Humans structure so much of daily life around food. We move from ‘breakfast on the go’ to ‘working through lunch’ to ‘family dinners’ afterward. So why not structure our team building the same way?
At TeamBonding, we know the power of bringing food and team building together. We offer a range of food-oriented programs, with various levels of involvement in the actual food preparation. With programs like The Progressive Dinner and Dining In The Dark, making connections and having new experiences is the focus of the meal. For those who want to be a little more hands-on, we offer a variety of culinary TeamCuisine programs in which teams work together to create a fantastic feast. We know better than anyone how well team building and food work together.
But why is this combo so delicious?
Well, to start off with, people are happier when they’re not hungry. It’s a simple idea, but also a very true one. No one wants to try to build trust with a coworker when they’re cranky because they haven’t eaten since 6 am. There’s some science to back this up as well. Studies show that diets high in protein and carbohydrates can increase the brain’s ability to produce and retain serotonin, a neurochemical tied to mood. When people are well fed and happy, they’re much more likely to be receptive to building relationships.
Apart from making people happy, food can make the unfamiliar setting of a team building exercise less scary. Creating social bonds over food is a familiar experience for most people. It’s a part of our culture so ingrained that most of us don’t even think about it. We have dinner with our families, go out for drinks and apps with our friends, have meetings over lunch. It’s a familiar environment which allows us to be vulnerable. By introducing a food element to a team building event which might not have it otherwise, you encourage people to relax with a touchstone of familiarity. They’re used to chatting over a meal, so the transfer of behavior from a social to a professional setting feels more natural.
Match Made In Heaven
TeamBonding and ezCater have partnered to bring you the perfect combination: team building + delicious food! We’ve handpicked a few of our most popular programs and paired them with some of the best restaurants and caterers in ezCater’s nationwide network. With over 85 team building programs offered across the country and a variety of high-quality food options from over 50,000 restaurants and caterers, you will not find a better match!
Food For the Soul
Whether your team building event revolves entirely around food, or you’re introducing a lunch or snack component, any occasion is enhanced by a tasty little treat. Keep everyone fed, relaxed, and happy. If you do, they’re much more likely to form social bonds and make positive memories. So snack on, and keep building stronger bonds.
Recognize, motivate and make your employees HAPPY! Happy employees are the most productive. We’ve heard them say this a thousand times already. In any business structure, happiness is fundamental in maintaining a smooth flowing operation. Happiness should be the core of your company culture. Put your employees’ interest first, and you’ll be surprised how they will take care of you and the business.
How to embrace team collaboration? For an organization to run smoothly and meet its goals, it is important to foster a work environment that supports collaboration amongst colleagues. Unfortunately for most organizations, this does not occur naturally, and thus you must make an effort and take steps to help build and sustain a cooperative work environment.
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.
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 about the future of their company and are cutting corners where they can. Not everyone is eager to spend money on team building.
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.
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