Did you know that ants hate each other, but work together? Chimpanzees also recognize when collaboration is necessary and identify the optimal partner.
The animal world has some powerful workplace team building inspiration! Trust building activities can help you practice teamwork like animals.
In the evolution of animal societies, selection has acted to promote efficiency through a division of labor (Sendova-Franks and Franks, 1999). This has led to highly cooperative and relatively unselfish groups of individuals who, collectively, are able to tackle tasks far beyond the abilities of the individuals themselves within the animal kingdom.
Animals Working As A Team
A team task requires different subtasks to be performed concurrently for successful completion, which leads to a division of labor.
Humpback whales form alliances with one another based on individual hunting talent that it can bring to the group. In groups of up to twenty, they employ a technique known as bubble-netting.
The Trust Building Activity Takeaway: Positive interdependence is key! Everyone must fully participate (that means you) and put forth effort within their group.
Honey bees have a highly organized social structure with well developed colonies (40-50 thousands individuals) that work together to survive winter months, which prohibit access to nectar. Their division of labor is so well defined that many of these terms are likely familiar to you:
- Queen bee
- Worker bees
- Indoor workers
- Nursery workers
- Builder workers
- Repairers workers
- Cleaner workers
- And the list goes on…
The Trust Building Activity Takeaway: Whether you’re planning an event or working on team building long term, a big challenge for teams is a lack of clarity on individual roles and responsibilities. Clarify roles, institute accountability and achieve your common vision and goals.
Remember the honey badger? Well, apparently he hunts with coyotes!
“Coyotes and badgers hunt together. In fact, you’re far more likely to witness coyotes seeking out food alongside badgers than hunting with other coyotes. Generally, the wild dogs hang out in loose family units or lead solitary lives.” – University of California’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
The Trust Building Activity Takeaway: Unlinked pairs (or teams) can generate impressive results. Debate can facilitate quite a bit of innovative team problem solving activities. Acknowledging differences also helps build trust.
Elephants sharing nursing responsibilities among their herd. They do not differentiate the calves based on who the real mother is.
The Trust Building Activity Takeaway: Understanding your own role and responsibilities can also help you determine the best ways to help others. Roles are not meant to be rigid. Help your team accomplish your goals together.
And don’t forget, there’s always the ants!
The Trust Building Activity Takeaway: Everyone has their strengths. Everyone has their weaknesses. Engage in team decision making to develop the best strategies for your organization.
Which one of these animals will be your mascot at your next workplace team building event? What trust building activities have helped you team succeed?
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!
Believe it or not, you can have fun at work! Switch things up at the office and try some new, fun team building activities for work to get everyone energized.
Throughout history many leaders have inspired us to change the world from Gandhi to Alexander the Great. These particular leaders didn’t leave a mark by just hanging out. They led by taking action and inspiring people to follow them.
#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.
Memorial Day reminds us that summer is close but don’t forget what the true meaning behind the day is! Memorial Day can have different meanings for everyone. Often times, people use this day as a celebration for the arrival of summer. Cookouts, family reunions and a 3-day-weekend are all a blast but they can take away the importance of what the day truly signifies. While you celebrate good food and loved ones, don’t forget to pay your respects to those who have died fighting for our country. Pause, reflect and honor.
Imagine you recently hired a new employee. However, within a few months, this new employee ends up leaving you. There are a wide variety of reasons why they might choose to leave. It’s possible that the problem is they were never properly introduced to the company.
An elevator pitch is a speech that uses both hard and soft skills to market oneself to a potential employer or network. The difference between soft and hard skills are as follows. Soft skills are composed of your personality traits; like whether or not you are adaptable or accountable. Hard skills are more technical based. Take for example if you were a manager at a retail store, one of your hard skills would be ‘experience with customer service.’
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