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Team Building Ideas for The Office

May 2020

Fun Team Building Ideas

Team building. We all know that it’s a useful way to learn more about each other and develop our skills. But we also all know that, when done wrong, team building can be an eye-roll inducing test of endurance that sees you wishing the day away and learning pretty much nothing about yourself or others.

If you’ve been tasked with planning team building activities for the workplace, there’s no doubt that you will be acutely aware of this fact. And the reason you’re here is you’re stuck for ideas or inspiration, and you’re keen to make sure your efforts hit the mark.

To help and inspire you, we’ve put together a huge list of ideas for work. The first section of this article will focus on team building activities that can be carried out in-house. These are generally shorter, require less resources and can be applied to a whole range of scenarios. In the second part of the article, we’ll look at some bigger, meatier team building activities that can be carried out as part of an away day, conference or meeting.

Across all these team building ideas, we’ll take care to relate them to the types of skills they will focus on and the benefits employees will be able to carry on through the workplace.
Ready? Let’s get stuck in!

Team Building Ideas for The Office

Before we dive into our top team building ideas for the office, let’s look at where and how you can apply them. If you have any training days coming up, team building activities can be a great way of loosening everyone up before leading into a topic. These are sometimes called icebreakers. For established teams, these activities can be used periodically for a change of pace, or to prompt groups to think about different types of skills.

Alternatively, quick team building activities can be used in team huddles to kickstart the day.

One of the common misconceptions about team building is they must take up hours and hours of time. They don’t! Little and often can be effective too for getting employees to think outside the box, work together effectively, and communicate better.

In Office Team Building Activities

Playing Card Jigsaw

Skills Focus: Communication skills, negotiation skills, empathy
Number of People: 6+
Time Required: 15-20 minutes
Materials: A deck of cards, pair of scissors, envelopes

Instructions:

  1. Begin by splitting the group into teams of two or more
  2. Pick six playing cards for each person in the activity. So, if you have 6 people, you’ll need 36 playing cards.
  3. Cut each card into four even pieces. You can do this by cutting the cards in an X shape.
  4. Mix all the card pieces together and equally divide them between the appropriate number of envelopes (e.g. If you have 3 teams, split the cards between 3 envelopes.)
  5. Give each team an envelope and set a timer for 3 minutes.
  6. In that time, teams need to work to sort their pieces and find out what they are missing to make up a complete card. They must also develop a bargaining strategy that they will use to negotiate with other teams in order to obtain their required pieces.
  7. When the 3 minutes are up, teams must start to barter with each other to acquire their missing pieces. Give them 8-10 minutes to do this.
  8. After the given time, each team must declare how many complete cards they have. The team with the most is the winner

Following this activity, the facilitator may choose to bring the team together and ask a few questions. You could ask teams how they think they worked together, which bartering techniques were the most effective, and what they would do differently next time. You might also ask teams to share what kind of skills they used throughout the course of the activity to be successful.

2 Truths, 1 Lie

Skills Focus: Communication skills
Number of people: 5+
Time Required: 10-20 minutes
Materials: None

Instructions:

  1. Gather the team round in a circle and ensure everyone is facing one another.
  2. Ask each person in the group to write down 2 true things about themselves, and one lie.
  3. When they have done this, ask each person to share their facts, and their lie, in a random order.
  4. The aim of the game is for the rest of the team to identify the lie through asking questions.

This is a particularly good activity for groups of people that don’t know each other very well, as it allows everyone to have a bit of fun and learn interesting things about each other. The game also helps participants refine their questioning and active listening skills.

Marshmallow Tower

Skills focus: Collaboration, Problem Solving
Number of people: 3+
Time required: 10-15 minutes
Materials: 20 sticks of spaghetti (uncooked), roll of masking tape, string, 1 marshmallow

Instructions:

1. Hand the team the materials and instruct them to build the tallest tower possible in 10 minutes. Stipulate the tower must stand on its own, and only the materials given to them may be used.
This is a fun activity that encourages teams to work together to solve a problem. This focuses on communication skills, innovation and collaboration.

The Human Knot

Skills focus: Communication, problem solving, adaptability, collaboration
Number of people: 5+
Time required: 5-10 minutes
Materials: Nothing

Instructions:

1. Get your team to stand in a circle, facing each other. Each person must reach out and hold hands with two people that aren’t standing next to them.
2. When they have done this, they will all be tangled up. The aim of the game is to get them to untangle and form a circle – but they can’t let go of anyone’s hand!

This game is a great way to loosen up teams and get them communicating effectively with one another. It’s also a great way to prompt innovative thinking and promote creativity.

