Team Building Activities: FUEL FOR YOUR TEAM!

Team Building Activities: FUEL FOR YOUR TEAM!

When you hear the term team building, what does it mean to you? How would you define team building? What images does team building conjure up for you? Think Team Building Activities.

Team building, as defined by Wikipedia states:-

Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. It is distinct from team training, which is designed by a combination of functional managers to improve the efficiency, rather than interpersonal relations”. Think Team Building Activities that help to build trust within your team.

 We don’t disagree with that definition however here at Urban Quest we believe team building is so much more than that. We believe that team building needs to become part of the culture. Any company investing in Team Building Activities should have a team building plan that delivers long-term behaviour change that results in a more efficient and productive culture whilst increasing business performance. In order to change, we must change. Only when we change shall we see the benefit of change. A famous quote by Mahatma Gandi told us that:-

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”

What he was really saying is that if you wish to have a positive destiny, you need to have positive beliefs. The same can be applied to your team. If you wish to have a team that has positive thoughts, words, actions, habits and values, then you need to feed that team with the right ingredients and that doesn’t mean just sticking a band-aid on with a one-day-out-of-the-office-per-year approach.

The right ingredients mean on a regular long-term basis, where quarterly Team Building Activities are budgeted for as part of your People Strategy and are an accepted cultural norm. Therefore, Team Building Activities need to be part of a plan that provides continuity and consistency. Any behaviour, either good or bad will only become a habit with continuity and consistency. Positive behaviours and habits will generally bring positive results.

If we think about continuity and consistency as part of an exercise routine, the more consistent we are in continuing with the exercise routine, the more likely we are to see positive results. You can only become fitter and healthier. Team Building Activities are very similar. A team can only become fitter and stronger as a result of Team Building Activities.

Why not think about Team Building Activities for your team? 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 Melbourne.

Team Building Melbourne: COLLABORATION WINS THE DAY!

 

Team Building Melbourne: COLLABORATION WINS THE DAY!

Team Building Melbourne: COLLABORATION WINS THE DAY!

Think about the best team you have ever worked in. What was it about that team that made it great? What’s the first thing that comes into your head when you think about that team? How did that team make you feel? Why did it make you feel the way it did? Perhaps you felt valued and important, a cog in a wheel that was successful when you all collaborated and worked together. You maybe also felt committed and motivated and bounced out of bed every morning feeling energized and excited about going to work. Think Team Building Melbourne.

Research has found that employees value a collaborative work environment twice as much compared to other rewards and benefits they may receive. In a recent online article from www.hongkiat.com it talked about the five characteristics of a positive work environment. It stated that ‘a positive work environment makes employees feel good about coming to work and provides the motivation to sustain them throughout the day”. Think Team Building Melbourne. Amongst the five characteristics discussed was a strong team spirit, which in tougher times, helps keep the team together and come up with solutions to resolve the issues being faced. A strong team spirit builds a collaborative and cohesive work environment, which helps teams work together to achieve the same goal. A collaborative and cohesive team and work environment help people look beyond their differences and use each other’s strengths to achieve the desired outcomes. Think Team Building Melbourne.

 Building a collaborative and cohesive work environment needs to start at the top of the organization in order to become part of the cultural norm. Some areas to focus on are clearly communicating expectations, setting team goals and encouraging a creative atmosphere where employees feel comfortable to question and brainstorm without being judged. Building cohesion also involves getting team members involved in helping make the big decisions affecting the company and regularly communicating their daily goals and objectives. It is important to play to peoples strengths, which will increase the positivity within the team and also help to reward both team and individual successes. These are just the everyday strategies you should be following and are just the tip of the iceberg. It is also important to have a longer-term strategy too. Think Team Building Melbourne.

How, as a leader of people, can you achieve a collaborative and cohesive work environment that becomes part of the cultural norm? Think Team Building Melbourne. Introducing regular quarterly activities that focus on trust, communication, conflict resolution and leadership will really help to cement a culture that is collaborative and cohesive and one that works together for the overall goals and objectives of both individuals and the company as a whole. Think Team Building Melbourne.

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.

Corporate Team Building: HOW TO BOOST ROI WITH TEAM BUILDING

Corporate Team Building: HOW TO LEVERAGE ROI WITH TEAM BUILDING

Corporate Team Building: HOW TO BOOST ROI WITH TEAM BUILDING

Why do businesses do what they do? Why do entrepreneurs do what they do? Why does anyone do what they do? Generally, it is because there is an interest, a dream or a passion behind the wheel of the idea, the innovation, the goal or the objective. What do people hope to achieve from their dream or their passion and do they really know the answer to that? If we were to sit Richard Branson down and ask him what he hoped to achieve all those years ago when he started Virgin Airlines I wonder what his answer would be.

