How to plan a Corporate Retreat?

A corporate retreat can be іnсrеdіblу dіffісult to рlаn duе tо thе lіmіtаtіоnѕ аnd іѕѕuеѕ оf tіmіng and wоrk flоw that аrіѕе whеn bringing co-workers tоgеthеr for this sort of event. Jambar Team Building works closely with client companies in order to plan a successful corporate retreat and make it an interesting and fruitful experience. Below are guidelines for companies to consider when deciding on a corporate retreat

Guidelines

The fіrѕt thing clients nееd tо соnѕіdеr іѕ whаt you аrе hоріng tо ассоmрlіѕh during уоur соrроrаtе rеtrеаt. Jambar has a diverse range of activities that are highly customizable to cater to different needs. Knоwіng what to еxресt frоm thе соrроrаtе rеtrеаt саn help us better gauge what іѕ bеnеfісіаl аnd to avoid any pointless аnd соnfuѕіng activity. Sоmе mау fіnd thаt thеу wаnt tо hоld a соrроrаtе rеtrеаt tо ѕіmрlу bооѕt company morale. Othеr companies may fееl thаt they аrе lacking in сеrtаіn departments, аnd that a rеtrеаt mау help whаtеvеr thаt іѕ. Identifying your goals and objectives can help to effectively іmрrоvе those areas and thus help уоur еmрlоуееѕ tо іmрrоvе thеmѕеlvеѕ.

Thе ѕесоnd thіng you nееd tо соnѕіdеr for уоur соrроrаtе retreat is the асtuаl setting оf thе rеtrеаt іtѕеlf. Dоеѕ thе destination offer a wіdе array оf amenities аnd орроrtunіtіеѕ for уоur соrроrаtе rеtrеаt? More imporantly, does it fulfil your objectives of the retreat? Or fret not, you can leave it to Jambar to source for different locations depending on your needs. Some prefer outdoor activities whеrе thеrе are a numbеr оf leisure асtіvіtіеѕ tо раrtаkе in сlоѕе bу such as wаtеr асtіvіtіеѕ (rаftіng саnоеѕ, tubеѕ, еtс), while other clients prefer to go on a heritage trail in Singapore visting muѕеumѕ аnd ѕhорs. Jambar rесоmmеnds locations that are best suited for group interactions as well as аttаіnіng thе gоаlѕ оf thе retreat.

Knowing thе fооd ѕіtuаtіоn wіth your retreat іѕ important as well. Mеаl tіmеѕ оffеr a tіmе fоr ѕосіаlіzаtіоn аnd relaxation; gіvіng уоur company’s wоrkеrѕ tіmе tо relax саn help tо mаkе thеm mоrе рrоduсtіvе during the business portion оf thе rеtrеаt. As such, the creative team at Jambar has designed an activity that is perfect for meal times – the Dinner Game. It is tablet-interactive trivia and puzzle solving game that is sure to spice up meal times and include everyone around the table. Nоt all aspects оf a rеtrеаt have tо rеvоlvе аrоund buѕіnеѕѕ and being іnсrеdіblу productive; сhооѕіng tо wоrk with еxtrа, fun асtіvіtіеѕ саn hеlр tо bооѕt mоrаl fоr a соrроrаtе rеtrеаt аnd bring your еmрlоуееѕ сlоѕеr together as a team.

Mаnу retreats focus оn tеаmwоrk as something thаt thеу would lіkе tо іmрrоvе thrоugh a rеtrеаt. Here at Jambar, all our activities are specially designed to achieve that outcome. A corporate rеtrеаt саn bе hаrd tо рlаn аnd еvеn hаrdеr tо execute, but rest assured Jambar is definitely capable of able to рlаn a bеnеfісіаl and productive соrроrаtе rеtrеаt.

Team building

What makes your team ahead in the game?

 

“What makes your team ahead in the game?”

What makes your team more effective and more successful than other teams? Is it a lucky charm, or is it the strong team bonds that your team has?

Of course it is easy to become successful if you happen to run into a bit of good luck, but if your team wants to stand out from the others, you will definitely need more than just good fortune.