Team Building Day Ideas

Getting out and about outside the confines of the office can be a fantastic way to energise your team and open their minds. There are many team building activities you can do at either an alternative venue or even outdoors. Read on for some ideas and inspiration to fuel your planning:

The Hungry Games

Skills focus: Teamwork, communication, problem solving
Number of people: Up to 168
Requirements: Flat grassed open space, bows, foam tipped arrows, facemasks, camp equipment

Inspired by the iconic Hunger Games series (but nowhere near as brutal), the Hungry Games sees teams go head to head as districts into the world of arena survival! Teams members will hone their weapon wielding skills through axe throwing, spear making and combat archery as they compete to win points and additional equipment.
At the climax of the event, teams will work together to create a weatherproof camp complete with roaring fire and warming drinks!

Barista Experience

Skills focus: Active listening, innovation, creativity, communication
Number of people: 4-30
Requirements: Space for tables and chairs for each team, coffee making equipment

If coffee fuels the office, then a Barista Experience is a sure-fire way to get everyone on board with team building.

In this activity, teams will be given a brief history of the espresso along with key information on how to make the perfect cup. Following this, teams of 5 will work together to develop a wonderful range of coffee-based beverages before trying their hand at serving them up in a top of the range barista bar.

Escape the Office

Skills focus: Problem solving, communication, innovation, collaboration
Number of people: max. 150
Requirements: Enough space for a table and chairs for each team

Escape rooms are fantastic team building activities. And this unique, interactive experience sees teams battling it out to solve a series of puzzles in order to be the first to escape the office.
Throughout the course of the activity, teams will be provided with a selection of typical desk items, along with locked filing cabinet jam packed with a selection of random items. But they’re not as random as they seem! In order to escape, teams will have to utilise all their problem-solving prowess and communicate with each other effectively. But don’t forget, the clock is ticking, and there’s only 60 minutes to escape!

Organising Team Building for Your Workplace

From escape rooms to activity focused away days, getting out of the office for team building activities is a sure-fire way to shake things up, push employees out of their comfort zones and have some fun!

At KDM Events, we can help with all sorts of team building. What’s more, we can set up most activities at a venue of your choosing and bring all the necessary equipment along with us. Our expert Event Crew will also facilitate your chosen event, ensuring each participant gets as much as possible out of the day. To find out more contact us today.

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Reduce Staff Turnover with Team Building

April 2020

Reducing Staff Turnover

High staff turnover is a big problem for many organisations. Not only is it costly having to continuously recruit for staff, it’s also time consuming and can have a big impact on productivity when there’s the constant need to train new employees only for them to leave weeks or months later.

If your organisation is suffering from moderate to high turnover, it’s important to look at your team dynamics critically and understand what is and isn’t working. When you can get to the root cause of high turnover, you can begin to understand and address it.

Amongst other things, employee engagement has a direct influence on staff turnover. One way to boost employee engagement is through team building activities and efforts within your organisation. Below are just a few ways you can work towards reducing your turnover through team building and employee engagement activities.

Team Building to Reduce Staff Turnover

Workplaces are communities, just like anywhere else. So, creating a sense of community within the office is important to help individuals connect and feel part of something bigger. Work environments that promote an ‘every man for themselves’ culture are often quite toxic and, left unchecked, too much competitive spirit can soon lead to burn out. Which, you guessed it, results in high turnover.

Hold Regular Meetings

Team building doesn’t have to mean an all singing, all dancing activity (although these are effective). It can be as simple as regular team meetings to keep everyone in the loop. All employees should be 100% in the know about what is expected of them in their role and how their contributions feed into the success of the business. So, make a point of being clear about this at every opportunity, and regularly touch base with staff to reaffirm this and listen to their fears, apprehensions and challenges.

Organise Team Building Activities

Team building and team bonding activities are a fantastic way to foster employee engagement. Getting everyone from the top down involved in team building activities can help everyone feel better connected, understand one another and learn how to work effectively.

Team building and team bonding can be arranged on a scale that works for your teams too. From quick, 10-minute ice breaker games to full on day-long activities in or outside of the office. Similarly, team bonding, such as going out for after-work drinks or getting together for a meal, can encourage employees to connect and get to know each other outside of the workplace, leading to stronger, more stable relationships.

Let People Shine

If a person has a passion that can be utilised within their role, let them do it! When people feel like their skills and contributions are valued and nurtured, they’re more likely to stick around and give more of themselves to a company. This may not always be possible at every turn, but where possible give employees the freedom to unleash their creativity and be themselves. You never know where it could lead for the team they are working in, or the organisation as a whole!

Offer Opportunities for Development

As well as nurturing individual talents and letting creativity shine, offer regular opportunities for development through staff. Each employee should have a personal development plan that works to develop any gaps in knowledge and help them flourish within their role. Ensure you put ample time into this part of your employee retention strategy. Listen when an employee tells you they need support and action this swiftly.

