New employees in a company are most likely hesitant to work hand in hand with one another. A lack of interaction can cause conflicts, miscommunication and inefficient work flows. This is the reason why team building is an integral part of any work environment.
Team building refers to unique activities done together by staff members to develop trust and improve their bonding. It allows them to realise how important it is to set aside personal interests and instead look out for one another to achieve a much bigger goal – that of the company.
Below is a list of ideas of team building events that are sure to keep your employees engaged:
The goal: Communication skills
- Pictures of simple shapes
Proper communication in the workplace prevents confusion. This also strengthens the bond between employers and employees. Back-to-Back drawing stresses out the importance of communication at work.
In this activity, employees pair up with one another and sit back to back. Person A holds an image of a simple shape in his/her hand while person B holds a marker and paper. Person A instructs person B on how to draw the image without letting him/her know what the image is. At the end of the game, all pairs are to check which pair produced the closest replica.
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25K Charity Run
The goal: Bonding and stress reduction
One of the best team building event ideas that brings employees together is exercise. Why not organise a 5k charity run? This is a creative way to strengthen workplace relationships outside the typical office setting. Having a 5k charity run also allows your company to raise awareness for cancer or poverty – whatever the cause you’re supporting may be.
Moreover, 5k charity run events promote better health for staff members. As a form of physical activity, such events reduce their stress and help them make better decisions at work.
3Christmas Tree Decorating Contest
The goal: Co-operation and sportsmanship
- Recycled plastic bottles
- Old, unused CDs
During the holidays, allow your staff to experience an enjoyable, competitive activity such as a Christmas tree decorating contest. A holiday contest like this encourages employees to participate and exhibit his/her own creativity to produce a winning outcome.
In this contest, your employees will be subdivided into smaller groups. Each group will be decorating their Christmas tree out of any recycled materials. The winning team would receive a cash prize or get treated for free pizza.
In addition to fostering cooperation, this holiday contest emphasises good sportsmanship. Not everyone literally wins but the good part is that a wonderful accomplishment has been made.
The goal: Celebrate differences
Organising an exciting karaoke night for your team allows each member to let loose and celebrate everyone’s individuality.
Some employees are simply hesitant to let their guard down for fear of unacceptance. However, being vulnerable isn’t as scary as one makes it out to be.
After all, singing with team members from work is a great way to hang out. There are no rules and no pressure. And who knows, amazing talents get discovered. There’s definitely something awesome to reminisce the next day at the office.
The goal: Collaboration, creativity, and efficiency
- Different objects
- Clues or riddles
The Scavenger Hunt is another team building game that compels team members to work well together under time pressure. In this game, you’ll be dividing your staff into subgroups. All subgroups are challenged to find a list of items within a limited time frame. Set your timer to a desired number of minutes.
You can leave clues and riddles to encourage your employees to use their creativity. The team that brings the most items on the list wins.
6A Truth And A Lie
The goal: Get to know each other better
- Sheets of paper
A Truth And A Lie is a highly popular team building activity that enables members to get to know each other better so they’ll feel more at ease with interacting at work. This fun game is usually organised for new team members to break the ice.
New employees are to gather together in one circle. Each one will write two sentences on a sheet of paper. These two sentences are anything employees want to say about themselves. Sentence one is a lie and sentence two is the truth.
Each employee will be saying out out what he/she has written on paper. The rest will decide which sentence is a lie and which one is not. Those who guessed correctly get one point. The person who gets the most number of points wins.
The goal: Planning and creativity
Find an open space where your staff members can gather. Divide them into smaller groups. Their challenge is to form words (with three to four letters) using their bodies within a specified time.
A fast-paced and challenging activity, Human Shapes compels teams to produce great outcomes based on their planning. As we all can agree, planning in the workplace is essential to deliver good, timely results.
There are still more office team building ideas you can try out. These are just a few of the best ones. Indeed, team building is something that organisations, regardless of their size, shouldn’t miss.
From enhancing communication to proper planning, team building activities bring out the best in every employee, break barriers, and bring success.
The New Rules Of Customer Experience
Intelligent Experience Economy will change the rules of customer experience.
Our report identifies five rules organisations can follow to reimagine the customer experience in the ‘Intelligent Experience Economy’. These rules are the action that organisations need to take if they want to be successful in this new era:
1. Make the customer journey your new chain
Most executives understand the importance of CX and have some form of customer strategy to address it. However, the ‘Intelligent Experience Economy’ calls for significant action. Organisations will need to develop an enterprise-wide customer journey. Creating a common language and taxonomy around the customer that is universally adopted will spur CX transformation at scale and embed the customer in the core of the organisational culture.
2. Embed AI in the Customer Experience
Our research confirms that businesses understand the critical and still growing importance of ‘big data’ and analytics. However, having an analytics function. AI will be the dominant capability enabling companies to reimagine the CX in the ‘Intelligent Experience Economy’. Embedding AI in the CX is a great opportunity for organisations. It can enable easier communication with customers, speed up transaction times, personalise customer experiences and significantly reduce customer service costs. Furthermore, organisations that have embedded AI will have unique access to customer data.
