Team Building Activities Where Everybody Wins

Team Building Activities Where Everybody Wins

Running a fun team building event is often a hallmark of an organisation that’s doing well, values it’s people or both.

It’s becoming more common place for leaders to want something else, something more noteworthy from team building.

It might be that they’re trying to bring a new team together or that they need to get everyone working together more effectively; whatever the reason, they would rather something a little more refined than go karting.

There are lots of ways that team building can be tailored to support organisations in achieving their objectives.

 

And the winning team is…

A bit of fun competition is traditionally the default setting for any team building event – but is it always the right way to go?

When you want to say thank you, celebrate or just ‘show em that you love em’ – a bit of light competition is a fantastic idea.

In pursuit of the top spot there’s always lots of laughter and great memories created. The losers, invariably ‘robbed’, can mock protest before retiring to the bar.

If done right, team building should be an occasion and a chance to network and let your hair down.

 

Lose more than you win

The problems start when you use the same, competitive approach for a slightly more technical brief.

If you want to bring a team of 24 together to adopt new ways of working and collaborate more effectively, is splitting them into teams and forcing them to go head-to-head really helping?

In cases where teams don’t know each other well or there’s a message to get across, it might be more productive to aim to bring them together instead of pitting them against each other…

 

We’re all in this team together

When organisations want to bring a large team together why not forget competition altogether?

Team building that promotes working as a one big team, sharing resources and networking is plainly going to be far more effective than it’s competitive cousin at promoting the right behaviours.

Examples of this from our portfolio might be our Art Factory’s Big Picture activity or an adapted version of our Building Bridges team build.

Yeah ok, your super competitive ‘red’ individuals might grumble (you’ll know who we mean!) but the wider team is more likely to benefit.

Our team against the world

Another approach to a more technical team building brief is the ‘competitive but not competitive’ format.

Simply put your entire cohort effectively competes against another company (either notionally or against their historic performance on a particular team building activity).

Nothing brings a tribe together more quickly than an external challenge.

In our experience, the performance levels achieved by supposedly struggling or new teams when they‘re competing against an industry rival have been nothing short of amazing.

We’ll often adapt our Crystal Maze for this. It’s popular so we have loads of historic performance data to pit teams against.

 

The team building tripwire

The final angle is to never actually mention that your team building activity isn’t a competitive one.

Give the cohort a collective goal they need to achieve in a set time, pop them in teams then sit back and see what happens.

Teams invariably trip up and launch into full, competitive behaviour, even if that means they begin to collectively fail.

Don’t forget to stop the team building activity halfway through and ask them what they think they’re doing… always a great moment!

A great one for this is our Lego Construction Project activity or the Junkyard Challenge.

 

What next?

Tailoring team building activities to your objectives is what we do.

Don’t get us wrong we LOVE a competitive, fun team building event but, if you need a bit more from an investment in your team than smiley faces and 30 hangovers, we’ve got your back.

Get in touch HERE to get started.

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Many thanks from me and the team for a successful and productive 2 days in Denmark. Your ‘fluid’ approach and ability to fit in with our last minute changes was appreciated. I will be engaging your services again next year…!

Ecco Spokesperson - Team Building Event

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it ???? Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell, Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, Zhero
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
James
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Joynab
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
Great fun, engaging and well organised :o)
Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams, ECCTIS

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