Businesses are like people, we all evolve and we all evolve at a different pace and will only do so when the time is right. Generally, businesses have a 5 to 10-year strategic plan that is then broken down into corporate objectives for each year of the plan. Company culture and people NEED to be part of that plan. Think Corporate Team Building.

One thing that all businesses have in common is that they are seeking a return on investment (ROI). This seems reasonable as whatever we invest in, it is normal to expect a return. Whether that is education, career or health, we all want a return. The level of return and how we measure this shall be different to us all. From an employer’s perspective, if we invest in employees we expect to receive a return. Think Corporate Team Building.

What if you implemented a long-term team building strategy that gave you 10 to 1 ROI? Sounds pretty exciting doesn’t it and no, it’s not too good to be true however you do need to be prepared to put in the hard yards up-front in order to reap rewards.

Think about some teams that you have worked in. What made those teams great? Generally what makes teams great is the people within the team, the camaraderie, the collaborative approach to the achievement of the goal and everyone being committed and focused on the same outcome. One team, one goal. How do I achieve that kind of team environment, I hear you ask? By investing in that team. Think Corporate Team Building.

Employees nowadays are not always looking for financial rewards and benefits but do value being invested in with regards to skill development and having a sense of belonging. The most successful teams are those that have honesty, respect, trust and a level of cohesiveness that can only be achieved through regular investment in the company culture and the people working within it. Regular quarterly team building events are recommended in order to ensure a consistent focus, where each activity builds on the previous one. A team is like a house, you want it to have a strong foundation in order to withstand whatever comes its way.

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.

Corporate Team Building: HOW TEAM BUILDING AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINE

Corporate Team Building: HOW TEAM BUILDING AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINE

Corporate Team Building: HOW TEAM BUILDING AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINE

As employers and business owners, we all like to think that our company provides a positive and motivating environment for the people we employ. But how do we actually ensure this is the case? Think Corporate Team Building.

It is no secret that improving workplace morale costs time and money, however, we also know that we need to spend money to make money. Spending time and money on workplace morale needs to be viewed as an investment. Employees are a bit like a garden. You need to regularly water and feed that garden in order to ensure it grows and prospers and that the tiny seedlings evolve into knowledgeable and wise trees.

Doing so will provide you with a greater return on your investment with the benefits being improved products, services and ultimately profit. Therefore spending time and money on improving workplace morale is an investment in your most expensive asset that provides a service to your customers, is innovative enough to create new products and if really committed and motivated, will help to drive your business forward to its next level of success. Think Corporate Team Building.

Every employer should have a retention strategy that aims to help reduce employee turnover and retain employees for the long term. Imagine if you could have a retention strategy that was able to reduce employee resignations by 10% per annum? Businesses would save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Amongst the areas that might be considered as part of the retention strategy should be the onboarding process and providing the new employee with a mentor to refer to throughout this process, a competitive remuneration, compensation and benefits package, a recognition and rewards system that provides innovative ways to say thank you, a career development program and team-centered plans. Think Corporate Team Building.

Corporate Team Building plans and strategies will help to build a culture of collaboration where members will be openly aware of each others’ strengths and work with these to achieve the goals and objectives required.

Of course, all of the above areas are important as these build on each other to help reduce employee turnover but it is what we decide to do to maintain the retention strategy that is vital to the continued performance and success of a team. Bruce Tuckman found that a team has four stages of formation, which are forming, storming, norming and performing.

Once that last stage is achieved, it is important not to lose focus but to seize the opportunity to take the team to the next level through quarterly Corporate Team Building activities. These can target particular values including trust, communication, conflict resolution or leadership and will only work to enhance the relationship that already exists within the team.

Teamwork is fostered by respecting, encouraging, enthusing and caring for people. Corporate Team Building activities will help to continue to build on these behaviours. Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest, who are well versed in successful Corporate Team Building.

Team Building Activities Melbourne: INDIRECT COSTS OF REPLACING EMPLOYEES

Team Building Activities Melbourne: INDIRECT COSTS OF REPLACING EMPLOYEES

Team Building Activities Melbourne: INDIRECT COSTS OF REPLACING EMPLOYEES

 

You are in the middle of a lovely dream which pictures you working in a company where employees are happy and don’t leave. You work in a high performing team, which the Company has invested in with quarterly Team Building Activities, which have helped to build on the foundations that were already there. Then you woke up!