You might also offer informal opportunities for development. This could mean giving someone a little more responsibility by delegating tasks to them or asking them to train up a new member of staff. Things like this can go a huge way to making staff feel valued and supported, rather than left at sea in their own little bubble.

Recognise & Reward

Everyone loves to be recognised for the work they are doing, especially if they’re trying their hardest. Having a structured, consistent method of recognising and rewarding effort and performance is fantastic for employee engagement. For some workplaces, it may be par for the course to offer monthly, quarterly or annual bonuses as recognition for hard work. Alternatively, you may consider other incentives like a benefits program where employees can work towards a reward through reaching certain targets.

However you choose to recognise and reward staff, make sure the method of doing so is consistent and fair. While it may not always be possible to measure everyone’s performance by the same benchmark, finding a way to do so that’s on a par with other departments and job roles will ensure that no one gets left out or feels as though their particular incentives are unobtainable.

Reducing Staff Turnover with Team Building

Team building is effective for many reasons. One of these is boosting employee engagement. When you invite employees to get involved in team building sessions you are giving them an opportunity to showcase their skills, get hands on and communicate with their fellow team members. Team building also extends to different aspects of the workplace too. Team building happens when you get your employees together for a meeting, offer training opportunities, or hand out rewards and recognition based on performance.

In short, employee engagement and team building go hand in hand. But it doesn’t always mean you have to go all out. Smaller, less grand gestures can still feed into employee morale and bring turnover down. Never forget that little things can mean a lot!

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What are the types of team building?

April 2020

Outdoor Obstacle Course

Team building can take many forms. It can be used to help develop and refine skills, improve relationships, or unite groups of people in working toward a common goal. In this article, we’ll look at the different types of team building, and how you can use them within your organisation.

Types of Team Building

Activity Based Team Building

Activity based team building is about getting your team working to achieve a common goal. It normally takes place out of the office and is typically designed to push team members out of their comfort zones and challenge them.

Often activity-based team building is physical in nature. For example, at KDM Events we regularly host outdoor activity-based team building such as The Hungry Games, Out of Office Olympics and Ninja Workout.

Problem-Solving Team Building

Problem solving team building is designed to challenge your teams on an intellectual level. Often, it involves your team having to solve a puzzle, or a series of puzzles, to ‘win’ the game. This type of team building activity is particularly good at getting teams to assess each other’s strengths and apply them to a task.

Here at KDM, our problem-solving team building activities include our GPS Treasure Quest, Bushcraft Survival Skills, CSI Experience & Escape the Office.

Skills Based Team Building

Skills based team building is designed to focus on a skill or set of skills. These could be communication, problem solving, decision making, or adaptability. It can also extend to trust building activities, which aims to strengthen bonds between team members for more effective work relationships.

Skills based team building usually blurs into other types of team building activities too, as many require participants to use certain skill sets to succeed.

Team Bonding

While all the above types of team building are focused on developing teams professionally, team bonding activities promote better social relationships between colleagues. These types of activities are usually organised just for fun but can vary widely in their execution.

On a simple scale, team bonding activities can take the form of a team meal or after-work drinks. But they can also be more structured too. For example, many of our team building activities are designed to help colleagues let their hair down and have a fun day away from the office.

How can team building help you?

Team building is vital in supporting teams to work more productively. It not only helps your employees refine their skills, try something new and (safely) step out of their comfort zone, it also brings them closer together and acts as a refreshing way to get out of the office for a few hours.

To find out more about how different types of team building can help you to develop your employees and facilitate better work relationships, contact us today.

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5 Quick Ways to Promote Team Building in The Workplace

April 2020

Promoting Team Building

The difference between a team that works well together and one that doesn’t is truly astounding. When a group of people tasked to work toward a common goal don’t gel the results can be not only unproductive but destructive, too.

It is simply untenable for a team that doesn’t communicate well or trust one another to continue to work together effectively. Problems need to be addressed swiftly with a focus on improving areas where individuals aren’t collaborating effectively and nurturing skills and qualities that are present to encourage them.

Which is where team building comes in. Team building goes great lengths to repairing broken relationships, encouraging creativity, fostering collaboration and increasing productivity. But, to be successful, everyone needs to be on board with team building. If it is met with resistance and cynicism, it doesn’t work, and all your meticulous planning will fall on deaf ears. Not good!

So, how do you promote team building in the workplace and get everyone on board? Here, we give you a few tips and tricks that you can implement from today. They will prime your team for their next team building activity and encourage them to carry the desired skills and activities through into the workplace.

