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 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 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 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 Takeaway: Understanding your own role and responsabilities 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 Takeaway: Everyone has their stregths. 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?
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, you’re looking forward to holiday celebrations and enjoying the company of others. Did you know that legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck?
“A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor” -Unknown
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.
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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.
The 2018 Olympic Games are upon us! This international sporting event was founded in the name of unity and friendly competition among the nations of the world. Here at TeamBonding, we are firm believers than friendly competition is the thing good teams are made of! If you’re making the most of the Olympic buzz by having your own Office Olympics, we’re here to help you out! Not sure how to get started? Consider purchasing a DYI program from our store! Once you’ve got a game plan in place, we’ve got some tips and tricks for making sure your Office Olympics goes off without a hitch!
Scavenger hunts are some of the most hilarious and exciting ways to build bonds within a team. People love them, any why not? They get you out of the office, moving around, and exploring your surroundings. We love building scavenger hunts for people, but we also know sometimes a fully produced and facilitated event isn’t in the cards for everyone. Which is why we’re happy to offer DIY scavenger hunts!
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