How Team Building Can Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2018

How Team Building Events Can Take Your Business to the Next Level in 2018

More and more businesses are investing in team building events as part of their HR strategy to reach profit and growth goals. Your employees are a crucial element of your business; without them, your company would fall apart. When you consider the time invested in a new staff member, retaining them for the long-term is critical. And yet, many companies are still failing to recognise the importance of a happy, motivated workforce for business success.

If you’re still not convinced of the benefits of team building events for the ongoing development of your business, we’re here to help. Here’s just five ways team building can take your business to the next level.

Improved staff morale

The daily grind can get on top of you in any workplace. Work can begin to feel dull and monotonous and your interest in your role can wane. On top of that, it can feel like your efforts aren’t noticed or appreciated by your superiors. All of this can lead to reduced morale. Team building events can help to shake things up, blow off some cobwebs and help staff to feel more engaged with their colleagues, company and job role again. Sometimes a day out of the office with your team is all that’s needed to energise staff and improve everyone’s mood. The happier and more engaged your team are, the more productive they’ll be. The more productive your team are, the more profitable your company will be. It’s a win-win.

Better working relationships

It’s impossible to make all of your employees to be great friends. Some personalities are always going to clash and sometimes conflict can arise. In an office, individual conflicts can quickly escalate into office drama which distracts staff, creates an unpleasant work atmosphere and reduces productivity. Team building events can help to mend fragmented relationships or teach disagreeing colleagues how to interact better. Getting away from a toxic environment and doing a fun, adrenaline-inducing activity can boost your team’s mood and help to form better bonds. The better your team get along, the more cohesively they’ll work together to create innovative ideas that can really put your company ahead of your competitors.

Unite a diverse group

If your team work from a variety of locations and have diverse backgrounds division can occur within your team. David Hudson from leading dry cleaning company, Master Dry Cleaners, said “Having five stores across Melbourne can present its own set of challenges. It’s our goal to create a consistent brand experience throughout all our stores and we’ve found building a team culture has been the key.”

Identify individual strengths and weaknesses
Increased employee confidence

The friendly working environment that team building events foster is a great contributor to staff confidence, especially if you have a few shy or introverted team members. The more comfortable and confident your team feels around one another, the more likely they are to share idea or opinions. It is this confidence to contribute that leads to more successful brainstorms or concept creations that can hit upon the next big thing in your industry. Of course, in order to get the best results out of your team building events, you need to choose the best team building day and put your workforce into qualified hands.

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Team Building Activities: WHY CHOOSE URBAN QUEST

Team Building Activities: WHY CHOOSE URBAN QUEST

Team Building Activities: WHY CHOOSE URBAN QUEST

Why choose Urban Quest? Why wouldn’t you choose Urban Quest? As a company, we have over 10 years’ experience in providing Team Building Activities and we know what works. Here at Urban Quest, we have a very defined offer that works 100% of the time. Our experience over the last 10 years has enabled us to understand what truly works when providing Team Building Activities and have tailored our services to meet your needs. As a company that provides Team Building Activities, we understand the importance of really listening to what our customers need and provide services that match those.

So what is our service, you ask? Well, our service involves working with you and your teams on a long term basis as part of your strategic plan. Team Building Activities are not a one event fixes all problems solution but rather they need to be regular and consistent in order to build on the foundations that are already there. Urban Quest recommend that Team Building Activities be carried out on a quarterly basis, which logically and progressively develops all the core values of an efficient team. These core values include trust, communication, conflict resolution and leadership.

Urban Quest’s Team Building Activities are run on the streets of Melbourne with each event lasting approximately two and a half hours. All events are competition based, which are full of specific tasks, challenges and interactions with teams being made up of four to six people. The teams all compete against each other and use their smart phones to navigate their way through the competition.

Team Building Activities work best when they are part of a competition because everything is time based. This means that there is extra pressure on the team to complete tasks within a certain timeframe in order to finish the activity as a whole. If you think about a work environment, all tasks are generally time sensitive, which means teams are under pressure to deliver a quality job within a prescribed timeframe. Exactly the same is required with Urban Quest’s Team Building Activities. Because our Team Building Activities are time sensitive and therefore put people under pressure, you generally get to experience your colleagues as they really are, not the representative that turns up to work. Generally, as individuals we have a work mask or style and a natural style. However, when we are under pressure more of our natural style shall show through, which is okay because being vulnerable allows us to build trust amongst our colleagues. They will also be going through the same experience so you shall not be alone.

