EML are an established event management and logistics specialist, with almost two decades of expertise delivering team building experiences. We offer over 50 mobile workshops and events; each designed to energise, develop and reward your teams. Each event is strategically tailored to meet the objectives of our clients. The mobile nature of our activities has enabled us to work with thousands of organisations, in locations all over the world. We understand what it takes to create a successful event that leads to ongoing team cohesion and growth.
We’ve created this webpage for business owners and management leaders looking to instil a positive mentality within their teams, and gain skilled, high performing individuals to take their business to the next level. On this webpage we’ll cover how team building promotes effective communication and reduces conflict, along with an overview of the key types of team building events and their role in achieving different goals.
To lead an effective and cohesive team, managers must maintain an awareness of how employees and departments interact, and recognise the importance of teamwork in creating a productive and rewarding workplace environment. Teamwork develops when employees build connections through shared positive experiences and achieve common goals together. A unified approach to projects increases efficiency and promotes creativity within teams. However, for this to happen, employees must be equipped with the communication skills required to work in harmony with a diverse range of personalities and skill sets. To reach their full potential, employees must also possess the confidence to contribute new ideas and creative solutions. Confidence grows when individuals feel validated and supported by their team members, overcoming challenges together to create work that everyone is proud of. A culture of positivity and understanding in the workplace promotes loyalty, encourages healthy competition and increases job satisfaction. Team-building activities that focus on relationship building, communication, creative thinking and problem solving, are an effective way for managers to boost morale and professionalism within a team – but only when conducted in a manner that is fun, engaging and memorable for employees.
To be effective, team building activities should be team appropriate, enjoyable and relevant to your goals as an organisation. If an event doesn’t sound fun, it probably won’t have a positive outcome. Free activities are often unrewarding for staff, and take time and organisation to plan. Poorly considered, or poorly conducted team building activities are counterproductive, yield a poor return on investment, or can even damage a manager’s credibility. By comparison, a professionally delivered, quality team building activity is exciting, quantifiable, and can motivate a powerful group realisation that small adaptations in attitude can lead to positive change in the workplace. Businesses that invest in quality team building activities can benefit from the following advantages:
- Enhanced communication, leading to increased efficiency, productivity and revenue.
- Increased creativity and an innovative approach to problem solving
- Increased motivation and morale
- A supportive team spirit that encourages celebration of success and healthy competition.
- Reduced conflict through a better understanding of each other’s differences.
- Identification of candidates suitable for career advancement.
- Creation of a culture that attracts new talent.
A professional team building event management company will offer an extensive choice of activities to suit every budget and preference, with the most rewarding activities taking place outside of the work environment, in locations which bring out the best in your teams.
The success or failure of a team project depends on how effectively members communicate. A good leader always provides clear instructions and ensures team members understand their specific responsibilities and those of their colleagues. The combined talents of a team working together can yield better results than a single individual focusing on the same task. However, the same task performed without effective communication could be a disaster. This is because poor communication leads to misinterpretation of instructions, duplication of work, or time wasted on work that is not needed. Failure to meet deadlines, poorly performing teams and arguments in the workplace can all be indications of poor communication. To overcome these problems, leaders should foster an environment where assumptions are dissuaded and questions are welcomed. This increases knowledge and helps to reduce misunderstandings. Efficiency and performance are increased when team members communicate openly and honestly, adopting a positive approach to problem solving based on facts. Effective communication equips employees with the information they need to remain focused on achieving goals; both when working independently and within groups.
Learning how to communicate effectively requires the following skills:
- Interpersonal Skills - The ability to communication with others using appropriate language, tone and body language.
- Active Listening - Concentrating on understanding the meaning of a message, not just hearing the words.
- Asking Questions - Collating information for clarity and accuracy, while demonstrating interest.
- Empathy & Respect – Respecting the validity of the opinions of others, even when you disagree.
- Appropriate Communication Media – Understanding when to communicate face to face, over the telephone, or digitally, to increase efficiency.
- An Open Mind – Accepting constructive feedback, which is essential for professional growth.
Strong communication skills can be acquired and developed though training. Team members who improve their communication skills become better at interpreting situations, better negotiators and more successful at presenting ideas in the workplace. Investing in training creates employees that add value to your organisation.
Team building activities are designed to highlight the importance of effective communication and teach communication skills. Successful completion of challenges relies on all individuals contributing, providing clear concise instructions, listening and working together.