I am sure most people would agree that some key elements in forming an effective and successful team that stands out is teamwork and strong team bonds. How can a team work well if they are never able to attain a common consensus?

Below are some crucial characteristics that affect how effective a team is:

 

Does your team talk to one another or do they talk about each other behind each others’ back?

Trust is the basis of any relationship as it creates a bond among team members which leads to rapport and unity. Back-stabbing should be rare or even not present at all so as to ensure a high level of mutual trust among team members and remove any tensions.

Does your team have a healthy respect for each other’s opinions?

When having discussions, there is no doubt that there will be conflicting viewpoints. However, a successful and effective team would not let these conflicting opinions and disagreements snowball into an interpersonal conflict but, would instead practise active listening  and encourage each other to continue participating and contributing during discussions.

Does your team manage conflict properly?

Conflicts and disagreements are bound to occur during discussions and meetings, however these disagreements should not be taken to heart and team members should not harbour any bitterness towards one another once the meeting comes to an end. 

Does your team have the same end in mind?

An effective and successful team is fully aware of the shared goals and responsibilities, and they work together towards achieving those goals. The team realises the need to focus on the team goals and is willing to rise to the challenge to reach that goal together. The team is also able to understand that each of their individual roles, whether big or small, plays a part in helping the team reach the team goal.

 

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams and Need for Team Building

 

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams and Need for Team Building”

 

Written by Stephen R. Covey in his #1 best selling book, he presents a framework for individual effectiveness. However, this can also be applied to a team, as a team is made up of many individuals. So what are the 7 habits that Stephen Covey is talking about?

 

Habit #1:  Be Proactive

Being proactive is about taking accountability for our lives. Each individual is in charge of their own lives and are given the ability to make their own choices and decisions.

There are 2 kinds of people – reactive people and proactive people.  Reactive people tend to have an inactive and passive attitude while proactive people tend to understand that they have the power to choose how they will respond in a situation.

To put it simply, team members must be proactive in order to achieve effectiveness. To be proactive, team members must focus and work together to improve the things that can be changed or about which something can be done. At Jambar team building we specialize in finding the reactive and proactive people in your team and work on them to change thereby increasing the productivity.

 

Habit #2: Begin With The End In Mind

Beginning with the end in mind is basically starting everything the team does with a clear end goal. This way, it will ensure that the team is marching towards success.

In an organisation, team building is extremely important as the team leader has to bring in his/her whole team, to set the right strategic vision for the team and to make sure that the team works towards that vision.

 

Habit #3: Put First Things First

In order to be effective, the team must first be able to prioritize every action based on importance instead of urgency.

All activities can be classified into 4 parts:

  1. Important and urgent
  2. Important but not urgent
  3. Not important but urgent
  4. Not important and not urgent.

Normally, individuals would react to urgent and unimportant matters but the real focus should be laid upon what is important but not urgent, for example planning, relationship and team building, etc. Focusing on these matters indicate that the team is working on the core issue and preventing problems arising from the start.

 

Habit #4: Think Win-Win

Thinking win-win is basically committing to establish win-win situations that will benefit and satisfy both parties. This is because with win-lose or lose-win options, only one party appears to get what they want at that moment but will have a negative impact on the relationship between the parties in future.

To be able to think win-win, the team must always concentrate on the results instead of the methods used and on the problems instead of the people.

In an organisation, the team leader needs to ensure that the reward system is aligned with the organisation’s goals and values that employs systems supporting win-win.

Team building can help people understand the goal of organization and also how to play their part in helping the organization in achieving it.

 

Habit #5: Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood

This habit primarily means that before  a person can actually offer advice or solutions to others, they must first fully understand the other person and their mindset by practising empathetic listening.

In everyone’s daily interaction with others, they tend to stipulate actions to be taken before they truly identify the root of the problem. Hence, they should seek to fully and deeply understand the problem first by listening.

To practice empathetic listening, there will first need to be a paradigm shift as individuals generally seek to be understood but are frequently listened to with the intention of replying instead of understanding.

Practicing empathetic listening can improve communications between different parties and also, aid in attaining win-win solutions.

Facilitators at Jambar team building are NLP certified, They induce the importance and the advantages of having empathy over fellow employees during team building sessions.