Any Team Building Activities have to provide benefit to the company and the team as a whole, not one or the other. Our experiences and learnings over the years have taught us what really works, which means the companies we work with benefit from tried and tested situations. Our success means your success. Team Building Activities are most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Building Activities.

Corporate Team Building: A CHRISTMAS PARTY TO REMEMBER!

Corporate Team Building: A CHRISTMAS PARTY TO REMEMBER!

Corporate Team Building: A CHRISTMAS PARTY TO REMEMBER!

So it’s that time of year again and you need to think about what to do for the Company Christmas party. You could book the traditional sit-down meal and disco or you could think outside the box and book a Christmas party with a twist and certainly one to remember for all the right reasons. Instead of having to control how much alcohol people have, why not think about how much fun you can offer your employees by doing something totally different. Give the gift of Corporate Team Building this year and for many more years to come.

A Corporate Team Building Christmas party would be like the gift that keeps on giving. This is because it is recommended that team building events are regular in nature and when we say regular, we mean on a quarterly basis. Every quarter, as a team your Corporate Team Building event would focus on a different value such as trust, communication, conflict resolution or leadership. Each event would be like opening a Pandora’s Box of goodness, which is only going to benefit your team on a longer-term basis.

We all like to have fun at Christmas, especially at the office Christmas Party and there is no better or different way to do this than with a Corporate Team Building event. It wouldn’t just be fun, here at Urban Quest, we can guarantee you that it shall also be exciting and challenging too because you are split into teams of four to six for two and a half hours and become part of a competition that is time-based. Doing so helps to link the Corporate Team Building event with the work environment.

Work environments are full of pressure where there is the challenge of working with different people and personalities, different opinions and ideas and generally lots of deadlines. We have to learn to be patient and tolerant and listen to other employees’ ideas and input. A Corporate Team Building event that is encompassed within a competitive situation is very much like a work environment where there is also the requirement to communicate well, build trust with managers and colleagues and resolve conflicts as they arise. For some, this will also involve leading and managing a team of people.

A Corporate Team Building event provides no real time for planning as you are given problems and challenges and you have to think on your feet and solve them. This means working together and communicating clearly in order to meet the team’s objectives and win the race. Once you have completed the race, you can sit back and enjoy a celebratory drink and debriefing session with your colleagues.

Any Corporate Team Building event has to provide benefit to the company and the team as a whole, not one or the other. Corporate Team Building is most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Corporate Team Building.

Team Building Melbourne: COMPETITION IS THE BEST OPTION!

Team Building Melbourne: COMPETITION IS THE BEST OPTION!

Team Building Melbourne: COMPETITION IS THE BEST OPTION!

You have just completed your strategic plan for the year ahead. One of the objectives of this strategic plan is to implement regular quarterly team building events and activities that mirror real-life workplace issues. Think Team Building Melbourne.

This objective has to be met for all employees within the business, not just a chosen few. You have just under 100 employees and are feeling slightly lost about the direction to take. Your company has never run regular team building events and you have no experience of doing so and are therefore not very sure where to start. Contact Urban Quest Real Life Games! We will fulfil your requirements and meet your needs and here’s why! Think of us for Team Building Melbourne.

As a company, we have a wealth of experience in organizing and running Team Building Melbourne and know what works. Team building activities that are centred around a competition work best because participants have to work within a strict timescale, which means they have to perform under pressure. This type of Team Building is exactly how a workplace is because generally, there are deadlines to meet and usually more than one. Another reason that competition is the best option for Team Building Melbourne is that the team need to work together to meet their expectations and objectives. This again links back to the workplace because good clear communication is required in order for everyone in the team to be understood and play their part in achieving the team’s goals. When we are in a team we rely on others to complete their piece of work accurately and in a timely manner. This is especially important if our piece of work needs to be completed first in the workflow process.

When Team Building Melbourne is part of a competition, teams of five or six people will be given a task that focuses on a particular value. We have already touched on communication but there are also the values of trust, conflict resolution and leadership. The tasks given will link to one of these values with the value chosen being a particular issue currently experienced in the workplace or needing to be improved upon.

