After spending 40 hours a week with the same people, your first thought might not be to spend even more time with them. But after 14 years in the business of connecting people, our recommendation at cityHUNT is: do exactly this!
This is because members of happy and effective teams share three traits: familiarity, communication, and trust. Unfortunately, offices can’t always inspire these traits to develop: varying assignments and remote working can make it difficult to establish teams that work to the best of their ability.
Enter the team outing. Often thought of as a break for employees, these outings can actually hold the key to creating better teams! Here’s how team outings can strengthen and deepen team bonds:
1) Reimagine your environment.
In order for new topics of conversation and a fun atmosphere, the office environment has to give way to a new, less familiar location. Consider hosting your next outing in the park, a nearby city, or even a completely new location like an ice skating rink!
This way there will be plenty to talk about outside of work, and teams will get to know each other in a very different context.
2) Include a “challenge” to get everyone to participate.
By coming up with a goal for the event and weaving an entertaining challenge around it, people will feel compelled to join in the fun and make the most of your event.
At cityHUNT, we use the concepts of positive psychology to create clues and tasks that require the whole team to solve them. From unlocking a cryptex to dancing with street performers, the best challenges are the ones that lead to lots of strategizing, laughs and memories.
3) Don’t forget the keepsake!
At the end of the day, make sure that participants have something to remember the day by. cityHUNT loves to give out prizes for our top participants, but there are many ways to do this. A photo booth, team T-shirts, or a cheer that everyone comes up with during the outing are great souvenirs to end a great day.
With the right combination of imagination, intrigue, and memorability, your event can take your team to the next level. For more tips on building bonds and having a great time, check out all articles on our blog!
The Swisher Family Foundation was at a crossroads. To raise funds to endow more children in need with medical care, education, recreational activities and support programs, the non-profit needed to host a large-scale event.
While bowling nights and donor recognition dinners are the default for many foundations in this situation, the Swishers wanted to provide their donors with a unique and memorable experience. Calling on Nick Swisher’s affiliation with the Cleveland Indians, The Swisher Family Foundation decided to work with cityHUNT to organize an experiential adventure at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
To make sure that such the event would live up to its expectations, planning began months in advance. Drawing on cityHUNT’s experience with gamification, specifically the engagement of hunt participants through a backstory, it was decided to incorporate as many baseball elements as possible.
Thus the cityHUNT was determined to begin with an objective for each participating team: the manager of the Indians had been ‘kidnapped’ by a rival franchise, and all teams were tasked with solving challenges and finding clues on the way to set him free.
These tasks would take teams through the entire stadium, from the batting cages to the skybox. Furthermore, every one of the 13 teams would be captained by a professional baseball player, granting fans and donors the event of a lifetime.
Next to a good time, The Swisher Family Foundation wanted to ensure that the cityHUNT would serve to raise awareness and funds for its initiatives.
Therefore, the game included an opportunity for company sponsors to signal their support and to advertise, both by including their names in game clues and challenges, and by featuring their names and logos on the scoreboard for the duration of the event.
When the gates to Progressive Field opened on July 28, more than 120 people got ready for a fun-packed four hours of competition and festivities. From hitting a baseball at the batting cages, to line dancing . The top two teams finished within six minutes of each other!
And the manager? He was saved…twice, actually (who wants to be saved only once?). With the participation of sponsors and attendees, The Swisher Family Foundation was able to raise more than $60,000 to support its initiatives, making the hunt a huge success!
The Curious Case of Exploding Kittens
In the history of playing cards, this has got to be one of the bigger stories. Raising over $8.7 million on Kickstarter from more than 200,000 funders, Exploding Kittens is all set to shake up the traditional card game. But how does one game gain such an amazing support, before it is even launched?? Taking a closer look, the difference is in the details.
At its core, Exploding Kittens is a new spin on the classic game of Russian Roulette. Cards include fun pictures and silly names that are meant to engage players (after all, who wouldn’t want a Weaponized Back Hair card?). Different cards do different things, ranging from turn skips to defending oneself from the exploding kitten. Players take turns drawing from the deck of cards until one player draws said exploding kitten. When a player draws the exploding kitten they are knocked out of the game. Exploding Kittens puts a fun, exciting, and different twist on a classic card game.
Similarly, cityHUNT has created a fun and interesting way to spice up team building exercises for companies. cityHUNT has developed an alternative to mandatory team building exercises that is fun, exciting, and enjoyable for all parties involved. The focus on the principles of positive psychology turns a scavenger hunt into a fun adventure that connects people through shared experiences! In-office exercises and lectures on team building may be effective, but cityHUNT has created a much more effective and enjoyable experience.
Employees are split into teams that are sent out on a scavenger hunt. The process of hunting for items increases communication and trust between employees in a fun way. Employees will not feel like they are forced to build relationships with each other, but rather create relationships through working towards a common goal. This style of team building is new, interesting, and effective when it comes to bonding between employees.
Both Exploding Kittens and cityHUNT have developed alternative strategies that build on solid structural bases. Card games, Russian roulette, and team building exercises are staples in society. Exploding Kittens and cityHUNT are two shining examples of adaptations toward new and improved versions of older style activities. Putting a fun and exciting twist on team building evokes more concrete and real life relationships for employees. Like Exploding Kittens, cityHUNT provides a service that is fun, effective, and unique.
Hungry for a creative challenge? We have just the event for you!
Are you looking for something that’s sweet and rewarding for your group? cityHUNT will design a series of custom team building challenges and games that each team must complete to receive points, which will be exchanged for supplies to build and win the Dessert Building Throw Down!
Every challenge gives teams immediate feedback to maintain the focus of participants, tests the team’s ability to work together, and will be designed by our producers to fit the needs of your group!
Check out this amazing video from the cityHUNT Gingerbread Throw Down! These motifs were built around the company’s values and team mission. We love the way they turned out. For more info on this fun event please feel free to contact us!
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