Get Your Team Involved in Planning

We’ve all been there. Thrust together into a team building exercise you don’t understand the point of. At best it feels like a waste of time. At worst it feels awkward and cringeworthy.
If your team is resistant to the idea of team building, get them involved in planning. Do your research and select a range of activities and present them to your team. Ask them to vote on their favourite or put forward suggestions on activities they would like to do.

If you feel confident asking, hold a meeting and get your team to discuss the areas they would like to improve on when it comes to working together. And how best they would like to address them. Obviously, you need to maintain ultimate control over the final decision (especially if you’re working to a budget), but the more involved the team is, the more likely they are to engage with the activity and understand the reasons behind it.

Start Small

Team building activities don’t have to involve grand gestures. At least not straight away. In fact, they can be simple 10-minute exercises to help get employees in the right frame of mind. Short and sweet team building games can be used throughout training, or at the start of meetings, to give groups of employees the chance to break out of the ‘day-to-day’ mindset and view working together from a different perspective.

Regular use of mini team building games or activities could then lead to a larger event or day out. Building up to this is useful if you feel that a full-on team building day may be intimidating or met with resistance.

Get Leaders Involved

If you plan team building activities for a group of employees, but don’t get involved yourself, how do you expect them to respond? To effectively promote team building and its effectiveness, it’s important to get all ranks and organisational levels involved in the activity. Remember, you are part of the team too – and a pretty important one at that!

When you’re planning and executing team building activities, be sure to get everyone involved, especially senior members of staff. And make sure they’re enthusiastic about it! As leaders, one of the best things you can do to promote effective team working is to lead by example. So, drop rank (and ego) at the door and get stuck in!

Have A Clear Goal

The key to effective team building is to have a clear goal in mind for which areas of teamwork you’d like to improve. This involves really drilling down into what isn’t working and identifying the skills that need tightening up. It’s no use choosing a team building activity with no clear goal in mind. Or how else will you measure its effectiveness?

Not only that but having a clear goal in mind for your team building efforts will allow you to communicate this to the team. Rather than just telling them they are participating in a team building activity, be clear as to what it means for them. How will it benefit them? How will they be able to apply it in their day-to-day work?

Be Positive

Positivity is contagious. Honestly! If you take a positive, happy-go-lucky approach to working together with your team, this will rub off on them. There’s nothing worse than a workplace that solely seeks to blame and dress down those who are wrong. In fact, often it leads to people becoming closed off and afraid to take accountability for their actions.

If you take an approach to leadership which is open and positive, then in return your teams will be open, honest and positive too. Both with you and with each other.

Promoting Team Building in The Workplace

Promoting team building in the workplace can start small and lead to bigger things. As we’ve mentioned above, it may begin with simply asking your team where improvements are needed and getting them involved in choosing activities they may like to be involved with. This may then grow into more concentrated efforts to drill down into developing specific team building skills, either throughout the working week or as part of an office away day.

See Our Full List of Customisable Team Building Games

However, you choose to approach promoting team building in the workplace, the key is to lead by example. If you can demonstrate effective team working in everything you do, then the effects of this will trickle down through your team and create a cohesive atmosphere driven by collaboration. If you would like some support in choosing team building activities for your team that are fun, engaging and effective click here to see our full list of customisable team building games or contact us to find out more.

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Why is Delegating Important?

April 2020

Importance of Delegating

What do you do when you are snowed under with work? Make a list and forge ahead, working all hours of the day to get it done? Or take the pressure off and hand over tasks to other people? For many team leaders, delegation is difficult for a few reasons, but it’s an effective way of making space on your own plate while empowering your team to perform.

Some people balk at the idea of relinquishing control. They may worry that the job won’t be completed to their high standards, or that it’s simply more efficient to do it themselves. These common misconceptions often lead to burn out when delegation isn’t utilised, or an overall decrease in productivity and quality.

Here, we look at the importance of delegating and how to do it effectively within your team.

What Is Delegation?

First, what exactly is delegation? It may be helpful to understand what delegation is not. Delegation isn’t just asking a person to do something and forgetting about it until it’s done – although wouldn’t that be fantastic?! Delegation is the process of handing over authority to another person to carry out a specific task or activity. It normally happens between a manager and a subordinate, however the responsibility of the outcome of the task ultimately remains with the manager.

For example, a manager may be responsible for producing monthly client reports. If they have too much on, they may ask a member of their team to do this for them in order to free up time in their own diary.

What Are the Benefits of Delegation?

Delegation done well has many benefits. Here a run down of just a few, alongside some helpful tips on how to effectively assign and delegate tasks.

It Saves Time

Delegation can save huge amounts of time and increase productivity. When you assign a task to someone else you free up time for other tasks and give yourself the head space to work effectively across the board.