It is important to ensure that activities associated with Team Building Melbourne always link back to challenges being experienced in the workplace. Mirroring the workplace as much as possible makes team building activities much more authentic and in keeping with real life. This is important as there really is no point being involved in a competition-based team building activity that has no link to the work environment.

Any Team Building has to provide benefit to the company and the team as a whole, not one or the other. Team Building is most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Building Melbourne.

 

Team Activities Melbourne: TRAIN TEAMS IN TEAMS

Team Activities Melbourne: TRAIN TEAMS IN TEAMS

Team Activities Melbourne: TRAIN TEAMS IN TEAMS

How do you train your employees? Do you just identify what the gaps in their skills and knowledge are and provide targeted training to address these? Sound familiar? Now if I were to ask you how you train your teams, how many of you will answer “well, we don’t train our teams, we just train our employees on an individual basis.” Sound familiar? Now I hear you ask “why would we train our teams because people come as individuals with their own individual training needs and areas for development.” Think Team Activities Melbourne.

 If you expect people to work in teams then it is best to train them in teams. Doing so ensures that the whole team learns together and receives the same consistent message at the same time. The Team that Trains together is the Team that Stays together! Think Team Activities Melbourne.  Here at Urban Quest we recommend that teamwork is better trained in teams with the perfect team size being four (4) to six (6) people, which helps to ensure that everyone is engaged and gets the opportunity to contribute. Of course, you may have teams that are quite large and that’s okay because we shall just break them down into the perfect size for the training. Think Team Activities Melbourne.

Our team building activities focus on one particular value at a time therefore regardless of how many people you have in your team, they will all focus on learning about the same value at the same time. Training teamwork within a team is better because it more closely replicates the work place and the different challenges that will come up that need addressed. It also encourages the individuals within the team to be more authentic and real with each other and feel safe and comfortable to do so. Think Team Activities Melbourne.

Here at Urban Quest, we train teams on what we believe to be the four core values of teamwork, those being communication, trust, conflict resolution and leadership. In order to gain benefit from team building activities, we recommend a long term development plan that is part of your company’s strategic plan. A long-term development plan includes four team building activities throughout the year, which would focus on a different value on each occasion. This helps to ensure that your team building development plan is consistent and regular. This type of development model also helps to ensure that your team is regularly and consistently being trained in a team, regardless of the number of employees you may have working in that team. Think Team Activities Melbourne.

Team Activities Melbourne has to provide benefit to the company and the team as a whole, not one or the other. Team Activities and teamwork are better trained in teams and are most effective when together, individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Activities Melbourne.

Team Building Activities Melbourne: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE!

Team Building Activities Melbourne: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE!

Team Building Activities Melbourne: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE!

Are you thinking about organizing a team building event for your team but not sure what to look for or where to start? How do you select one company over another? What makes one company better than another? How do you know the company you choose will fulfill your requirements and meet your needs? Think Team Building Activities Melbourne. We will fulfill your requirements and meet your needs and here’s why!

Urban Quest Team Building Events is like any other training course or session that you have been on. A pre-course questionnaire should be completed together with an evaluation process upon completion. Team Building Activities Melbourne carried out by Urban Quest Real Life Games focus’ on the long-term strategic plan for your company and your team. Team building is not just a one-off event but a series of regular quarterly activities that address different values and therefore meet different objectives.

Prior to the completion of any Team Building Activities Melbourne, a pre-screening is carried out in order to fully understand what your current challenges and issues are and what you are hoping to achieve from the activity. The pre-screening is carried out for each individual as well as the team as a whole. This is because team members will have their own individual issues that are likely to be impacting on the performance of the team and therefore these also need to be addressed. The information gathered from the pre-screening helps to prioritize the objectives required to be met and achieved from the Team Building Activities Melbourne.

There is a debriefing session held following the completion of Team Building Activities Melbourne. This is a vital part of any training completed as it is important to assess whether the needs and objectives of the activity have been met by both the company and the individual. Did Urban Quest Real Life Games as a service provider meet your objectives and did you as a company and a team, achieve what you set out to do?

