Did you know that eating chocolate regularly can help you live longer? It’s true! Chocolate helps lower your blood pressure, according to a Harvard Study.
It’s proven that healthy employees are more productive and enjoy their jobs the most. Encouraging healthier lifestyles boosts employee performance.
The Facts About Chocolate
Chocolate is not only good for you, it’ll boost your mood and your brain power when you really need it. A University of Nottingham researcher found that drinking certain types of cocoa increases blood flow to key parts of the brain for 2 to 3 hours.
Swiss scientists (shocking!) found that when very anxious people ate an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks, their stress hormone levels were significantly reduced. Other long-term researcher in Oxford University and Norway found that those who consumed flavanol-rich chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t.
Influencing Team Communication
Better moods. Healthier employees. A more productive team. Sounds great, right?
Time pressure and mood have several specific impacts on the way that teams communicate. The quantity and efficiency of communication increased under time pressure. Teams in happy moods also have enhanced team awareness, more anticipatory communication patterns and more detailed verbal responses to teammates than those in sad moods.
Practicing Effective Communication Skills
The Chocolate Company Challenge combines time pressure through team building exercises and mood enhancement through chocolate. This enables teams to practice heighten communication – higher quantity, more efficient and anticipatory. Besides, who doesn’t love chocolate?!
Your team will also learn new fun facts. Did you know that milk chocolate wasn’t created until 1887? That is because solid chocolate wasn’t created for hundreds of years after its creation as a liquid, when it was consumed as a drink by Aztecs.
With customizable choices like Chocolate Bingo, CSI Chocolate, A Bridge Over Chocolate Waters, your company can build stronger bonds, boost effective communication skills and enjoy chocolate at the same time. This popular and flexible event is perfect for any company or circumstance.
What tactics are you used to enhance collaboration? Has food helped you develop effective communication skills? Share your stories with us!
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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