However, this only saves time when it’s done right. Often, a manager may delegate a task and then micromanage it to the point where it would have been more effective to do it themselves. Similarly, they may not grant the person the authority to make decisions related to the task, which could slow progress and cause frustration.

Delegation works effectively when you allow access to the right resources and give team members the authority to make decisions relating to the task. This requires trust, confidence, and a clear brief. But with the right structure, delegation can save you valuable time.

It’s Motivating

When you delegate a task to a member of staff, you are demonstrating trust in their ability to do the job well. This is incredibly empowering. Of course, this is only true if you give them the authority, resources and support they need to carry it out. If the right structure isn’t in place to support with delegation, it can have a demotivating effect. Similarly, micromanaging the project (even though you’ve handed it over) can make team members doubt their ability or become frustrated.

Delegation requires trust and confidence from both the person assigning the task and the person receiving it. In order to get this channel working both ways, you can start with smaller tasks initially and then build up to larger ones that require more responsibility.

It Builds Trust

Like the motivational benefits, delegation also builds trust between team members. When a leader knows they can rely on their team members to fulfil tasks to a high standard, they’re more likely to pass work on freeing them up to channel their energies into other tasks. Delegation also builds trust between team members and their managers and gives them the confidence to make decisions and take accountability for their work.

If you are backed by a team of people that communicate effectively, take pride in their work, and trust each other, you’re more likely to see better performance and team working across the board.

Build Trust and Strengthen Your Team with KDM Events

If you’re looking to improve communication and trust within your team with the aim of delegating tasks, a team building day out could be just the ticket. We are constantly coming up with new ideas from Escape Rooms and Treasure Hunts to outdoor activities such as the might Dragonboat race and our ever popular, Crystal Maze event. Ideal for groups of all sizes, each activity is designed to promote better team working, paving the way for effective delegation. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, we’d love to hear from you!

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How to Plan & Host Successful Team Building Activities

April 2020

Successful Team Building

In 2009, a group of researchers set out to investigate the effectiveness of team building in the workplace. This study considered the impact of four specific team building components on performance outcomes. These components were goal setting, interpersonal relations, problem solving and role clarification. The results of this study showed that team building has a positive effect across all outcomes.

Is Team Building Worth It?

So, if you find yourself asking the question ‘Is team building worth it?’ the answer is a resounding “yes!”. The question you should be asking is how you go about making team building activities successful for your goals and the team you’re working with.

If you’re considering employing team building to improve performance outcomes, develop skills or build on a team’s ability to work together effectively, we’ve put together some tips you can use to do just that. So read on, and then get planning your next team building activity!

Start with A Clear Goal

First, which areas of development are most important for your team? It may be communication skills, problem solving, innovation or something else entirely. The key is to know well in advance of planning which areas you want team building to focus on so you can choose the right kind of activity.

Team building is incredibly versatile, and there are huge amounts of activities available that focus on different elements of teamwork. Explore these options fully and take great care to investigate which skills certain team building activities focus on and choose them accordingly.

Focus on Collaboration

A little competition can be healthy. Indeed, you probably employ this in your day-to-day as a way of motivating and incentivising team members. However, too much competition can be counterproductive, especially in team building. It ultimately comes down to knowing your team but putting the focus on winning can spark the competitive side of some people’s personality, meaning they become more focused on winning than working together.

Instead, team building activities that centre collaboration and problem solving will encourage team members to support each other and work towards a common goal, rather than getting caught up in the winning element of the exercise.

Escape the Office

While there are team building activities that can be done in the workplace, sometimes a change of scenery does the world of good. Simply being away from the office can help energise people and give a healthy distance from the regular working day, allowing space to grow and develop. Further to this, when it comes to building relationships within teams, being away from the office can help individuals gain a new perspective and get to know each other outside of the four walls of work. Don’t underestimate the power that just getting out and about can have on a group of people under your charge.

Make It Accessible

Energetic, high-octane team building activities are good for some, but they’re not accessible to everyone. When you’re planning team building it’s important to consider everyone on your team and whether the activity is accessible for them. It’s no good meticulously planning a full-on team building activity if half of your team will have to sit it out because they’re not comfortable or unable to do it. Therefore, take the time to understand the accessibility of each activity and consider any adjustments to ensure all team members get the full benefit of the exercise.

Break Down Barriers

If a team is in the ‘storming’ phase of group development the going may be getting tough. Team members may not trust one another, or frequently pull rank to get their way rather than fostering a community of collaboration. If this is the case, team building should aim to break down barriers and shake people out of toxic mindsets.

This can be achieved in several ways. The first is to encourage people to leave their job titles at the door. Asking individuals to drop their ego and truly embrace working as a team breaks down barriers and allows for an immersive experience. This rule should apply for everyone too, even those in leadership roles.

