Finding time to enjoy team building exercises on a day-to-day basis within your workplace can be difficult, but if you can it is both convenient and useful.
Nathan Sawaya using LEGO to create art is an example we know works well that you could adopt in the office. He uses pieces of LEGO to recreate versions of well-known works of art from around the world. These works of art may not always be to critical acclaim but show initiative and creativity to create them. His exhibition has been hailed as an accessible, creative and fun way to use everyday objects.
Our team at Team Building London have been using LEGO over the years to playfully help team development. So we agree with P Kristiansen and R Rasmussen that LEGO is a great business tool. Read their book on ‘Building a Better Business using the LEGO Serious Play Method’ which highlights the benefits of LEGO in the workplace.
If you would like to find out more about how LEGO can help inspire creativity, teamwork, planning and financial budgeting, contact us today to discuss how we can help you incorporate everyday objects into your team building.
There are a whole host of team building activities available but finding one for a large corporation can be a challenge.
The reason for this is because larger teams have more personality types to cater for – Activists will want to run about while Reflectors will rather just observe. Pragmatics will more than likely ask ‘what’s the point?’ whereas Theorists might prefer to study or solve a complex puzzle.
Here at Team Building London, we have developed a team building activity for everyone to get involved and use their skills, combining a wide range of competitive team building challenges so that every member can showcase their style and skill. Demonstrating everyone’s differences can be the source of success within a team.
Teams of 6 are able to use their wit to solve problems and a number of practical team challenges. During each challenge teams will compete against one another before they move onto another conundrum. Bonus points are earned throughout by those who successfully complete these puzzles which require both analytical and lateral thinking.
There are also opportunities for physical challenges which are selected to suit the location and the participants – many of our tasks can be performed indoors and out.
It is important to think about everyone’s skills and strengths because their varied learning skills will affect their input into the team building activity. By incorporating fun into a number of exercises, everyone has the chance to excel without needing to be the fittest or cleverest.
Most managers face a number of tricky situations in the workplace on a daily basis – one of the toughest is having to decide whether to fire an under-performing team member or not.
Firing an employee
If you’re faced with this task, here are 5 considerations to ease the decision:
1. Does good past performance justify a weak future performance?
Just because team members were once strong, it may not necessarily mean they will be as strong in the future. Weak team members may reflect badly on other staff, suggesting that under-performance is okay. Continue reading →
Here at Team Building London we are always trying to promote creativity within the workplace, so thought it would be worth highlighting a company on the right track!
Pearlfisher’s ball pit
Pearlfisher, in Hammersmith, West London created a meeting environment reminiscent of a children’s ball play area – only this is for around 30 adults.
The reason for this was to create a place to help companies stimulate new ideas and creativity, which is something that can easily get lost in a normal daily meeting within the workplace. This type of environment is great to bounce ideas around and to have fun at work. Continue reading →
There are always a large number of networking events throughout the year and sometimes your boss may pass you an invitation, suggesting you go along to one. Networking is not for everyone, but in this blog we will look at how you might be able to look at networking differently.
Beating The Networking Headache
Entering a room of strangers can create a number of fears, including:
• You could get stuck with the most boring man or woman in your industry
• You might be subjected to a hard sell
• You’ll be left standing alone, looking lost
But let’s consider what you can actually gain from going to a networking event: Continue reading →
We often set ourselves resolutions at the start of the New Year – some of us fail and some are still going strong, but as personal resolutions fade, we have put together three ideas to help improve office life.
1. Better conversations, less meetings
Formal meetings on a Friday and a Monday should be banned. Instead consider informal lunches and chats over coffee on these days. Oxford Think Tank Career Innovations research identifies that closing the “Conversation Gap” can help organisations build trust, increase employee engagement and retain talented people more effectively. Continue reading →
Employees may well be familiar with workplace stress. A growing number of businesses have decided to recognise it, making them better equipped to tackle it. But, it is also true that a little stress at work can actually be good for you and your productivity if you handle it properly.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 40% of all work-related illnesses are due to stress, with around 105 million working days being lost because of this each year.
From the very moment we leave the house to catch the London Tube, to the moment we head out of the office doors to do the same to go home, there are stressful situations that can build-up. Continue reading →
Meetings can be extremely productive, but on the other hand there are a number of reasons why a meeting might achieve little or nothing at all. Meetings like this aren’t uncommon, but what makes a meeting “fail”?
Here are reasons why your meeting fail
Here are 4 reasons why your meetings might be failing to reach their potential:
Loss of Focus
It is commonplace that sub meetings will happen within meetings and this can disrupt the whole purpose of why you are there in the first place. Try to stay on course and avoid losing direction as members may lose interest and will become despondent. Continue reading →
The annual Christmas party is often seen as a chance to let a year’s worth of tension out in one go. This could be a member of staff enjoying the Mulled Wine a bit too much or it could be an argument amongst members of staff who haven’t always seen eye to eye throughout the year.
Christmas Party Team Building
This is why it’s a better idea to plan for more thrills than spills at this year’s office Christmas party.
Here are 5 tips to help your Christmas party be memorable for all of the right reasons: Continue reading →