 

Habit #6: Synergize (The habit of creative cooperation)

By taking into consideration the perspectives of others, the team will be able to synergize, which results in discovering new opportunities from open mindedness and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems.

The saying goes “two is better than one” and similarly synergy allows the team to come up with better plans and alternatives because of the various shared ideas.

By applying the first 5 habits, the team will be able to synergize, look, understand and solve problems together from the same side.

In short, synergizing is considering the differences such as the mental, emotional and psychological aspects between people.

 

Habit #7: Sharpen The Saw

Last but not least, sharpening the saw is essentially making time to restore oneself physically, mentally and spiritually. This will help the team to continuously practise all the other 6 habits together and improve the most important asset which is each individual.

This is an important habit because it empowers the team to keep growing and changing to make themselves a better and more effective team.

The Corporate Team Building

No matter which type of enterprise you are running and no matter how many employees are employed in it. Team work and team bonding is the first requirement in order to achieve maximum profit. Which is why, team building is usually the utmost difficult task for any company. Taking the whole team together and making them bond with each other is not as simple as it sounds. Because anyone can have ability to work hard and grow in their field, but working with a team and sharing ideas, thoughts and plans with each other is a challenge.

Since Singapore is a country with a good population rate, this means that in any enterprise the number of employees is more likely to be high. Thus, a lot of team building activities in Singapore have been created In order to assist these companies and ensure high quality team work. Based on the concept, that participants learn most when they enjoy and become actively involved in the process, experiential training is proven to dramatically improve team and individual skills. Interesting activities such as Wild Goat Challenge can be played as a team bonding game or it can be used to share on values like leadership, communication, planning before execution, adapting to changes and motivation. Moreover, Beach Olympics offers the perfect opportunity to get your team interacting and bonding. Teams compete in an inclusive series of games in a round-robin format, with results progressively posted to the record board. And the best team is rewarded with gold. It is not necessary that only fun games encourage team bonding, working in a team for a good cause is also a great way. In Singapore, where charity and social work is always available for everyone, there is no better way to increase corporate team building than working in teams for a good cause like creating a dining experience for the people in need in groups and teams or activities like building toys for the children in need. This will keep the serious corporate element in the picture and still increase team bonding by a fun activity.

Singapore is a seafood paradise. You can find good seafood at reasonable prices too! It is also public knowledge that Singaporeans love to eat, so giving a team the task to find the best place to eat every two weeks can be a small yet helpful task which will create more understanding and team work in a corporate enterprise. Other then these activities, there are plenty of other adventure and fun activities that will improve relations between the employees who have to work in a team but find it hard to agree and plan with their colleagues. For a better team work, friendship and understanding is necessary. If you learn to work as a team outside your workspace by indulging in more fun activities, only then will you learn to work with them and build a team that will make the best decisions and bring the most profits to the company.

The need for Team Building

As companies grow larger and larger, it’s important to ensure that the employees know each other and the best way to do that is to engage in team building activities which will help each employee connect and make new friends at the workplace.

But why is there a need for team building, and how can you identify it? The first thing that showcases the need for team bonding is the way your teams work. In order for a team to be efficient, it must work and behave as a cohesive entity. If there are communication problems between the team members of your Singapore company, then this shows the need for team building right from the start.

The personal performance is also affected if there is no team building. Because of that, especially in the corporate environment, you have to focus on ensuring that each person has a way to unwind and relax. Through team bonding, each employee has the opportunity to talk with others, find new perspectives at the workplace, gain new ideas and, of course, they will feel better as well.

Of course, if there’s a lack of fun at the workplace and the company quickly becomes one of those boring corporate offices where people can’t or won’t step out of the cubicles, then all you need to do is to ensure that everyone attends a team bonding session. Nothing can be more fun than talking with the others, sharing opinions and doing other similar things. It boost morale, productivity and it just makes any employee feel better!

There are many ways a company can opt for in order to perform team bonding. An idea would be to throw a party at the workplace, but if you want to truly stand out, then you have to look out for some adjacent activities. Renting a villa in another part of town or a disco can be another great way for your teams to unwind, yet at the same time you can also perform a company retreat in the wilderness. In the world of team building, possibilities are indeed endless and they are only stopped by your imagination. You don’t have to worry about these activities being unsuccessful, because people will always communicate with one another, and the results will be appreciated for sure!