When an employee resigns we are generally like robots and just automatically go into recruitment mode to find a replacement, which, if rushed, can mean we just put a bottom on a seat and don’t actually recruit the right person for the role. We can be so fixated with filling a vacancy in a short space of time that we risk recruiting someone who doesn’t fully meet the criteria. Does this sound familiar? What if employees didn’t resign? What if there was a mechanism that encouraged employees to stay, which was built around strengthening relationships and Team Building Activities?

Recently we talked about the direct costs of employee turnover but what about the indirect costs? Most companies don’t give the indirect costs a second thought but after reading what they are, you just might. The indirect costs include reduced productivity levels from the team whilst there is a vacancy and also whilst training, which has an impact on income and profit margins. Don’t forget the team member who is carrying out the training as their productivity levels will also be impacted.

Consideration should also be given to the financial value of the time that is used to find and hire a replacement employee together with the negative impact on colleagues and customers when an employee leaves. Some of the negative impacts may include missed deadlines and interruptions to workflows, which not only cause stress to all involved but have a knock-on effect to the wider team and ultimately, the company’s reputation.

Morale and culture are also likely to be affected and once so, can become a bit like a mini-epidemic with toxicity spreading throughout the workplace. If you were being provided with a solution to help you become an employer of choice, what would you do? Think Team Building Melbourne!

When an employee leaves their knowledge leaves with them. You cannot put a price on knowledge and experience but if an employee has been with the Company 10 years, it is 10 years’ worth of Company knowledge and experience walking out the door!

Are you a business owner or manager reading this and wishing you could turn back time and do things differently? Do you want help to do things differently? Think Team Building Melbourne!

We are living in a knowledge economy where the primary profit lever is people and therefore companies must take seriously their responsibility to manage this asset. What this means is that companies need to start viewing employees as a resource rather than a cost. What do we do with resources? We invest in them. For help with innovative solutions to invest in your people, talk to your friends here at Urban Quest who are well versed in providing Team Building Activities Melbourne!

Team Building Activities: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REPLACE AN EMPLOYEE?

Team Building Activities: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REPLACE AN EMPLOYEE?

Team Building Activities: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REPLACE AN EMPLOYEE?

As a manager or business owner, what is the first thing you think about when an employee resigns? Finding a replacement within a short window of time, having so much to do already and then having to factor a recruitment process in to your already demanding workload. Of course you then have to wait six to 12 months before the new employee is fully up to speed and competent and capable in the job role. Does this sound familiar? Wish you had done something differently that would have provided a more cohesive team through various Team Building Activities?

What about the costs associated with losing a team member? There are actually quite a lot with some being less obvious than others. The direct costs of employee turnover include the recruitment process, which, when broken down involves reviewing the job role requirements, writing a revised position description and advertisement, shortlisting applications, interviewing, carrying out any selections tests or job previews, taking up references, producing all the paperwork associated with the new employee and inducting the new employee into the company and the job role, including all the training required to perform the role. Equipment and tools together with uniforms may also need to be provided. Overtime costs may also be incurred due to the remaining team members having to cover the extra workload.

Do you want help to do things differently? Think Team Building Melbourne!

Recent studies by the Centre of American Progress found that it typically costs a business around 20% of an employee’s salary to replace them with the cost differing significantly depending on the job role. Research has found that the higher up the organization a position is, the higher the costs are to replace them, which does make sense. If, as part of the recruitment process, a Recruitment Agency is engaged, this will have a significant impact on costs. The bigger the salary the more expensive the recruitment costs will be.

What if companies invested those costs in Team Building Activities?

A lot of companies nowadays are realizing that team relationships are important to employee retention and are finding benefit in Corporate Team Building Activities. What if part of a company’s people strategy involved Corporate Team Building Activities on a quarterly basis that gets teams out of the office but working together on a particular value such as trust, communication, conflict resolution or leadership?

What if these Team Building Activities were actually working on a deeper level to increase employee retention through building deeper professional relationships that build longer-lasting and more effective teams?

What if these Team Building Activities enabled teams to build a level of trust where honesty and transparency were second nature and no one ever got offended? Anything is possible with a little help from your friends here at Urban Quest who are well versed in providing Team Building Melbourne!