Have Fun but Debrief

Encouraging teams to have fun and let down their guard is key to successful team building. But it is also imperative to debrief afterwards and make it explicit how the skills that they have used throughout the course of the activity can be applied to the workplace.

As well as this, ask for feedback from your team. You could create an anonymous survey to gauge how effective team members found the event, what they liked and what they would change. You can even ask them what they will take away from the event. Not only will this give you a greater insight into the effectiveness of your chosen team building activity and help you plan for future events, it will also give you an insight into the mindset of your team and what support they may need moving forwards.

Speak to KDM Today for Team Build Ideas and More

At its core, team building activities should be an investment of time and money that focuses on developing working relationships and promoting collaboration and innovation. With a clear goal in mind, robust planning and thorough research it’s possible to plan and execute effective team building activities that are tailored to the unique goals of your team. To find out more about how KDM Events and team building, drop us a line today!

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How to Delegate Effectively

April 2020

Effective Delegating

Being a good team leader involves delegating tasks to employees. For some this can be difficult to do. If this sounds familiar to you, we’ve put together 4 key steps to take to ensure that you delegate effectively within the workplace…

4 Steps to Delegating Effectively…

1. Choose the right person

Delegation works most effectively when you choose the right person for the job. You must trust them to do the job effectively and step back to allow them to do it in full faith. Therefore, take care in selecting the right person.

2. Give a clear brief

Outline your expectations clearly with a solid brief. This might include a brief overview of why the task is important, how it will feed into the overall success of a project, and a clear set of objectives.

3. Grant decision-making authority

If a task will require a person to make decisions, give them the green light to do this. Also ensure that you give them full access to all the resources they will need to carry out the task and any notable background information.

4. Keep the lines of communication open

Make it clear that if help is needed, you are willing to give it. Reaffirm to the person that you trust them to carry out the task, and you will give them the space to do it, but if they need support you can step in to provide it.

Also, for a long-term project, check-in with them. When it comes to delegation, you are still ultimately responsible for the outcomes of the task, so in the interests of keeping everything on track make a point of touching base regularly and be clear as to when this will be.

No Man or Woman is an Island

Delegation is an important tool in the leader’s arsenal. No man (or woman) is an island, and as such it’s natural to pass on tasks to the wider team for completion. Your willingness to delegate may reflect how much you trust subordinates and team members to deliver. If you are concerned about this, it’s important to understand why that is and the steps you can take to remedy it. It may be that your team needs guidance in building important skills through team building, or certain members need more support in order to carry out their jobs effectively.
Whatever the reason, when you get to a place where delegation is a viable option for you there’s no doubt you will feel the benefits right away. As will your organisation and team!

Develop Your Team with KDM Events

If you’re not quite there yet in terms of feeling that you have a strong, solid team to delegate to, it may be time to consider a team building activity to not only strengthen your team as a whole, but to establish trust and effective communication. Here at KDM Events we offer a huge range of team building opportunities which can be tailored to groups of all sizes across the UK. To find out more about our events or to discuss your requirements in more detail, give our friendly team a call today, we’d love to hear from you!

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6 Super-Effective Ways to Improve Workplace Teamwork

April 2020

Super Effective Team

We’ve often heard the phrase that “teamwork makes the dream work” – and it’s not wrong. No organisation can function without a team of people working effectively toward a common goal. And no team can do this without a clear plan and strong leadership.

We all know the pain of a team that’s not firing on all cylinders. If groups of people that are tasked to work together can’t communicate effectively, or don’t trust each other, then performance suffers across the board. If a team doesn’t quite click or gel, there are things you can do to nurture them and promote a healthy, performance-focused working environment.

To help you, we’ve put together a short list of ways you can improve workplace teamwork with a view to supercharging performance and effectiveness.

6 Ways To Improve Teamwork

1. Follow the Leader

Modelling behaviours you would like to see from your staff is a hugely effective way of improving teamwork. Strong leadership works wonders for teams. As competent as your task force might be, they’ll no doubt need guidance and support to fulfil their roles effectively. Therefore, it’s down to leaders to lead by example, demonstrate the behaviours they’d like to see, work with transparency, and provide effective support as and when it’s requested. Over time, teams will absorb and assimilate these positive behaviours, applying them to their own work with confidence.

2. Loud & Clear Communication
Communication lies at the heart of effective teams. That means catching up regularly, sharing ideas, giving and asking for feedback and discussing potential problems. Communication doesn’t always mean total agreement between team members. In fact, healthy debate and discussion can often lead to workable solutions. So, have at it!

