Remember the good old days of college? Bonding with friends over late nights filled with coffee, work and stressful deadlines?
Wait… these things probably sound familiar…
There are many parallels between experiences in college and your current job. This is especially true with team bonding in your company, and team bonding in fraternities and sororities. Here are three team building lessons learned from Greek life that you can apply to building stronger bonds today.
United as One
A sorority or fraternity has individual members, but is thought of as a whole. Each member contributes independently, but works together to function effectively.
A business is the same. Marketers need to develop a strategy to promote the product while others control the company’s financial situation. However, both groups need to work together to be successful. Otherwise, you may have overspending or not enough buzz to generate revenue.
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The Busy Syndrome
In college, everyone seems to have something to do: writing papers, meeting with professors, or midterms to study for. In a business, everyone has his or her own individual to-do list as well.
No one seems to have time for team bonding, and why should they? Well, in order to have a successful company, that success needs to originate from a productive environment.
One way fraternities and sororities accomplish a productive environment is to offer positive incentives for people who participate in team bonding activities. For example, a piece of jewelry is given to the sorority member who goes to the most team bonding events. Team bonding = more collaboration and creativity, which generates productivity.
Another strategy is to make bonding activities fun! An example for sororities is to have a Pinterest night, where the members come together and craft various projects.
This team building lesson could be applied to your business in a variety of ways.
Hold a potluck lunch once a month. Include recipe swaps, make an annual employee cookbook each year or turn the potluck into a taste testing challenge to add some zing to your culinary bonding.
Start a nutrition challenge to kick off Spring. This promotes employee health and team building through a little competition.
Have employees contribute photos for Wordless Wednesday posts on social media. This gets your team engaged and collaborating with each other, and helps promote your company! (Just make sure you provide helpful guidelines for submissions.)
Don’t Focus on Negativity
Some people are known for their negative attitude, and can bring down the spirits of a group. Whether this is on a service project for a fraternity, or negativity on an idea in the corporate world, it can severely affect team morale.
What sororities and fraternities have learned to do is to focus on the positive members. They do this by giving awards and honorary mentions to the people who are positive and strive to better the organization.
For example, a fraternity might have a “Brother of the Week” award, given to a member who went out of his way to benefit the fraternity. By highlighting positive members, negative members learn that positivity is an important part of becoming a recognized member of the team.
Struggling with a naysayer? Take a bite out of that team vampire and take advantage of the team building lessons you’ve learned today.
What team building lessons from high school or college do you apply to your professional life?
I’m Michael Carroll – business enthusiast, student and currently TeamBonding marketing and sales intern. This fall as part of my internship I will be focusing on increasing SEO traffic and analyzing sales processes. In my posts, I’m going to be sharing some of my young, but wise expertise and bringing you behind the scenes. I’ll be posting blogs on what goes on during these activities while using my observations to share my experiences. This time team building came to TeamBonding with ice sculpting.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This week I went to a Versagility event.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Polaroid Scavenger Hunt.
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 that your projects require the more assertive (not passive, aggressive or passive-aggressive!) and intentional your communication should be. (more…)
As September 1st approaches, my mind drifts back to Harry Potter* yet again. I remember being a child and preparing to go back to school – but wishing that I could instead be catching the Hogwarts Express and heading off to some grand adventure. If you read our last blog post, you know that there are many lessons from Harry Potter than can be applied to our real lives. So in honor of the impending date of the return to Hogwarts, here are 7 more things you can learn from the Harry Potter books.
The human desire for kinship, such as friendship or love, is almost universal in our species. This dates back to the early days of human evolution, where strong emotional attachments lead to a higher chance of survival. Because of this, the need for companionship developed as one of the most basic human physiological needs.
June 26th, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter* book. In the two decades since it’s release, this series has gone on to become a cultural touchstone for millions of people around the world. As with many morality tales, the Harry Potter series focuses on the struggle of good over evil.
Every week across the United States some establishment is having their weekly trivia night. With this comes laughs and fun competition. Interesting categories such as music, movies and history keep all the participants involved and create a strategic game environment.
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.
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