Play at Work

We all see corporate careers as serious, time consuming, stressful and even boring. Yes, it does give you a good pay check but what about life? Does it also give you joy along with all the stress? Of course, not!

But think again.. how about viewing it positively? What about rewards? Or is it just all about money?

Our workplace and our co-employees became our second family. Why not have fun while working? Working with your team is the best thing we all can have aside from getting our paycheck. We work with our group for at least 8 hours in a day. They became our confidants, our friends and we even fight with them at times.

Succeeding in the corporate world is something to take pride in but being in the corporate world is sometimes too stressful. So, how do we get rid of these daily stressors? We all need a break. Even top ranking officers need a break. Doing some team building exercises is a great way to unwind, release all the stressors at work and bond with your team. You will get to see the fun side of everyone. It doesn’t need much space. All you need is time and a cooperative spirit.

Take for example, a 15 minutes break. Typically some may take a coffee break or even take a cat nap. Why not do a short team building activity with your group?   Try to think of a variety of ways to become creative with your activity. You can give funny prizes to the winners and bragging rights acknowledgements.

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Workplace should never be boring. It’s not just about documents, meetings, and presentations. It’s about growing with your team, helping out to provide a better output and at the same time bringing out the best in everyone.   

Team Building Boosts Office Morale

Here is a new press release we are going to be sending out soon. It is very basic but I thought you may want to take a look at it.

Thanks,
Betty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Team Building Boosts Office Morale
A quick tool to restore camaraderie

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17, 2013: Corporations worldwide are relying on team building as an effective tool to build confidence and trust among employees. Management is willing to invest a great deal of time and effort in this pursuit in order to build long-term sustainability within the office environment. To fulfill this desire and to help corporations both big and small make the best use of their assets, Philly Hops, a very successful corporate team building company has come into the limelight.

The company is well known for its innovative and interactive team building activities including exercises and games that build team spirit. The company has in a long association with some of the well-known names of the business world and has inspired employees from these companies to contribute to their company’s growth by building morale and inspiring collaboration.

In fact, their efforts in this regard have been so successful that many companies have endorsed the activities, after seeing substantial results. One of their clients in a testimonials stated, “Our team greatly enjoyed the event. Philly Hops delivered way beyond our expectations.”

Philly Hops adopts the most current tools in team building but even so manages to keep the essence of the exercises fun and entertaining. Some of their clients include Ikea, Toys R Us, Campbell Soup, M & M Mars, Bristol Myers Squibb, WaWa, Starbucks, GMAC Mortgage, University of Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial, AstraZeneca, PayPal, TV Guide, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and many more.

To find out more about the company and their corporate packages log on to http://developer.phillyhops.com/

Philly Hops Provides Training Programs in Philadelphia

images (1)Here is a press release we posted today. It is pretty general but we have more coming out soon that will be more interesting.

Philly Hops is proud to announce they are continuing to offer an ever-growing team building catalogue to clients located in their hometown, Philadelphia, Pa. and beyond.

Philly Hops has been in business for 15-years and is a pioneer in creating distinctive experiential team building programs. They offer their clients proprietary programs that cater to the needs of businesses and are designed to not only have fun but also improve team skills. This brand of team building offers engaging, interactive events that inspire participants and promote cooperation and collaboration.

Philly Hops was one of the first companies to offer cooking team building programs. These include activities where teams cook their own meals ranging from tapas mixers to gourmet banquets where teams then sit down together to enjoy the “fruit of their labor”. A few other specialty programs Philly Hops has created include programs called Chocolate Therapy, The Wine Maker’s Challenge and a philanthropic food sculpture activity named “The Giving Tree”. All of these fun workshops not only engage groups but also allow teams to explore and improve their team process.

Betty Robinson, a professional chef in a former life, has created 12 and counting unique “foodie” team building programs. Philly Hops also offers experiential team building programs in combination with full-blown leadership development workshops done either together or separately.
To learn more about Philly Hops, the local Philadelphia training program provider, head over to:http://developer.phillyhops.com/

GOURMET CHOCOLATE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

chocther01Unique Program Uses Chocolate For Team Building

Team Building Company Philly Hops has blended popular interest in fine chocolate with experiential team building activities (to craft an unusual but effective series of “foodie” team development programs. These programs are not only engaging and stimulating but promote team skills such as communication, creative problem solving and collaboration.

Designed with organizations and corporate groups in mind, the flagship program, Chocolate Therapy, utilizes marketing simulations, tasting exercises and building trust through humor in the service of a unique experience that inspires desirable team dynamics. The exciting appeal of gourmet chocolate supports a positive approach to building better teams. This is one of the underlying strengths of the program. Designed by Philly Hops founder and president Betty Robinson, the Chocolate Therapy team building program is a much-requested corporate event and has recently expanded to accommodate large groups.

Philly Hops launched in 1998. Owner, Betty Robinson, is a former professional chef and event planner with many years of experience in Philadelphia’s finest restaurants. Together with its sister company, Go Team Building, Robinson’s Philly Hops develops groundbreaking team building activities and utilizes professional game designers and award winning trainers to produce a diverse catalog of innovative programs. Chocolate Therapy is now one of the company’s most popular offerings.

The company offers a variety of programs and events to achieve team development, including the philanthropic program “The Giving Tree,” an “Anything Goes Scavenger Hunt” and the “DiSC Personality Profile,” to name just a few. And after 15 years in the business, Philly Hops consistently receives rave reviews:

CS, Bristol Myers Squibb writes – “Thank you so much for your support of my recent team building event. Your assigned facilitators were extremely effective in getting the team energized and engaged from the outset. Equally important, I truly appreciated the manner in which the leader was able to translate the “fun” part of the activities to the business imperative I was seeking to emphasize.”