That being said, good communication is a fine art and setting ground rules and expectations for communication is an effective way to kick off team working. So, how is it done? First, set clear boundaries. When and how often will you meet? How will meetings be structured to ensure everyone stays on tasks? Will team members check in every day/week/month to communicate how they’re getting on?

Having a clear framework for communication means that everyone is clear about the ways in which they can touch base. Following through on this plan ensures everyone is kept abreast of any updates and changes, while making sure everyone is pulling their weight.

3. Practice Make Perfect

Working well as a team is a skill which can be nurtured and developed. A great way to do this is through team building exercises or team bonding. The beauty of team building is that it can be utilised in a range of situations. They can be used in meetings, to start the day, or as a part of an away day to incentivise and motivate your team. However you apply them, it’s important to take some time to assess the areas in which your teams may be lacking and gear your team building efforts towards improving that. Different team building activities target different skills to give you greater flexibility in refining your team. So, research your options, or take a look at ready-made team building activities, like those offered by KDM Events.

4. Recognise, Incentivise and Reward

Keeping your team motivated and energised is key to good performance. One way to maintain these levels is to recognise individual achievements, incentivise team members to perform, and reward them when they do. Incentives can be given in the form of bonuses or extra days off but could also be as simple as a few kind words of thanks and recognition either in person or via email. We all know how motivating it is to be told you are doing a good job, so extending that to your team is an extremely powerful motivational tool.

5. Utilise A Team’s Strengths

We all have different strengths and weaknesses. Effective teams utilise these to their advantage by focusing on an individual’s strength when it comes to task delegation. This sounds like a straightforward, obvious point, but often the effect of doing this is overlooked. People who get to apply their strengths through the working day are six times more likely to be engaged in their job according to Gallup.

Of course, there may be some tasks that need carrying out that no one wants to do. That is unavoidable. A way to deal with this is to be fair in delegation, considering individual preferences and providing support when someone may not feel confident in their performance. Don’t underestimate the transformative potential of delegating a challenging task or responsibility to an employee. If done in the right way, with the right support, it can be incredibly motivating and empowering.

6. Make Expectations Clear

It’s no surprise that teams work best when they know what is expected of them. This means presenting each employee with a thorough run down of their responsibilities and checking in frequently with their progress.

Regular meetups allow leaders to reaffirm their expectations and reassess goals in line with an employee’s performance. Not only does this create a culture of accountability and trust, it also gives ample opportunity for team members to ask for support, highlight their challenges, and celebrate their success. Often, meetings throughout a course of a project are used as an opportunity to give people a dressing down rather than build them up. So, switch things up and approach each meeting with employees as a chance to celebrate what’s working and strategise for the things that aren’t.

Taking Steps to Improve Workplace Teamwork

Whether you’re assembling a new team or working with an established one, there are always opportunities to improve workplace teamwork. This starts with clear boundaries and communication and ends with consistent rewards and incentives. While we might want everything to work like clockwork, it’s also important to consider that employees and team members are human with human needs. Catering for these whilst being clear of your expectations are both effective ways to forge ahead and increase performance while ensuring everyone remains happy and motivated to move forwards.

If you’re looking to supercharge your team, our events and activities offer a perfect place to start. Working with you we can help you to build key skills, confidence and motivation among both new and established teams. To check out our latest team building activities in your area, call us today.

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How Does Team Building Lead to Team Cohesion?

March 2020

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Before we explore how team building leads to team cohesion, we must first clarify exactly what is meant by team cohesion.

What is meant by “team cohesion”?

Team cohesion is when a team is firing on all cylinders, working together in a positive way to achieve a common goal. In many cases, a team that has achieved cohesion is more focused on the overall performance of the team rather than individual performance. However, they appreciate their own contributions and the contributions of others.

How to achieve team cohesion

When it comes to forming and developing a team, there are certain stages they must progress through before they reach cohesion. These are described by psychologist Bruce Tuckman as forming, storming, norming and performing.

Essentially, when a group reaches the performing stage, they have achieved team cohesion. This means that the team is working productively together. They are focused on fulfilling the expectations of the team, and each individual understands how their place within the team and their contributions feed into that success.

As we all know, reaching team cohesion isn’t always a straight path. In some cases, it takes hard work, strong leadership and more than a few setbacks to achieve. That being said, there are certain ways and means of forging ahead with the goal of reaching team cohesion.

Team building for team cohesion

Alongside strong leadership, clearly defined goals, boundaries and open communication, team building is vital for team cohesion.

Specifically, team building activities offer the opportunity for groups of people to come together and get to know each other and understand how to work together.

Team building in ‘forming’ stages

The forming stage of group development indicates the point at which teams are being formed. This is when they have been told they will be working with each other, what the project is and the goal they are expected to achieve.

