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5 tips to make your Christmas party memorable in the right way

The annual Christmas party is often seen as a chance to let a year’s worth of tension out in one go. But there are risks of it going downhill quite quickly!

We’ve got 5 ways you can give staff a memorable Christmas party, with no spills but all the thrills: 

1. Encourage people to mingle rather

Booking a meal for your team is a good idea, but a long table with a three-course meal could mean people get stuck next to other team members they don’t necessarily have the best rapport with. A party is better when people have the choice to mingle with people they want to talk to. If you are providing food arrange a buffet so people can socialise and do as they wish without feeling stuffy or it being formal.

2. Control the alcohol

There is always one person who gets their ‘money’s worth’ when it comes to alcohol so try to keep control over how much free drink is supplied. Instead of paying for a free bar, you could give people drinks tokens, or perhaps organise a tasting session so people still get to enjoy having a drink but won’t have free reigns completely.

3. Don’t be the first one there

Being the first person at an event is always awkward, and staff will often feel more relaxed arriving in groups and not being left on their own with the boss. For a bit of fun, arrange for your team to be split into groups and enjoy the London Black Cab Chase before they get to the party. That way people will arrive around the same time, or in groups, and have plenty to talk about throughout the evening.

4. Reward your staff with an experience

Your Christmas party doesn’t have to be a drink-fuelled fest and some members of staff may appreciate something a bit different. For example, spending a couple of hours enjoying our Chocolate Challenge will be much more memorable than a hangover the next morning.

5. An extra special Secret Santa

Instead of doing an office Secret Santa, why not take part in our Toy Factory London Team Building Event and work together as a real production line? The finished products can be donated to charity where children in need will benefit, giving Secret Santa a whole new meaning which will be remembered, and much less awkward than usual!

How to scrap lengthy meetings for better productivity

More often than not, meetings leave us feeling bored or deflated. They are long, boring, and can be so disorganised that it feels like a complete waste of time. In the modern business world, there is no need for lengthy meetings that see little results and have no positive impact on productivity.

Instead, take a look at some of the ways you can change how you do meetings to benefit your team and your business.

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The importance of encouraging your team to get outside

Many of us will have every intention of adding some adventure to our lives but when it comes to actually fitting this in we fall flat, despite the health benefits that come from being outside.

Having time out and time to enjoy the great outdoors is vital for our mental health. From a business perspective, encouraging your staff to get outdoors at lunch or during their time off will benefit the whole team. Staff who feel supported at work and who can unwind outside of work are more likely to give it their all when they are in the office.

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Competitive vs collaborative team building, which is better?

Team building activities come in all shapes and sizes and will suit different teams. You have to choose between the type of activity, whether it is indoors or outdoors and whether you want it to be a full day or half day. One other thing that you might want to consider is whether you opt for an activity that is competitive or something that requires the whole team to collaborate.

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What to remember when investing in team building

Team building hasn’t always had a good reputation and often the phrase “team building” leaves employees cringing and wanting to run for the nearest exit. Despite its reputation, team building is a really important investment for businesses. It gets teams away from their desks, builds trust, encourages communication and highlights attributes of team members.

There are some key things to remember when doing some team building though.

Don’t make it feel like another day in the office 

The most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal  allows any employee bonding to happen more naturally than if there is a huge corporate focus on the team building process.

 

Ditch the routine

It can be tempting to do the same thing each time to keep the routine and to save time trying to organise another event, but trying new things with your staff can generate some more excitement and good energy amongst employees, which in turn benefits the business itself.

Choosing something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage the team to encourage and support each other in new ways. Forget the annual picnic and broaden your horizons.

 

Team building is an investment, not a splurge

Whilst you aren’t expected to spend thousands on team days out, you shouldn’t skimp either. You should spend some time thinking of ideas that the whole team will enjoy and invest a good amount of money making sure it will be a day that will create a buzz and get everyone talking.

It’s important to make your team feel valued and appreciated and to show them that they are allowed to have some fun.

 

Keep the positive energy going

Instead of letting motivation and excitement fall flat straight after your team building session is over, think of ways that you can keep the energy flowing. This could be anything from starting your week off with better and more energised weekly meetings to purchasing new artwork to brighten up the office. You want to create opportunities for people to interact with each other outside of a meeting room.

By getting employees to communicate, this could open up discussions that lead to ideas for your future team building days.

 

Team building has so many benefits for businesses. If there has been laughter and lots of discussion between your team, then it’s likely you’re on the right track to successful team building.

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Why having fun is important for business

There are some businesses that will try and discourage fun in the workplace and who will steer clear of fun in the workplace or external team building activities, fearing that it could cause too much distraction and negatively impact the overall performance of staff. By doing so, these companies are missing out on a number of opportunities to save money and develop their current team.

Check out the ways fun can give your business a boost:

1. Fun combats stress

Playtime shouldn’t be reserved for children, adults need time to indulge in something enjoyable and fun too. By participating in an activity that gets us moving, makes us laugh, or that sparks our curiosity adults begin to feel more energised, more motivated and less stressed.

 

2. Experiences create longer lasting memories

As we take part in an activity we are using all five senses and we will often learn more doing something by doing, compared to when are reading or listening. Any lessons learned during a period of fun or activity are therefore more likely to be retained within our memory and any information learnt can be used later.

