United we stand. Divided we fall.
Some of the strongest bonds are forged in the face of challenge and adversity. War, economic collapse, social protests—these circumstances bring people all different backgrounds, from different walks of life; in ways that they might never have met. However, not all bonds are forged on challenge alone. Sometimes teams find their foundations in activities that combine fitness, competition, and good-humored fun.
Events such as Tough Mudder or The Spartan Race provide a chance to experience this kind of intensity. Competing in an obstacle filled race that puts your strength, skills, and ability to work with others as a cohesive unit to the test. Each of the obstacles requires teamwork, unity, and support in order to overcome and achieve each barrier. Participants have the opportunity to embark on races that range from 1 to 12 miles, each filled with numerous obstacles according to the length of the race.
The types of challenges that members of a team face from overcoming obstacle courses together require the following: in-the-moment problem solving, the pressure of working together, all of which are accompanied by the military-based mindset of “No one left behind.” Many participants of these obstacle competitions claim that it is an experience that they would gladly repeat.
To Joy A. from California, choice of teammates makes all the difference: “How do you get through it? Pick a good team. I’m not referring to picking only the strongest or fastest. Pick friends that are dedicated, loyal, and are ready to get down and dirty.”
Jerline H. from Washington D. C. confirms this, stating, “I love how much of a teamwork vibe there is going on; even when I was butt sliding down the steep hill I had people come by and try to help me.”
Take it from people like Joy and Jerline who know that a good attitude makes all the difference. Loyalty and dedication outshine talent and ability any day. The support and help of teammates is what helps other press on, move forward, and accomplish their goals.
Join Together. Be Empowered.
Teams are not simply built in a day. They require communication, cohesion, and established rapport through shared experience. Never be afraid to reach out to others and try something new. Who knows? A new friendship or connection with a teammate may be right around the corner.
Team building applies to any field, even a football field. Following my favorite sports teams is my number one hobby! It’s fascinating to see how the most intense sports teams perform; the way they communicate, work together and understand each other. As fans, we care about the win! However, we have no idea what effort goes on behind the scenes. I realize that to have such a fierce demeanor as a team, it takes some work, teamwork. For players to cooperate, commit, and triumph, they first establish a fundamental core with team building.
Team building: It is a very common term that is often discussed in many organizations today as a means of trying to get employees to accomplish common goals. Although the term itself may have developed a more negative meaning over recent years, Forbes Magazine says, “Team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration.” In order for this to happen, you have to be innovative when coming up with team building activities. Try to think past the often used group picnic idea, and implement team building practices that will allow employees and coworkers to use their strengths to bring better, long-term value to your business as a whole.
In this series of articles, we take five minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of what sort of people we are. In this installment, we talk with Matt, our Warehouse Manager, who makes all the magic happen by packing and shipping the materials needed for every event! We discuss what he does in his free time, favorite foods, and bucket list!
Giving back to our communities makes you feel good, assists in making you more socially aware and helps you bond with your colleagues as you team up to help those in need. Charity is beneficial for both humanity and business for many reasons. When you participate in Corporate Social Responsibility team building activities, you get the best of both worlds.
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
Corporate Social Responsibility: Corporate Social Responsibility refers to the idea that a company or corporation has a moral obligation to give back to their community. Some companies are more aware than others when it comes to the importance of corporate social responsibility. One of the most notable is Haagen-Dazs, an ice cream company that prides themselves on using all-natural ingredients. What then makes for an effective CSR program?
Ice breakers and puzzle games have their place, but sometimes you just want to get together as a group, and play. Here at TeamBonding, encouraging play is what we’re all about! When you play as a team, you develop and strengthen social bonds, which makes working together a more rewarding experience all around. With this in mind, we’re excited to share a free game for you to play with your team the next time you need to relax and have some fun.
Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
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