group team building is perhaps the strongest contender for achieving that end goal.  In larger team building groups there will always be separations, even if it is something as simple as front row/back row.  Small groups, however, operate differently and create more of a roundtable environment.  This is made possible due to the lower number of participants, but also due to our focus on conducting activities that promote competition in fun environments that are completely separate from standard workplace fare.

  1. Shared Responsibility is Key

In any group of individuals, the feelings of personal responsibility tend to dissipate in direct correlation to the size of the group.  With small group team building, each team member plays a crucial role in the success of the group which increases the investment of the participants.  This, in turn, creates a deeper connection between team members and results in real changes to team effectiveness and interaction in the workplace, which is the true goal of any program.

The benefits of small group team building don’t end there – reach out for more information on how small group team building can help your team and company grow.

Team Building for Effective Communication

How to Create Successful Family Reunions in 3 Easy Steps

Once upon a time you were a little kid and you knew your mom, your dad, your siblings, your grandparents, your aunts, your uncles, and all of your little (and not-so-little) cousins. Fast-forward thirty years to your pending family reunion and you realize that not only do you not know everyone who is attending, but […]

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Team Building Ice Breakers

The phrase “getting to know you” conjures images of first dates, job interviews, and even that scene from the King and I musical, but there are valid reasons to use “getting to know you” games and activities in the workplace! Here are the top five reasons for considering team building ice breaker games:

Team Building Retreats

3 Reasons Why Team Building Retreats Are So Effective

There are a lot of ways to build a successful company, but if you’re looking for long-lasting achievement the key element is investing in your employees.  For some businesses that means attractive salary packages or weekly outings or even regular team building events; however, the option that provides the greatest strengthening of the team as a whole is the team building retreat.  You may be thinking “Why would I pay for a whole retreat when I could just throw in some team building to mix things up?”  And you would have a point…if team building and team building retreats were the same thing, but the two serve very different purposes.

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Can’t you just feel the inspiration? Imagine what a well planned corporate retreat can do for your company.

Here are the top three reasons you should take a hard look at corporate retreats from a strategic team building perspective:

  1. The Road Ahead

    Team building activities target team growth, bonding, and strengths, but the point that they miss overall is how any of those impact the company.  Team building retreats take that gap and run with it, placing the focus firmly on the business as a whole rather than its individual counterparts or departments.  Since corporate retreats typically involve an entire company or a specific echelon within a company, the focus is on long-term planning and where we go from here. Offering a more specific structure that emphasizes company wins, losses, and goals, team building retreats present a new environment to showcase continuing company plans, removing the “bored” from the boardroom and leveling the playing field for all participants involved in the discussion.

  2. The Road Less Traveled

    While reinforcing the company’s direction may be a focus of a team building retreat, an added bonus is the ability to remove natural inhibitors caused by the day to day work environment.  For instance, stand in a conference room, say the word “brainstorm” and you can practically feel the shudders from here.  But stand in a glass-lined cabin in the north Georgia mountains and you might actually feel the inspiration swirl!  In a new environment, employees will step out of the roles they have settled into and they will more willingly engage in a strategic brainstorming session that seeks out-of-the-box input from out-of-the-office minds.

  3. No Road at All

    Team building retreats are typically more structured than team building activities, but that doesn’t mean that the fun flies out of the window entirely! On the contrary, the entire goal of the retreat is to work hard during structured time and relax and enjoy one another’s company throughout the duration. With most retreats lasting between three and five days, this leads to at least one day of focus on community building through a chosen venue.  The day will likely be planned out, but the lessons taken away from the day and the growth and rejuvenation participants feel will pay off in the long-run.  Whether the day involves a hike or a ropes course; an escape game or a scavenger hunt, the day-off feel allows the socializing benefits inherent in traditional team building to shine through.

Whether you’re interested in strengthening bonds, breaking through “stuck” team dynamics, or simply hitting the refresh button for all involved parties, investing in a team building retreat in the right setting will reinvigorate the company team and refresh the company. This type of team building investment will reap long-term rewards when it is well planned and organized for strategic growth and building long-term relationships with employees.

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Laughter – It Makes A Good Team Work!

We’ve heard the questions, Why do you utilize “play based” activities for team building? Why do you emphasize fun in all of your programs. What is  the benefit to my team to spend a couple of hours laughing.  How does that help my business?  There are many folks, MUCH smarter than us that are better equipped to answer. So, we’ll let them.

  • Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. — Victor Borge
  • A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. — Madeleine L’Engle
  • A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. — Phyllis Diller
  • Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. — Mark Twain
  • As soap is to the body, so laughter is to the soul. — Jewish Proverb
  • If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them – Dr. Madan Kataria
  • Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy. — John Cleese
  • There is little success where there is little laughter. Andrew Carnegie

Break down barriers, build relationships and help your team be all they can be.