It is important that every team member participates in the debriefing session in order to understand what they got out of the event but also to understand what new found skills or knowledge they have and shall take back to the workplace. Think Team Building Activities Melbourne.

 The statistics and data gathered throughout Urban Quest Team Building Events, following the completion of the event, is processed and turned into performance reports. These results are discussed as part of the debriefing session. The reports provide both qualitative and quantitative data, which can be stored and reviewed again prior to the next event. Think Team Building Activities Melbourne.

Team Building Activities Melbourne are most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Building Activities Melbourne.

Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne: Think Urban Quest

Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne: URBAN QUEST IS HERE

Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne: Think Urban Quest

Thinking about organizing a team building event for your team? Then look no further than Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne! We are different and here’s why!

We run team games on the iconic streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District where competing teams of 4-6 try to outsmart each other using technology to guide them during the game. Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne will positively engage and motivate your team whilst addressing the real-life workplace issues that you are experiencing. This is an extremely fun way to build up trust among team members, improve communication skills, help to resolve conflict and build leadership amongst colleagues. The activities range from answering mental questions through to more physical tasks.

 Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne games can be custom designed to meet your needs. We do this by carrying out a pre-screening assessment to fully understand your team’s needs, goals and objectives to ensure the activity is tailored to these. We have over 10 years’ experience in the industry, which allows us to work out the best gameplay options for a memorable experience that will impact on your employees long after the event has been completed.

We run our events using unique software that is run entirely on participants’ smartphones, therefore, there are no piles of papers, maps or lists of tasks to carry around. Our unique software provides us with the ability to view real-time game progress, with results tables and detailed tracking logs, which assesses both team and individual performance. The use of technology within our activities means the experience is highly engaging and interactive as the tasks involve video, audio photos and other kinds of puzzles not available at paper-based events. Think Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne. The use of technology also means that each team member has access to the same information at the same time, which provides an equal opportunity for contribution from all concerned.

Our aim is to create a game atmosphere where team players are fully immersed in the action. Our game atmosphere is also very authentic with the use of skilled actors who are in character, helping to enhance the overall experience. You will not find this type of game format at any paper-based event. We are very confident that the dynamic nature of our events will motivate even the most reluctant of employees to join in, have a memorable time and be glad they attended. Think Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne. At the end of the event, the results are presented, with participants having the opportunity to share their experiences and receive a prize for their efforts.

Amazing Race Team Building Melbourne is most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Building Activities.

Team Building Activities: ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BOND!

Team Building Activities: 'TIS THE SEASON TO BOND!

Team Building Activities: ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BOND!

Christmas is the perfect time to bond as a team but it is also the perfect time to build as well. Everyone is generally in a festive mood and looking forward to some time off work at this time of year. This is also a time when most teams will get together socially for a Christmas party or social function. For some businesses, the workload may start to reduce in the lead up to Christmas, which means there are fewer pressures on employees in the workplace overall. The worries and stresses of work get forgotten as employees kick back and start to relax, leaving the hard work of the year behind them. Employees may also have more time to chat with colleagues and get to know people a little better, which is great for team bonding. Think Team Building Activities!

 It is an ideal and perfect time to evaluate the events of the last year, how the company and the people within have performed, what has been learnt and what has improved. It is also a time when business’ may review and revise existing plans and start to plan for the new year ahead, deciding what the focus will be and the areas for development for teams and individuals. It is a bit like an annual performance development review for the business.

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly and bond socially as a tea, however, it is also the perfect time to do some Team Building Activities. Christmas is generally a time when we will have some fun with colleagues and team members and what better way to do this than Team Building Activities. It could be Christmas-themed Team Building Activities that link to a particular value to focus on as a team. These would include the values of communication, trust, conflict resolution and leadership.

Team Building Activities at Christmas are the perfect time to bond through an event that is competitive in nature, timed and fun. What better gift to give a team than the gift of bonding, which leads to a stronger and more cohesive unit, built on trust and clear communication. Team Building Activities at Christmas ideally should be part of a business’ long-term strategic plan and the last quarterly team building event for the year. Team Building Activities and bonding events could be linked together at this time of year to build on each other’s importance and the message being delivered.

Why not think about Team Building Activities for your team? Give your team the perfect gift this year. The gift of bonding and building a better team for the long-term future of your business. You have nothing to lose! Team Building Activities are most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Building Activities.