 

3. A change of pace shows different sides to a person

When staff relax or partake in fun activities, we often see a different side to them. This allows you to highlight the different personalities within your team and evaluate any strengths and weaknesses. You will get to see how they work and how they interact with people and also what they enjoy doing. This will help you to understand your team more and understand what motivates them other than money.

 

4. Allowing people to have fun encourages creativity

When different ideas are shared they can develop, which can help teams to identify new opportunities or solve current problems that they may be facing. By allowing teams to have fun, different individuals will often unleash their more creative side, allowing for a workplace that is driven by creative and innovative ideas, which can be worked on with the rest of the team.

 

5. Humans need interaction

Humans beings are naturally sociable, and most of us need to interact with others face to face. By doing this we develop a feeling of trust and loyalty, and even in some cases friendship, that can be a huge benefit in an office environment and make it a more enjoyable place to work. This feeling of membership ultimately makes staff feel more committed to their team, their work and the company they are working for.

 

Take a look at some of the ways you can have fun outside of the workplace with Team Building London.

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Stop working and start seeking out the stories

Everybody loves a good story and storytelling can be found in a range of forms, from books and movies to office jokes and music. It is ingrained into everyday life and each of us has our own preferred style of storytelling, but the importance of stories is how they can shape us and teach us.

This story puts into perspective our working habits and our approach to the things we do…

Lisa, a working mum, took two highlighters and used these to shade in her work diary for the coming week. She shaded some appointments green for boring, others yellow for energising. As expected the tasks such as meetings, listening to presentations, reading reports and attending statutory training were shaded green for dull and de-energising.

When she reviewed her week, Lisa noted that 80% of her time would be spent doing tedious and uninspiring activities. Lisa compared this to the energy and enthusiasm of her 6-year-old daughter whos days were full of laughter, ideas and discovery. Why shouldn’t Lisa’s work week be more like that?

Not content to live a life dominated by ‘green’ engagements, Lisa decided to try to turn her diary yellow by seeking out stories.

As a result, she restructured the agenda of her weekly meeting and approached it as if it was a film. She identified the perils, plot and ensured that the discussion concluded in a happy ending. She continued to change her week by challenging the finance director to replace spreadsheets with stories in his monthly presentation and, rather than read the pile of reports on her desk she visited each of the authors and asked:

· What challenges did they want to overcome?

· What could get in the way?

· Where could they end up?

Not only was she able to switch some of the events in her diary from green to yellow, but Lisa also felt more energised and engaged at work. Tough problems had been solved, exciting new initiatives launched and the team morale was higher than she’d ever known.

To be the best you can be in the workplace, you need to embrace creativity and start seeking the stories.

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Running your business is just like running a marathon

Every year thousands of people take part in various runs and marathons, pushing themselves to the limit. They are constantly training and improving, just as businesses should be. 

Despite their differences, men and women of all ages take part in these events with the shared desire to reach the finish line. To make it to the end goal and to keep improving on their previous time, these sportsmen and women are constantly training, adapting and investing in the right kit.

If people didn’t train for these events, they would be wholly unprepared. Perhaps the same is true in organisations. Some companies think that the odd team outing or team building session will be enough to energise their team and get them to where they need to go.

Just as we prepare for sporting events, businesses should be investing in staff and providing consistent team building days combined with effective training and tools to keep motivated back at the office.

Most team meetings are regarded as tedious and unnecessary when they should be creative and energising. We can help team leaders not just when they are with us for an Away Day but also when they are back in the office preparing for that dreaded team meeting. If you’d like to inject some passion and energy into your team meetings please get in touch to organise a free consultation.

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The benefits of getting your team together

Over the years, we’ve seen businesses becoming more focused on their employees and how they work together. Whilst workplaces are still hardworking and in some cases competitive, the importance of collaboration and friendship between staff has been seen as key to continued success.

As a result, team building activities have increased in popularity. Team building activities can range from a short activity to a retreat lasting a couple of days depending on the needs and desires of each group. Team building is seen as a fun break from work, but ultimately there is a purpose behind them, which is to develop the skills, knowledge and relationships of your staff.

There is a range of benefits to be had from team building, such as:

Increased Motivation

Team building activities can help to create momentum and make employees feel invigorated and more confident in their own, and their team’s ability.

By working together teams can motivate each other and feel supported through each task. This can in turn increase productivity, as everyone is working together and bouncing off each other.

Encourages Creativity

There are some team building activities that require more thought and creativity than others. Within your employees, there will always be people who have different ideas and approaches than others in the team.

Whilst this can sometimes feel negative due to conflicting ideas, allowing everyone to voice their ideas and have an input can actually have a positive effect, by “cross-pollinating” the business with different ideas.

Team building allows people to unleash their creativity and makes them realise that they are allowed to give an input, even back at the office, to help contribute to tasks and ideas.

Improved Communication

This is perhaps one of the main benefits of a properly planned team building session. By taking employees away from their desks, away from work and away from the confines of the office they are able to have a better space to have some fun and get to know their colleagues.

Team building activities can be a powerful way to develop communication and trust, whilst helping to develop your employees further. To provide full benefit, they need to have a real purpose and be properly planned, rather than just being a “fun day out”.