For teams who have worked together before, or already know each other, the forming stage is an opportunity to get reacquainted and settle into the dynamic. Team building for team cohesion in the forming stage is a way to get everyone talking and working together in a fun and relaxed environment. It also presents the opportunity for team members to ‘feel each other out’, identifying each other’s strengths and skills and testing the waters of communication.

Team building in ‘storming’ stages

During the storming stages of group development, conflict is to be expected. This arises as individuals test boundaries and acclimatise to the task at hand. In some cases, there may be a struggle for power or status, as bigger characters seek to establish themselves within the group.

Although conflict may seem like a bad thing at first glance, if managed correctly it can be channelled productively. Team building activities at this stage will allow the group to get into the groove of working together in a neutral environment. Team building in this stage can work to improve communication skills and get a better understanding of how fellow teammates work.

What is also key in the storming stage is developing a sense of trust and a bond between team members. Team building is an effective way to do this as it gives people the opportunity to motivate each other, build confidence and improve problem-solving skills, which will be key to moving through the storming stage.

Team building in ‘norming’ stages

Norming is typically a period of calm after storming. In this stage, everyone is clear on their roles and responsibilities and are settling into them. When a team reaches the norming stage, it may be tempting to feel complacent, but there is still work to be done to maintain this new norm.

Team building can work to great effect to re-energise a team, create a competitive spirit and motivate everyone involved. Further to this, team building always presents an opportunity for growth and skills development, which will push the team forward to perform.

Team building in ‘performing’ stages

In the performing stage of team development, the team has reached peak performance. They are working together well and reaching goals to deadlines and exceeding expectations. At this point, individual ego is no longer a priority. Instead, all members are focused on contributing to the success of the team.

This is team cohesion!

Creating Team Cohesion with Team Building Activities

At KDM Events, we develop team building activities focused on developing key skills that make successful teams. If you would like some help in supporting your team to reach team cohesion, contact us today. Our friendly team will be more than happy to help you formulate an away day or activity that is perfectly suited to capitalising on the strengths and supporting the growth of your workforce.

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What are ice breaker activities?

March 2020

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Ice breakers are short games or activities undertaken at the beginning of a training session, meeting, class or team building session. The aim of them is to literally ‘break the ice’ by helping attendees to get to know each other, relax and feel comfortable talking and sharing ideas.

Icebreaker activities can also be used as a segway into a discussion on a topic, or as an introduction to a subject or theory.

Types of Ice Breakers

Depending on your aim, there are a few different types of icebreakers you can use. We’ve listed a few below:

Ice Breakers to Make People Feel Comfortable

Ice breaker activities are a great way to have a bit of fun and make introductions a little less formal. They can also be used to spark conversation and encourage team members to share ideas.

An example of an icebreaker like this would be to invite participants to share 1 fact about themselves alongside 2 lies. The job of the other group members then would be to identify the facts from the lies, prompting conversation, discovery and perhaps a little bit of laughter.

In this kind of situation, ice breakers needn’t be serious or intimidating. If your aim is to get people to loosen up, keep your activity as fun and as light-hearted as possible to help draw participants out of their shell.

Ice breakers To Introduce A Topic

Ice breaker activities can also be used to introduce a topic to a meeting or session. While it can still be lighthearted, the aim is to ultimately get people’s brains firing and open the topic for discussion.

For example, in a team-building session, you may ask all team members at the beginning of the session to share, or write down, what they think makes a good team. At the end of the session, these can all be pulled together and added to reinforce learning and key takeaways.

Ice breakers for Meetings

Ice breaker activities can also be used in meetings to spark collaboration and cooperation. For example, if a group is meeting to discuss a project or task, they may start the session by writing a list of all their current priorities which are then shared with each other for a deeper understanding of workloads and processes.

Why should you use ice breakers?

While ice breakers aren’t necessary, they are effective. Not only do they break the ice by helping to facilitate introductions, they also support the leader of a session or meeting to engage a group in the chosen topics.

Ice breaker activities can also help to break down barriers – this is particularly helpful if you have a group of participants with different job titles or at varying levels of seniority. Ice breakers can also be used to:

  • Stimulate conversation
  • Encourage creativity and innovation
  • Unite teams
  • Generate ideas

When should you use ice breaker activities?

Ice breaker activities can be deployed in a variety of ways. You can use them at the beginning of a session to ‘warm up’ the room or as a way of transitioning between topics. You can also use them to reinforce learning in many situations, or just to break up a session, particularly if the subject matter is quite heavy.

The main aim of an ice breaker activity is to make people feel comfortable and promote openness within a group. So, when you’re planning a training session or meeting, you should feel free to add an ice breaker activity in at any point you may want to introduce a new topic, get everyone talking or even re-engage the group after their lunch break!

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