Corporate Team Building: ALL IN THE PREPARATION

Corporate Team Building: ALL IN THE PREPARATION

Corporate Team Building: ALL IN THE PREPARATION

Think about Corporate Team Building events you have attended. Was there an expectation as part of the Corporate Team Building event that your team had to complete a pre-screening session prior to the event? Was it a requirement of the training that a questionnaire or interview had to be completed in order to fully understand what your team’s current challenges and issues were and what you and they hoped to achieve from the Corporate Team Building event? It is very common practice as part of attending any training course and should be no different for a Corporate Team Building event. This should be a standard expectation for any team attending and taking part in a Corporate Team Building event or activity.

The whole point of any pre-screening session is to understand why you and the team are looking to attend a Corporate Team Building event, what your current challenges and issues are and what you are hoping to achieve from the activity. The pre-screening needs to be carried out for each individual as well as the team as a whole. This is because team members will have their own individual issues that are likely to be impacting on the performance of the team and therefore also need to be addressed. Addressing individual needs will in turn also help to address the team’s needs. The information provided as part of the pre-screening is important because the Team Building Company shall use this to prepare an activity that fully meets and addresses your overall goals and objectives.

Urban Quest Real Life Games offers a long-term plan to your Corporate Team Building needs, which includes pre-screening and prioritizing objectives processes, debriefing, performance reports and a follow-up procedure after each event. Debriefing after each Team Building event is also equally as important as the pre-screening. This is because it is important to evaluate what you and the team have learnt, both as a wider team but also as individuals. You need to assess whether you have learnt what you set out to learn and whether you have met your Team Building objectives as part of the pre-screening. It is also important that the Corporate Team Building Company understands whether it has been successful in providing you with the training required and to know whether this has met your initial goals and objectives. It is also important to evaluate how you shall take what you have learnt and utilize this back in the workplace. You might also decide to stop some ways of working and introduce new strategies.

Urban Quest Real Life Games uses digital technology as part of their Corporate Team Building events, which allows them to track an individual from a team performance perspective, generate reports and deliver the experience in a much wider variety of activities.

Why not think about Corporate Team Building for your team? You have nothing to lose! Corporate Team Building is most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Corporate Team Building.

Team Building Events: BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

Team Building Events: BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

Team Building Events: BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION

Is there a place for team bonding within your overall team building strategy? Part of the making of any successful team will involve team bonding and therefore, it would be natural to have this as part of any long-term team building strategy. A team and its members need to bond and feel committed to each other in order to be able to communicate effectively and work together. Bonding will take place when a team is forming or when someone leaves and a new person joins. Think Team Building Events.

Bonding is the stage when team members get to know each other and start to build up a relationship. Bonding is more short-term and based on that particular point in time whereas team building is based on a long-term strategy with long-term benefits. However, it is possible for the two to work in harmony with each other. Think Team Building Events.

 If we take the example of a new project team starting out together. You are the manager of that team and part of your role is to ensure you lead the team to achieve the goals of the project. It is of prime importance to get the team to bond together effectively in order to be able to work together for the term of the project. So how are you going to do that? As the manager, you need to ensure the team are aware of the expectations of both them and the project and any rules and policies that they need to abide by. Rules, structure and shared expectations will immediately help to bond the team. Following that you could have regular social events, which could be as simple as a team breakfast or lunch, playing ten pin bowling or even an event that does something to help others, for example, a charity. Think Team Building Events.

 These team bonding events could be linked into your overall team building strategy. Generally, any team building strategy is tied into the culture of the organization and focuses on the long-term benefits. Team Building Events are more effective as part of a regular strategy that focuses on the values of trust, communication, conflict resolution and leadership. Team Building Events are similar to building a house in that each event or level adds to the previous one, which aims to build a strong foundation, which will remain solid even when the going gets tough.

So is there a place for team bonding within your overall team building strategy? Yes, there is, however, it is important to realize that the benefits and return from both are different yet could work in harmony with each other, with the Team Building Events being used as a conduit to discuss and evaluate the previous team bonding session.

 Why not think about Team Building Events for your team? You have nothing to lose!

Team Building Events are most effective when individuals can partake in a competition, have fun and be part of it. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in Team Building Events.