Reading isn’t just for the CEO! Make it a priority to keep your team current in your industry.
If you look at the reading material of many of the top managers and executives you will probably find an array of articles, books and journals related to their field.
Did you know that getting your team reading the same material as the people in leadership roles will have a major positive effect on team building?
There are many reasons why reading is critical to individual success, such as increased knowledge, concentration, memory, and vocabulary. It is just as beneficial for groups too. Allot your team time to read something relevant, then get together in a group to reflect, share opinions and find how it relates to the business.
This group activity will lead to a boost in your team’s self-confidence, problem solving and cohesiveness.
If you want to take the results a step further, start an office book club. Assign chapters and schedule meetings to discuss each topic. The bonus here is that your group can review what they’ve read and then find a way to connect what they’ve learned to a work project. We retain 90% or more information when we are able to teach or apply information immediately after we learn it.
One common issue for team is communicating effectively. If communication is failing, this would be a great time to find an article or book or even a funny comic they can relate to. It might be enough to help pull them out of a rut and feel inspired again, or at least get them to see the bright side for long enough to get them back in the game.
There is a lot of great reading material available. What are some of your favorites in your field, and do you ask your team to read it too?
Know each other as people, not just professionals. We’re all so much more than our job titles. We have interests that may have drawn each of us to our roles and help us excel within them. There are easy team building icebreaker activities for work that will help you and your team bond and get to know each other as more than just your role in the office. (more…)
There are little things that people do that can cause us to scream in our heads – “Oh My God, Oh My God, Oh My God, will you stop PLEASE!” – but the annoyances are usually so trivial that no one ever really shares their frustration out loud…at least not until it’s too late to sound rational. (more…)
In business and in life, people are rewarded and praised for success, which creates a culture where we don’t learn from failure.
Don’t have the big budget for a team building extravaganza? No worries! We’ve got you covered with plenty of Do-It-Yourself Team Building Products you can choose from in our DIY Store. You don’t always need tons of time or money for a big team building activity or retreat.
#2 Greenscape your workspace. Now that you’re carpooling to work, want to greenscape your workspace? Here’s what you do.
#1 Carpools, rideshares and biking. Oh my! Going green isn’t just about what you do at home. If you’re spending 40 hours a week at work, that’s likely over 35% of your waking life in an office. You may have noticed that for a team of people, that much time in the office can all add up to a lot of waste.
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.
Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes chocolate bunnies and egg hunts. But why should the kids have all the fun? A corporate scavenger hunt is easy to set up and can range from a simple list of things you have around the office, to very elaborate and creative endeavors. The person or team with the most points wins! Here are seven simple tips for making your own DIY office scavenger hunt!
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