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 event please feel free to contact us!
So you have decided that you need/want to do team building. Deciding what to do for a team building event can be daunting. A typical go to is to do some sort of company outing. This can seem limited in the winter months which can make the task of team building may seem downright impossible. Luckily there are still many team building activities at your disposal during the winter months! You just need to turn your attention to indoor team building activities.
Indoor team building options
When deciding what to do for team building you have 3 types of options. You can do a team building, activity, workshop, or event. All have benefits, costs, and time commitments associated with them. The one thing they have in common is any team can benefit from them.
Team building activities
Team building activities, allow for practice of teamwork skills. Just as you did in school with homework and worksheets, team building activities can serve to strengthen your skills that will help you become a valuable member of your team.
Examples of Indoor team building activities are:
- Ice Breaker activities- Perfect for introducing new team members
- Logic Problems- These activities really get your teams collaborative juices flowing
- Creative Problems- If you want to give your team a jumpstart in their creativity, start the day with this type of activity.
Team building workshops
Team Building Workshops are a more in-depth version of indoor team building. During this time you will analyze results of team building activities in order to properly apply what was learned to your team in order to improve upon it. The best way to do a team building workshop is to identify an area your team needs to develop and call in a professional to facilitate the workshop.
Indoor Team Building Events
The best solution for winter team building events is to do indoor team building. Think about what type of event you would typically have, and then adapt it to an indoor location. Some of our top location ideas are:
- Indoor locations, such as Grand Central Station
- Laser Tag
- Indoor rock climbing
The philosophies and values of our founding fathers continue to shape American culture, as well as our collective identity as Americans. Just the same, the attitudes of the individuals who found and lead companies mold the corporate culture of a company. Corporate culture represents the collective actions and motivations of individuals who are part of a corporation; as well as the connotations that are connected to their actions. These collective values can be positive as well as negative and not only have the power to effect the work environment but also the work that is produced.
The Trickle Effect of Positive Corporate Culture
So how do these philosophies circulate throughout companies? Leaders within companies set the foundation for these factors:
The level of growth and success is aimed for.
How clients are regarded and dealt with.
The manner in which employees communicate with each other.
The general level of respect that is held of others both within and outside of the company.
As the leaders are the individuals who have the power to decide what roles are held within the organization, they have the power to shape the standards that must be met by employees. When positive ideologies are demonstrated by leaders within companies, standards are set that team members will in turn follow. This will allow positive corporate culture to be cultivated within the body of the organization.
How to Acknowledge a Lack of Positive Corporate Culture
If you feel that there is a lack of positive corporate culture within your company, the most productive step for you to take is to raise this point to your team’s attention. Ignoring this problem will only allow negativity and apathy to sink deeper into the culture of your organization.
Open the lines of communication.
Bring your observations to your superior’s attention in a professional and calm manner.
If you feel nervous about discussing this topic, try writing out your thoughts before your speak to them.
If you are the superior hold a conference or meeting with your employees to examine whether or not others feel that there is a lack of negativity within your office.
Strategies to Combat Negativity and Foster Positivity
In order to fight off negative ideologies that have been established within your organization, you may think about implementing these strategies:
Do not ignore small problems that arise with clients or coworkers. The most efficient method to ensuring that the small things don’t escalate into larger issues is to handle them as they come.
Ensure that individuals feel comfortable expressing thoughts and opinions in your work environment. When people feel valued they feel more comfortable. You can start to develop your relationships by implementing small gestures, such as asking a team member how their day is going.
Get your team out of the office from time to time. Foster relationships by allowing them to communicate within more open and relaxed environments. Take a look at the type of team building event that cityHUNT has the ability to plan for you!
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This blog is brought to you by Lauren Pickens and cityHUNT
Wouldn’t it be great if all business focused on what they could do to help improve the world around them? Imagine the impact having a world full of socially conscious business could have? Does this sound too good to be true? Ok, well maybe having the whole world of business participate is far fetched. But there ARE companies who are focusing on improving the world around them, they are part of the Conscious Capitalism movement.
What is Conscious Capitalism?
Conscious Capitalism is a movement, and approach about conducting business to focus on more than just profit. This non profit organization is dedicated to cultivating the theory and practice of culture of transformative things, programs and events to promote companies working toward the enhancement of the world.
The concept focuses on four main principles:
In short, conscious capitalism is the focus of business outwards from their bottom line, to helping to improve the world around them, and to empower business to better serve humanity.
Conscious Capitalism Conference 2014
This spring around 400 business people gathered in San Diego to explore the cause of Conscious Capitalism. cityHUNT was lucky enough to attend this conference. CEO of Ben Hoffman had this to say about the conference “Conscious Capitalism lives and practices what they preach, they made their conference, fun and experiential to help those attendings build vibrant relationships with conference participants”
We were was able to participate in the conference not only as someone networking, but as a facilitator of networking for others. We were given the ability to get the conference pumped up for the keynote speech from the Co-CEO of Whole Foods. During this time we got people up, and engaged and meeting 30 new people in 10 minutes.
cityHUNT is honored to have been a part of such a great event, and business movement. We strongly recommend anyone who is interested in being a company about more than just profits should seek out Conscious Capitalism to learn more.
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