3. Connect Customer Experience to real value
Customer metrics are now commonplace in businesses. Although the metric is important, too many businesses see it as the end point instead of the starting point. CCOs assessing their CX transformation efforts must take into account how mature their organisation’s CX measurement maturity is.
For many, CX measurement is still immature – actively listening to customers and collecting feedback, but not taking action with CX initiatives. Organisations should develop real-time customer metrics.
4. Let the COO drive Customer Experience Change
The role of the COO needs to evolve if organisations are to execute on their ambitious goals for their CX visions in the next few years. The role of the COO will need to shift from ‘measuring the CX’ to being directive on the priorities to drive CX change. In order to be more directive, end-to-end capabilities will be needed within the organisations, framed around journey stages.
5. Ignite the core
To create real CX transformation – the COO cannot be successful alone. The challenge is about ‘igniting the core’ around CX. To ‘ignite the core’ organisations need to spread the CX vision with all leaders, managers, frontline employees and back office employees alike. Furthermore, organisations will have to establish partnerships across the value chain – including UX/CX experts, data analysis, AI architects, app developers, as well as project delivery partners.
How can organisations execute the customer experience?
In order to be a leading customer experience organisation, companies will need to execute the customer experience at scale across the organisation. Customer strategy execution is transformational in nature and requires new capabilities, new ways of working and an entire organisation to be fully behind the new vision.
How To Immigrate With Your Family By Starting A Business In The UK
The simple way to make your entrepreneurial dreams come true in the UK.
Many people, especially those with families, are reluctant to up sticks and move to the UK. These would-be movers are often worried that they will not be able to secure employment in the hugely competitive UK job market. This source of stress alone is enough to discourage some from pursuing their dreams of living in the UK. But, there is an innovative and accessible solution.
The UK has several visa classes aimed at individuals who wish to invest in the country. These give an individual the right to live and work in the UK with their families, if they make a defined investment. A visa that interests South Africans is the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. We have developed our UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Investment Programme to help South Africans looking to immigrate to the UK alone, or with their families.
The basics of the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
To be awarded a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, you will need to invest at least R3,5 million (£200,000) in an existing UK business or one you start up. There are certain other requirements, but these are not particularly onerous, and most investors will qualify if they submit their application correctly.
The entrepreneur visa allows you to live and work in the UK, and take dependant family members with you, defined as your partner and your child under 18. If you have the capital, or are willing to liquidate your assets in South Africa to raise it, the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa is a great way to relocate your entire family to the UK.
Do note: You will need to make specific applications for each dependant, so it is vital you consult with an immigration expert before beginning the application process.
You’re not just immigrating, you’re investing in the UK
By starting or investing in a UK business as part of our programme, you will be granted the right to live and work in the UK, and earn an income from that business.
The business you invest in will want you to play an active role, not just contribute seed capital. If you want to invest in a business without being an active director you will be allowed to do so, but you may not be eligible for the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.
Another restriction is that you cannot hold this visa and work for a business other than the one you are invested in. But, your partner will be allowed to work in whatever field he or she pleases.
How do you choose the right business to invest in?
There is always an element of risk when investing in a foreign business, particularly when you’re thirteen thousand kilometres away from the country you’re investing in. It’s important to understand exactly what you’re investing in before you take the plunge.
That’s why our UK Tier 1 Entrepreneur Investment Programme is hugely beneficial. It matches your investment capital with a pre-approved investee business. We’ll make sure that your skills are matched with an appropriate venture so you can be an active director of that business.
We’ll also handle your visa applications, providing you with a comprehensive immigration and investment solution. Our partner’s list of investee businesses is over 200 strong, giving you an array of choices in various industries. This allows us to pair you with the business that best suits your investment goals and skills.
But what if you have a successful business in South Africa?
It’s no secret — emigrating from South Africa is difficult for many families who have deep roots and thriving operations. There’s no reason why you can’t keep your business in South Africa as well as relocate to the UK.
Nothing restricts a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa holder from owning and overseeing businesses in other countries while they are on this visa. Many clients choose to relocate to the UK while ensuring that their original business continues to operate. In this way, you will be supplementing the income from your UK investment with revenue generated by your South African business.
You can hold British and South African passports if you apply for your British citizenship in the correct manner. You must obtain permission from Home Affairs in South Africa to avoid having your citizenship revoked. Retaining your South African citizenship will make it much easier for you to continue running a business here.
Talk to us today
There are compelling reasons to move to the UK — a brighter future for your children and a more stable country in which to retire. Our comprehensive solution will ensure you get the most out of your relocation.
If you’re thinking of immigrating to the UK or investing offshore — either or both — we can help.
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