Participating in a TV game show, creating an ice sculpture or building teddy bears sound like creative weekend activities, but they can also benefit your small business during the workweek.No matter one's age, play is a great learning tool. In the office, it leads to increased self-awareness and a sense of trust among coworkers. In operation for 20 years, morale-industry leader
Teambonding's offices are bicoastal, in both Boston and San Diego, and the company also has event facilitators in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as an international presence in Toronto and Sydney, Australia. Goldstein takes many factors into consideration when planning activities for clients, including group size, location, corporate culture and goals. Events can be customized on the basis of each company's needs and structure.
Teambonding has other creative ways to get employees know each other. The "Progressive Dinner" is a four-course, table-swapping meal, in which employees have an opportunity to mingle with different colleagues as an MC coordinates several tabletop games. As a result, coworkers learn the importance of unity and communication through their own actions, without it being pushed on them. Teambonding also is also involved with nonprofit charities such as the Boys and Girls Club and Bikes for Tykes, or a client can pick a favorite charity. One related event, "Build-a-Bike," has employees building bikes for disadvantaged children. Another teaches employees how to make teddy bears for kids with Down syndrome. "There wasn't a dry eye
after giving the teddy bears to the children," notes Goldstein. Not only do employees feel good after these activities, they also learn problem-solving and time and resource management. that they don't get a chance to know each other. When the economy isn't good, companies have some downtime to give employees the chance to really know one another." The prices for Teambonding's activities range from $1,500 to $5,000, but the effect on a company's employees -- and its resulting product -- will be far beyond that. So the next time you are thinking of creative ways to encourage communication and problem-solving in your company, think about play -- you might be surprised at its benefits.