If you feel that there is a need for relaxation and stress removal within your company, then just perform team-building activities, everyone will appreciate them and you will receive a boost of productivity for your company, so everyone wins indeed!

Benefits of Team Building

In the past few years, the term “team building” has gained a major importance, mainly because the business world relies more and more on the productivity and happiness of the employees in order to get the best results! Even if it started off with a few meetings outside the work hours and it ended up with nights out in town, team bonding is an important thing right now in Singapore, and these activities allow the teams in the corporate world to increase their productivity by getting to know each other.

Improves morale

The productivity of any employee lies in his morale, and team bonding does a great job in this regard. A person will always have a high morale if he sees that he is respected by the colleagues and thus he will receive a boost of confidence. This means better results for your business and a more cohesive connection between the employees, a case in which everyone wins!

Increases creativity

Team bonding in Singapore increases the creative process because it encourages people to talk and work together. This allows them to come up with multiple ideas that, in the end, lead to lots of amazing results!

Defines objectives clearly

Clarity is a major benefit that comes from corporate team building activities. Creating a cohesive team will make it much easier to define and assign objectives, because each person knows his/her exact place in the team, and thus everything works a lot better.

Problem solving abilities are improved

With more people, solutions come easier. This is why team bonding activities are a success, because they allow anyone to focus on solutions, thus finding them faster. Solution implementation also comes in a much faster fashion because there are more people on the case this time, which leads to even better results.

Identifies the weaknesses and strengths in a group

It’s very hard to see what’s the problem in a team, unless you have the time to study it. Thanks to the team building activities in Singapore, any business owner will be able to identify and then focus on repairing the issues that have appeared with the team building process. This leads to a better set of solutions that will increase productivity within the company and which will make people work better with others.

In conclusion, team bonding activities are great for the corporate and small business world, as they can bring a wide range of benefits. All you have to do is to focus on holding them in an appropriate place and as often as possible in order to reap the best possible results!

Long Term Vision from Team Building

For many business owners, team building is a process that allows employees to connect with one another right now, and they stop to think about the future. If performed properly, team bonding activities can actually bring a lot of benefit for the future of the company.

But why create a long term vision for team building? Well, you don’t perform team bonding activities in the Singapore corporate world without thinking about the future of the company. After all, the main reason behind team building activities comes from the necessity of having a working, cohesive team that will last and operate for a very long time.

Of course, there are many things that can make or break a team, but with the help of team building activities, every company will do a step in investing towards a long term vision that will bring a higher revenue margin for the business and a wide range of other benefits.

In order to create a long term vision for team building, you need to first look ahead and assess the current situation, and then see what can be improved. There are many things which might be improved, so do focus on them if you want to get the best results.

Team building does require some financial investment, so do try to align the financial goals alongside your team building vision in order to obtain the best possible outcome.

Do remember that team building will lead you towards having a team that will know its strengths and weaknesses, something that is essential at all times. It’s crucial to ensure that you create a vision for your company which is professional, cohesive, and which brings in front a focus on the team and its efforts.

Yes, with the help of team bonding activities you actually manage to keep your teams happy and, in the end, this is the most important thing. The employees are basically the engine of your company, and through these activities you allow them to breathe out of the corporate world.

Any long term vision for team building has to focus on the amazing benefits that come from having a happy, productive team of professionals. Sure, team bonding might be seen as a risky investment, but in the end this is far from that, it’s an insight into the future, and that’s all that matters in the end. Do try to focus on maintaining your team happy and you will surely like the results!

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Team Building Activities

 

Most office environments are fast-paced, so it can be difficult bringing everyone onboard for the next big project. But it’s important to keep your staff motivated, and to create team bonding activities. A team who bonds together is going to be the one who cares about the next big corporate project, rather than just putting in an appearance to collect a paycheck. Team building activities are the best way to give your staff a chance to bond together and get to know each other.