All individuals have different professional strengths and weaknesses, preferences, backgrounds and habits. Diversity is essential for creating balanced teams, innovation and ingenuity. Teams lack creativity when everyone thinks the same way. However, diversity also creates opportunities for conflict and jealousy in the workplace.
It is human nature to connect with others who support our beliefs and viewpoints. Yet this only highlights the importance of cultivating acceptance and finding common ground. Social activities outside of the work environment help to create friendships and associations that enable teams to maintain respect for each other when workplace disagreements arise.
Team building activities that focus on appreciating and celebrating diverse attributes help employees develop trust in the united capabilities of their team. Trust built on positive communication and acceptance is vital for teams to work effectively.
All organisations experience periods of challenge, brought about by changing market conditions, new competitors entering the marketplace, or the loss of experienced team members. Such periods require all employees to pull together to facilitate expansion, yet this is when staff can feel at their most vulnerable.
Team building can help employees maintain job satisfaction in the following ways:
- Demonstrate to employees you are committed to investing in their future.
- Equip teams with the skills required to handle additional pressure and responsibilities.
- Make staff feel valued and connected to your company’s goals.
- Recognise and reward the dedication and support of your employees.
- Integration of new employees.
- Following a merger or acquisition.
- Following a relocation of premises, or overseas expansion.
- Where teams are highly diverse.
- To ensure remote workers feel supported and connected with other colleagues.
When employees feel valued, supported and connected to their workplace, they are more likely to remain with an organisation.
While all quality team building activities are designed to increase communication and social interaction between team members, there are five main approaches adopted by event managers to provide leaders with a strategic choice.
Valuing the differences of others doesn’t come naturally or easily to everyone. Psychometric tools can be used to promote awareness of different personality types and behaviours. The results of psychometric testing can be used to explain why our assumptions about others are often subjective, based on our own prejudices and experiences.
Myers Briggs and DiSC are two established tools for profiling personality and behaviours. Myers Briggs measures Extraversion, Introversion, Sensing, iNtuition, Thinking, Feeling, Judging and Perceiving. Participants are assigned one of 16 possible personality combinations based on answers to a series of questions. DiSC measures dominance, influence, steadiness and conscientiousness.
In team building sessions, employees discover that all of these personality types are normal within the workplace, and vital for team development. Results are presented in a manner that celebrates the valuable contribution each personality can bring to a team. Employees are encouraged to consider how their behaviour may be perceived by others with different personality traits and how to adapt their behaviour to work more productively with others.
Crucially, employees learn that improving the way they communicate with different personality types helps to break down barriers and antagonism, leading to increased productivity.
Practical exercises, which require team members to collaborate effectively, increase problem solving skills and encourage creative thinking. Construction based activities are an effective way to teach vital project management skills, including:
- Resource management
- Implementation to deadlines
Challenges using Lego are fun, creative and experiential. Play is combined with purpose, to encourage communication, collaboration and team interaction. At EML we have used Lego to design a highly technical management exercise called Lego Architect, an event which requires proactive interaction from all participants. Team members must manage resources and interpret complex plans to construct a detailed Lego building. However, knowledge and resource are split unevenly between the groups, so teams must collaborate to succeed.
The same principles can also be applied to a host of other construction activities; from bridge building, to constructing a working catapult, crane or go kart. Practical exercises enable leaders to gain valuable insights into the working dynamics of a team. The key to success is resisting the temptation to organise everyone into one big team, when in reality, a work environment involves multiple departments working towards an overall company mission. Practical exercises encourage healthy competition while enforcing a collective mind-set and team spirit.
Simulations are an effective way to teach communication skills, increase knowledge and encourage lateral thinking. Simulated scenarios developed around resolving a specific challenge support experiential learning. Skills learned through group experience are more memorable and build shared connections. Useful examples of simulated team building activities include:
- Scavenger & Treasure Hunts – Work together to solve cryptic clues and unlock mysteries to win the prize.
- Detective Training – Interpret information, take accurate records, perform analysis and reach evidence based conclusions to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Directors Cut – Work in teams to write and produce an advert or movie. This event is followed by a rewards ceremony.
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Unless effectively managed, resentment between individuals with different personalities and workstyles can soon lead to conflict in the workplace. Conflict negatively impacts the performance and productivity of entire teams; creating stress, low motivation, low energy and reducing self-esteem.
