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7 Team Building Ideas To Create An Engaged Team

Below is a list of ideas of team building events that are sure to keep your employees engaged.

Harald Merckel

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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:

1Back-to-Back Drawing

The goal: Communication skills

Materials needed:

  • Papers
  • Markers
  • 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.

Related: Team Building Without Time Wasting

25K Charity Run 

The goal: Bonding and stress reduction

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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

Materials needed:

  • Recycled plastic bottles
  • Yarns/ribbons
  • Paint
  • Old, unused CDs
  • Etc

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. 

Related: 7 Steps To Building An Inspired Team That Achieves Amazing Results

4Karaoke Night

The goal: Celebrate differences

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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.

5Scavenger Hunt 

The goal: Collaboration, creativity, and efficiency

Materials needed:

  • 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.

Related: Blend These 7 Personality Types When Building Your Executive Team

6A Truth And A Lie

The goal: Get to know each other better

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Materials needed:

  • Pens
  • 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.

7Human Shapes

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.

Harald Merckel is a freelance writer whose primary focuses are business, e-gaming and marketing. Although he loves tech gadgetry as much as the next guy, Merkel prefers to write with pen on paper. Merkel has a B.A. in Business and Communication from HWR-Berlin, where he was active in the Studentenwerk Berlin organisation. He has been a proud Berlin resident since the late 1990s.

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Two 20 Year Olds Reshape Entrepreneur Landscape With New Social Investment Platform

The Merge vision is to become the ‘go to’, digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors, and to truly make a difference in the world.

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It’s no secret that finding the right investor for your venture is a challenge that most entrepreneurs face. The current process of finding investment is one that is outdated, and limits entrepreneurs due to a lack of time, and network that is needed to find the right investor. But, this doesn’t have to be the case in today’s digital society, says Zander Matthee and Brandon Bate, co-founders of Merge.

“By making the Internet the middleman, we are able to connect with each other much simpler and faster than before” was Zander’s response. “We have taken advantage of this, and have created a digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors” added Brandon.

Merge is a social platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors. It aims to simplify, refine and accelerate the process of finding investment for entrepreneurs, and the process of finding investment opportunities for investors. From idea to developed, the platform allows entrepreneurs to present a brief outline of their venture to a network of all investor types. While doing this, entrepreneurs are able to browse through, and connect with investor profiles that suit their requirements.

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From Private Investors to Venture Capital, and everything in between, Merge allows all investor types to join. Investors have the opportunity to personalise their feed to suit their investment preferences, and will be able to connect with innovative businesses – that are looking for investment – at their fingertips. Only once there is a mutual interest in each other, are users able to enter a secure private chat where they can discuss further and share documents under the protection of a digital NDA.

The two boys became good friends during their time in high school at St Stithians Boys College. However, it was only in their last year, 2016, that they decided to pursue their dreams and create the platform. They didn’t know how to code, so rather ironically, they needed some form of investment to get the platform off the ground.

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“We knew we had a mountain to climb, but we believed in our vision and that we were really trying to make a difference, and if we could get others to see that, they would be onboard.” said Zander.

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Chris Peters is one of these individuals that bought into their vision, and became Merge’s first investor. As a successful entrepreneur and part time investor , Chris saw how much value the platform could bring to all entrepreneurs and investors alike. His marketing and strategic background gave him insight into how Merge could play a vital role in a lucrative space, Brand involvement.

“Entrepreneurship and SME development are two key factors that drive economic growth in developing countries like South Africa. That is why brands are currently getting involved, and looking to support entrepreneurs through various means. We have built a platform that allows these brands to successfully market, and execute on the programmes they have created to assist entrepreneurs.” said Chris

Merge was created to assist all entrepreneurs and investors in finding exactly what they are looking for, regardless of age, race, sex, financial position or social status. That is why anybody can sign-up as an entrepreneur. As long as you are determined and willing to work for your dreams. For too long has the investor space been seen as an “elite club for the select few”, and Merge is here to change that. Whether you’ve gotten your bonus at the end of the year and looking for new investment opportunities, or are an active investor, you can sign-up. Whether you’re currently working, or a retired industry leader, you can join as a mentor.

Their vision is to become the ‘go to’, digital meeting place for entrepreneurs and investors, and to truly make a difference in the world.

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How Lexus Is Emphasising Quality And Taking Craftsmanship To New Heights

The seventh generation Lexus ES is crafted to the last millimetre and is the essence of comfort​.

