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When is a Good Time for Team Building?

Posted by Chris Hill on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Great article and why I always find events like “Improv Team Building” or an “Amazing Race” can be highly effective – you take a learned experience back to the office that benefits the cohesion within your work environment boosting productivity.

When Should a Manager Do Team Building?

Are You Rewarding Hard Work?

Posted by Chris Hill on Friday, January 30th, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Including time for fun in the workplace is often cited as leading technique for employee satisfaction and retention.

As Dan Tynan states in his article on rewarding employees making the workplace fun is #3:

http://www.hrworld.com/features/25-employee-rewards/

Make work fun. “During a business coaching engagement, I found employee morale to be way down,” said Terri Levine, president of The Coaching Institute. “We created a weekly event to boost morale. One week we asked everyone to bring in a baby picture, post it on a wall, then pick which person matched each picture. Everyone was having fun and socializing while productivity went from 58 percent to 72 percent — all in the same week.”

This is where a well organized event can make all the difference, whether it is more a team building, in house session such as a Improv Comedy Team Building Technique session or a full-out entertainment extravaganza such as a Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise, you can make a difference by rewarding your employees.

Toronto “Whondunit”!

Posted by Chris Hill on Friday, April 11th, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Did the waitress just slip something into that guests drink? Are you really sure that supposed palm reader can predict her own future? And why did the guests next to you just keel over and…die? Because it’s a murder mystery and the game is afoot!!

You’ll have plenty of chances to try and solve “whondunit” during the mystery as clues, newspaper articles and of course “red herrings” are a plenty. The witty detective will surely help you along if not grill you a few times along the way. Then of course there is that motivational speaker your boss said was brought in to give an after dinner speech on “life / work” balance, he just seems a little off. In fact, he seems to have a knife protruding from his chest and is trying to solicit help in removing it! You will be sure to check out the clue table yourself, examine the clues, grill the suspects and if you’re feeling charitable, warn to potential victims.

Our mysteries in Toronto can happen on cruise vessel or anywhere in the GTA but we just added BerBer Social to our list of preferred venues. We’ve been performing for 15 years and only professional actors will be entertaining you. Our shows differ from our competitors in that the suspects and victims are incognito until all hell breaks loose! We also customize our scripts and have a host to guide things along and lastly we take care of the venue requirements if desired as we have forged strong relationships with many fine restaurants.

Let us be the ones to show you and your guests a great time with out Toronto Murder Mystery!

 

Foot Scavenger Hunt Teambuilding

Posted by Chris Hill on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 - 4:00 pm

“Thank you for helping make our team events a success! Both teams [each on a different day] had a great time.” – Mobify – Doing a Foot Scavenger Hunt Team Building event. We planned this as a two day event where each team went on a hunt a day apart. They met back together on the second day to determine the winner and they were only a scant 3 points apart.The Roundhouse Train Clue

Team Building is important and Mobify recognizes the positive results that can be achieved by having teams within your organization engage one another in fun, challenging and rewarding events. The Foot Hunt we did for them accomplished this as the series of clues, riddles and items that needed collected where varied and in random order. They therefore had to figure out the best approach before setting out to hunt down the clues, items and either procure the items or take a creative photo of their team at the clue location.

We customized the scavenger hunt to suit their needs and made it so that they had a maximum of 2 hours to complete from the moment the host finished introducing the hunt and explaining the rules and handing out the clue / riddle sheet.

One can never underestimate the effect a great team experience can have on productivity. People work better together if they get along, understand the others approach to problem solving and enjoy coming up with solutions together. A scavenger hunt, well developed, can have this effect.

Next time you’re thinking of what type of team building event you need to get strong interaction, off-site and engaging then consider a professionally managed Foot Scavenger Hunt.

By Chris Hill

Choosing the Right Event

Posted by Chris Hill on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Mergers can be tricky and your boss has tasked you with arranging an offsite team building event to break the ice. Don’t panic, with the choices we can provide we’ll make the job easier. Team building is an essential part of corporate life and when applied properly has lasting positive effects on the participants.

Simply decide what is the main goal of the exercise: team bonding for an ice-breaker, such as a company just merged and the new employees are blending into the purchasing company? Is it a transition where your company is shaking things up a bit and there will be a lot of shuffling of employees from one department to another? Is it up-sizing, downsizing, re-branding, acquisition or other major game changing events within the company? All of these could use something light, fun filled and effective.

It could be something as fun as an Improv Training Seminar or a Foot Scavenger Hunt or just relax and have a great dinner and show with a Murder Mystery.

No matter what the occasion you should allow us to take the pressure off and help guide you based on your exact needs and circumstances.

By Chris Hill