Conflict resolution activities focus on creating respect for the opinions of others and teaching methods for communicating criticism in a constructive manner. A healthy approach to criticism leads to diverse thinking and problem solving.
Team workshops focus on communication, trust and time management skills. Team activities are performed under evaluation, with ensuing constructive feedback offering practical solutions for when you return to the work environment.
Activities are backed up with psychometrics to provide deeper insights and understanding into team mechanics and behaviours that lead to outstanding teamwork.
Business workshops focus on improving the professional communication skills that enable individuals to exert greater influence and credibility within the workplace. Learning how to adapt the way you communicate to different audiences reduces misunderstandings, and improves sales pitches and message delivery in meetings.
Business workshops offer meaningful training, as they require team members to actively think about their contribution, while also learning from others. Beneficial forms of team building business activities include:
- Team Communication Workshops – Develop group awareness, active listening and leadership skills
- Dragons Den – Teaching product development, sales and marketing strategy and presentation skills
Employees who have experienced poorly managed team building activities may have a negative preconception about team building. The worst examples are not fun, irrelevant to the workplace, embarrassing or simply degrading. It is also important to realise that what is fun for some people could be another’s idea of personal hell, especially where athletics and public performances are involved.
- Never choose activities that humiliate - There is no quicker way to create dissention in a group than to ask team members to discuss what they dislike about each other.
- Don’t violate personal space – Employees are entitled to keep their personal life private and should not be made to perform activities that involve personal contact. Trust falls and activities where equipment is passed from one to another using body parts are not dignified and have no relevance in a professional environment.
- Appropriate socialising – Successful activities allow individuals to build relationships organically, through enjoyable shared experiences they can discuss after the event. Evening activities that include entertainment provide an enjoyable focus for everyone.
An effective team building event should always be focused around achieving company goals. The event must be well organised and take place in a location with the appropriate facilities and services to ensure comfort. Always establish who will be responsible for organising the venue and organising the logistics. Professional execution is vital to maintaining credibility. Choose an established events management company with excellent credentials. A reputable events management company will be happy to provide you with a full agenda detailing all aspects of the proposed event. Videos taken from previous events, case studies and client testimonials will enable you to confirm service quality and assess whether the event management style on offer supports your company ethos.
While a one-off event can be enjoyable and a great way to reward a team, growth within a team requires ongoing reinforcement of the skills learned. A successful team building event provides valuable insights for incorporating into a strategy for development back at the workplace.
Rewarding accomplishments and ongoing achievements provides an incentive for teams to continue to strive for excellence after the event.
Since 2002 EML have been working to bring out the best in teams of all sizes and levels of seniority, across a variety of sectors from small business enterprises to multinational blue-chip organisations. Whether you’re looking to build relationships within a new team, boost morale, prepare a team for a specific challenge, or simply to say thank you to your team for a job well done, EML works with you to create the ideal event to support your business objectives.
Team building events from EML are founded on fun, but focused on achieving. We offer enjoyable and memorable off-site activities that deliver key training initiatives without feeling like a day at the office. Our activities are underpinned with psychometric tools including MBTI, Insights, DiSC and Belbin, to help your teams maximise their strengths and reduce HR resources. Our service includes photos and a video captured during the event, which can be used to promote your activities and reinforce the positive lessons learned.
With over 50 experiences to choose from, from practical exercises to sheer entertainment, we provide a positive and professional service for every budget. Each of our events is conducted and supported by our experienced, industry leading team of practitioners, trainers, coaches and facilitators. If you are seeking a truly unique experience, our design consultants can work with you to create your perfect event, in any location you desire worldwide.
We are proud to have achieved Most Outstanding for Team Building Events at the AI Excellence Awards, and CV Magazine’s award for Best Global Team Building Event Consultancy. We are committed to providing our clients with a positive return on investment; leaving your teams energised, motivated and ready for the next challenge.
At EML, we also provide an event management service to assist with venue sourcing, site visits and booking. We can take care of everything from audio visual hire to arranging transportation, catering and entertainment.
We always ask for feedback after every event to ensure our activities add value to your operations. We are always happy to provide client testimonials, or to place you in contact with clients we have worked with, for an honest appraisal of our services.
Thank you for reading our webpage. To find out more about our exciting range of team building activities, or for further information regarding the benefits of choosing EML, why not give us a call on +44 (0)1905 330 660 to arrange a free consultation.
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