 

Finding the perfect team building activities can be a challenge. It’s happened to the best of managers. Events are announced well in advance, yet on the special day no on turns up, or no one wants to participate. One of the most notorious events seems to be the company potluck. Many people groan when they know there’s one scheduled, or even “forget” to bring their food on that day.

 

One way around this issue is for the company to order in pizza for everyone. Pizza day is a popular activity, sponsored by the business. It gives everyone a chance to take a break at the same time, and to enjoy cheating on their diets for this one day. Team members have the chance to chat for an hour. Most likely there’s little time for idle chat during the day. But having a meal brought in will allow for an opportunity for your staff to get to know each other, without having them feel guilty that they’re away from their desks.

 

Find out if any of your team is interested in becoming an activities manager. This person will be responsible for thinking up fun events for the whole office to enjoy. These events can be based on holidays coming up, celebratory occasions, or for any other reason.

 

The chance to win a prize is often a great reason for an employee to participate, even when it’s only a small token. Many people enjoy competing, but it should never be at the expense of another employee. Being able to deflect harmful competition into a fun contest for everyone to enjoy is the best way to keep bored minds occupied. Keep the contest activities to bite-sized projects. For example, if the business is considering a new logo, have a contest for your employees to design a new one. Be sure they have time at work to create their designs.

 

If there is one particular problem the company has been facing, have an on-the-spot contest. Separate everyone into teams, then have them brainstorm to find the best solution to a problem. For example, perhaps the cost of copier paper is too high, and the business needs to cut back on this expense. Workers can brainstorm the best ideas. Small gifts can be handed out to the most creative ideas.

 

Monthly team building activities may be simple, but they can still be fun and entertaining, and they’ll go far in bringing your entire team onboard for the next big project.

Team Building and Leadership: Four Ways to Build More Effective Teams

Great teams are never accidental, they are not simply the result of luck, of the right people randomly coming together to work towards a common goal. The genesis of effective teams revolves around inspiring leaders; they are built by those with vision and purpose.

 

We all know which qualities make a great leader—we look for someone who is proactive, who is not afraid to make tough decisions, who sets lofty goals and has the ability to motivate others to attain them—but what not enough of us realize is that we all have some untapped leadership potential within us. Leaders, like teams, are often “made” rather than born. (And, in the same vein, those who already identify as leaders can always find new methods to improve their technique.)

 

Ergo, if you have team building aspirations, if you wish to either become a team leader or enhance your existing team bonding skills, there are strategic steps you can take to do so, such as the four team building methods outlined below:

 

  1. Be mindful of how you work.

 

When in a leadership position, you’re entrusted with monitoring how everyone else is working, and as such, you may easily forget to remain aware of how you’re working. Always take the time to step back and analyze how your leadership style is impacting those around you: Are your techniques effective for the team you’re currently working with? If you see areas that could use improvement, be accountable and work on them; your team will respect you all the more for doing so.

 

  1. Get to know your team well.

 

Leaders often separate themselves, on some level, from the rest of the team, as they are in a position of authority. This may feel more “professional”, but in reality, too much of this distance easily cripples a team leader’s ability to relate to and inspire those on his or her team. Instead, get involved as a peer—participate in corporate team bonding activities, encourage camaraderie between team members, and take the time to empathize on an individual level with those on your team. Only by truly knowing people in this way can you tap into what motivates and inspires them.

 

  1. Create well-defined roles and responsibilities.

 

Once you truly get to know those on your team, you can take that knowledge one step further by making sure each individual has clearly defined roles and responsibilities that fit his or her skills and temperament. This is where you can create true team synergy; each team member’s interconnected, interdependent responsibilities may be linked in such a way that strengths are maximized and weaknesses downplayed, allowing the team to function as a single, powerful, streamlined entity.

 

  1. Always be proactive about giving feedback.

 

Human beings require validation, and whether it comes as constructive criticism or praise (depending on the needs of the situation), you as a leader must remember to give it, and often. Feedback is more than just the “affirmation” part of team building, it is the grease that keeps the wheels of the machine moving, letting people know when they are on the right track, and when they should adjust certain aspects of their performance to achieve even more. Remember to give feedback in an “organic” way, too; don’t wait for performance appraisals and other formal occasions, but instead give feedback informally as well, while work is actively underway.