Team Building Melbourne: 5 KEY FACTORS TO A SUCCESSFUL TEAM BUILDING

Team Building Melbourne: 5 KEY FACTORS TO A SUCCESSFUL TEAM BUILDING

Team Building Melbourne: 5 KEY FACTORS TO A SUCCESSFUL TEAM BUILDING

Building and developing teams that can understand each other and collaborate effectively make significant differences to any company’s bottom line – higher retention rates, higher levels of satisfaction, and increased quality of work. Real team building events should provide effective, long-term results on team development, more so than conventional team building activities such as cooking classes or wine tastings.

  1. EXPERIENTIAL CHALLENGES THAT ADDRESS REAL-WORLD WORKPLACE ISSUES

Challenges should be real but when served in a game form they provide opportunities for your staff to practice essential skills that can then transfer to the workplace. Working under the pressure of time, they’ll have to use the best of their skills in communication, leadership, and conflict resolution – creating mutual success both at an event and at work.

  1. SAFER OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIMENT AND GO OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Make sure your planned team building event has got plenty of opportunities for your staff to try different approaches in a fun & relatively lower-stress environment. Mistakes and missteps are okay here – at least you’ve learned something new!

  1. GAMES CUSTOMISED TO THE NEEDS OF YOUR ORGANISATION

No team building event is one-size-fits-all. Each event should cater to the specific challenges and opportunities of your workplace – helping your staff see issues from a fresh perspective and gain insight on resolving them for a greater success.

  1. RELATIONSHIPS-BASED TEAM FORMATION

The planning phase of your event should involve an assessment process. That will make sure the groups are formed to solve the problems that are relationship-based rather than task-based. Your staff can better understand each other and the way they work – building stronger relationships that continue back in the office.

  1. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR EXPERIENCE-BUILDING AND ASSESSMENTS

It’s very rare but there are some team building companies that are equipped with the latest technology to provide not just an innovative event experience that’s easily accessible using modern smartphones – it also has the ability to track both an individual’s and a team’s performance, gaining invaluable data and generating insights that can help with further assessment processes at work.

Urban Quest Real Life Games is the events company that ticks all the boxes from above.

Talk to us about how we can help you to build your company’s team for greater corporate success!

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6 REASONS TEAM BUILDING IS WHAT YOUR TEAM NEEDS

6 REASONS TEAM BUILDING IS WHAT YOUR TEAM NEEDS

6 REASONS TEAM BUILDING IS WHAT YOUR TEAM NEEDS

A recent scientific study has proven that individuals, usually from corporate and business backgrounds, acquired better skills when they were developed through the form of a game and the learning process was based on the participant’s emotions.

With Urban Quest, the findings of the study mentioned above can be realized through an event designed in the form of a real-life game; here’s how:

  • Urban Quest gives you the perfect opportunity to see your people in tricky situations, in a non-office, real-life environment.
  • Depending on the objective of the event, specific game mechanics are chosen to make participants think out of the box and react quickly.
  • Urban Quest’s unconventional game tasks and time limit pressure will compel participants to show their real traits and natural reactions.
  • Depending on how participants are split into teams, working together allows the achievement of an endless number of objectives, improving team cohesion etc.
  • A healthy competitive atmosphere helps participants to switch into “doing my best” mode, which is an essential part of an effective worker’s character.
  • Your team will always appreciate your efforts for organizing something not as mundane and trivial as another pub crawl.

Ultimately, with the help of Urban Quest, challenging your team outside of the office will make them more efficient inside it!

4 ROCK-SOLID RESEARCH-BASED FACTS THAT TEAM WORK IS THE KEY IN YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESS

4 ROCK-SOLID RESEARCH-BASED FACTS THAT TEAM WORK IS THE KEY IN YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESS

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Team building, as the name suggests, aimed at building strong cohesion in teams bringing the team work to the next level. But how does improved teamwork affect your bottom-line?

Let’s look at the cold hard, measured and proved facts*, not conclusions:

1) “Retention increases up to 800% if humour is used when presenting.”

– Avner Ziv, Ph.D., Contemporary Educational Psychology.

2) “Organizations that communicate effectively are 4.5x more likely to retain the best people.”

-Watson Wyatt, Worldwide Consulting Firm

3) “U.S. companies lose $3 billion a year to the effects of negative attitudes at work.”

-The U. S. Bureau of Labour Statistics

4)“60% of executives listed lack of collaboration as one of their top leadership challenges.”

– American Management Association

So, the equation is pretty simple: Team Building Strategy -> Improved Team Work -> Highly Efficient Business

Urban Quest Real Life Games is the events company that makes that equation work.

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*US-based research