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The seventh generation Lexus ES ushers in an era of performance, mirrored by design that stirs the soul. The exceptional body rigidity allows for incredible design freedom, resulting in design that has the confidence to stand out. The brave new design that is lower, wider and sleeker, giving this sedan a coupé-like silhouette.

The 2018 Lexus ES range has no space for mediocrity – every vehicle excels and provokes. The petrol ES 250 EX and hybrid ES 300H SE set a standard of excellence with unparalleled levels of sophistication, elegance and performance. The Lexus ES range places all available performance in the driver’s hands for an intimate experience. It is performance that can be heard and felt.

The new Lexus ES has a profile that is impossible to ignore. The striking signature spindle grille is a significant feature, a sculpted form that speaks of inherited architecture and meticulous craftsmanship. It is the embodiment of provocative elegance, of finesse and sophistication.

Every curve builds from the grille. Athletic headlights flow from the spindle grille, emphasising the sleek lines of the three-dimensional front-end while tracing the outline of the lowered roofline.

The Lexus Takumi craftsmen embody the quest for perfection by carefully refining design elements. Boldness is balanced with elegance, and innovative design characteristics are made possible by the new chassis platform that allows the New Generation ES to be longer, wider and more spacious than ever before, but with a sleeker and lower silhouette. The fastback roofline captures the glamour of a coupé and emphasises the low stance, while the interior roominess is all premium sedan.

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The meticulous attention to detail of the Lexus Takumi craftsmen is evident in every inch of the Lexus ES interior. In a physical manifestation of Omotenashi, the Japanese philosophy of warm hospitality where your every need is anticipated and catered for, the Lexus ES offers a personal comfort zone, an escape from the ordinary.

The ES seduces you with details such as embossed stitching on semi-aniline leather-trimmed* seating and real wood trim*. The door panels flow into the instrument console, creating a sense of spaciousness, and at the same time placing all controls of the navigation*, Multi-information and entertainment systems within your grasp, while all driving related functions, as well as those for communication, are controlled from the leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Define your own personal climate with automatic dual zone climate control. The innovative nanoe air-purifiers cleanse the air and moisturise your skin, which is why stepping out of the new Lexus ES, is just as invigorating as stepping into it.

For further individual comfort, the front seats of all ES models have adjustable lumbar support, with standard heated and ventilated seats.

At Lexus safety is of paramount importance, which is why the new Lexus ES features the most advanced passive and active safety and driver support systems available. This is the most technologically advanced Lexus ES ever, with traditional measures of comfort merged with cutting-edge technology for all-encompassing driving pleasure.

* Available on ES 300H only

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Rethinking Learning In The 21st Century

The changing world of work has disrupted the three elements of the traditional ‘career’: Expertise, duration, and rewards.

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Traditionally the concept of a ‘career’ was considered to include three elements:

  1. A career represented our expertise, our profession, and ultimately our identity.
  2. A career was something that built over time and endured. It gave us the opportunity to progress and advance.
  3. A career gave us financial and psychological rewards. It made life meaningful and paid us enough to live well.

The changing world of work has disrupted all three elements: Expertise, duration, and rewards.

A career can now be as long as 60 years; at the same time, due to rapid advancements in technology and the changes that bring about in the workplace, skill sets can become obsolete in as little as five years.

Increasingly, companies need to rethink the way in which careers are managed and learning opportunities are delivered, and many have already begun to overhaul their career models and L&D (Learning and Development) infrastructure in line with the digital age.

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Employees’ learning behaviour is also changing. In the past, employees were able to obtain the skills required for their career early on and as a once-off; now, the career itself is a journey of learning, up-skilling, re-skilling and continuous reinvention to remain relevant and to thrive in the changing world of work.

Older employees who studied at a time where most of one’s learning occurred prior to entering the workplace, find themselves working alongside millennials who place greater value on learning and progression rather than on earning potential as a first priority.

Eighty-three percent of the respondents surveyed in Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends survey say their organisations are shifting to flexible, open career models that offer enriching assignments, projects, and experiences rather than a static career progression.

However, in today’s fast-paced business world, even if companies are restructuring L&D delivery, no one is going to make you engage in a strategy that is essential to your future success – continuous learning. You will have to take the initiative yourself.

Noted self-help expert W. Clement Stone, in his many writings on this topic, recommended that one spends anywhere from a half-hour to two hours a day in study and thinking time. This tireless dedication, combined with an insatiable curiosity, will equip you to excel in the future world of work. What’s more, learning new skills and knowledge can be fun!

The good news for both companies and for employees is that an explosion of high-quality content and digital delivery models offers employees ready access to continuous learning. The Wits DigitalCampus offers a range of accredited and fully online short courses to support your continuous learning.

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