Concerning the effectiveness of the “Cake Wars” program, another client, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, writes, “Philly Hops was very responsive and attentive to our needs and expectations. [The program fosters] good engagement and participation, [with] the right balance of learning and fun—great delivery!”

To learn how a corporate team building event can help boost your company’s group-esTEAM, visit the Philly Hops website (http://developer.phillyhops.com/) or contact Owner Betty Robinson at 215-426-5644 orbetty@phillyhops.com

Philadelphia Team Building Treasure Hunt: A Space Time Merger

Philadelphia based companies can take full advantage of corporate team building. Any Philadelphia company, whether newly opened or established a long time ago, will benefit from partaking in team building activities. Everyone from the top executives, to the middle managers, to the company staff should join in and be involved in the corporate team building experience. After all, they cannot be called a team if not everyone takes part. No matter what management level a person is in, he or she will surely learn at least a thing or two during a team building session.

One of the more popular team building activities done is Philadelphia is a game called the Innovation Treasure Hunt. In this activity, the group is divided into teams and told that their company is about to undergo a merger called the Space-Time Merger.

The group is contacted by the other merging company and they are asked to send over any present technology and products that their company might have. Anything that they can send over will be used to create new innovations and any profit that the other company makes from the new products will be shared with the group.

Here’s the catch. The company the group is merging with is a company from 50 years into the future. Further more, the executives from the future company are the future selves of the people in the group. Apparently, a technology called time-faxing has been developed and it allowed the future company to contact their past selves.

The challenge to the group is to come up with something that they can give to their future selves to help save the future company. They should be able to find these products, photograph them, and present them to the company from the future for assessment. Groups are given a time limit of only 3-4 hours, so they need to start working immediately.

A Philadelphia Innovation Team Building Treasure Hunt is great for groups with 6 to 200 members. This can be done either outdoors or indoors. This is one of the best team building activities for improving communication, team work, time management, and cooperation within a group.

Team Building Activities- The Quotes & The Benefits

Here is another article we wrote that discusses the benefits of team building activities and also talks about the use of quotes to support team building benefits.

THE PHRASE TEAM BUILDING implies individual activities and programs that are undertaken to enhance the levels of group productivity and improve cohesiveness among team members. Team building activities are important for improving the overall performance of the team. The following are some of the clear benefits of team building activities:

• Team building activities help in improving productivity and morale levels of employees.
• Team building activities enhance the creativity of team members
• Team building activities educate the group members about the techniques of handling conflict.
• Team members can improve their communication skills with the help of team building activities.

In management literature, team building is an extensively discussed topic. Management gurus place importance on working together as a team through team building quotes related to work.

The late Mr. Stephen R. Covey, a respected teacher and organizational consultant on leadership and team building, believed that teamwork was highly essential in attaining organizational objectives. In his popular book, ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ he emphasizes how important team building is and writes, Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success”. Peter Drucker was a well known American author who contributed the written constitution for performing the management functions of an organization. He believed that team building was the everyday fact and reality of an organizational set up. However, he also believed in the concept that every team is different and possesses a varied constraint within which it should perform. This fact comes to fore through his following lines:

“Teams, in other words, are tools. As such, each team design has its own uses, its own characteristics, its own requirements, its own limitations”.

The most vital aspect of team building is motivation. A number of strategies are used by team leaders to ensure that their team members remain highly enthusiastic.

Team leaders also use team building quotes in order to motivate their team members. Motivating quotes can also be pinned on pin-board in a meeting room. If the quotes are put up on glossy papers they would immediately attract attention and the quotes will be read repeatedly. Thus, pin-board strategy is effective as a motivation tool for members of a team.

Anything Goes in a Philadelphia Team Building Treasure Hunt

Imagine yourself – or your co-workers – as spies, each one working in their respective spy teams. They’ve got a mission to fulfill, other “spies” (the other teams) to outrun, and an object that they have to find and unearth before anyone else gets to it. Everyone is in Philadelphia, working against the clock. Whether it’s a devise, secret documents or corporate espionage that they’ve got to uncover, the experience – set against Philadelphia’s sights and sounds – is wild and fun!

The terms “team building” and “experiential learning” have become virtual household terms as companies discover that team building activities are effective in building team spirit and fostering cooperation and harmony. While in the past decades corporate team building activities leaned towards the lecture style, these days more and more companies, many of them among the Fortune Top 500, have discovered the value of experiential corporate team building. They have made them regular events in their employee programs.

If you or your employees ever had any James Bond fantasies when you were children, this is certainly the time to make those fantasies come true. Through team building activities, real-life situations are created to enable your employees to experience dreams. These fantasies are in turn designed to enable you to achieve goals that are team-skill related.

Themed treasure hunts, complete with maps, strategy making and cryptic clues, are perfect team building activities for allowing your employees to discover and hone strategizing and problem solving skills. In addition, the endeavor of several heads working together to achieve a common goal while forming bonds and learning to cooperate is a learning activity for every participant. It can be as seemingly serious as you want – like a popular Philadelphia based Spy Treasure Hunt, or the other end of the spectrum – crazy and hilarious – as in a Philadelphia Anything Goes Photo Treasure Hunt. You choose the activity and let a team building professional customize it to your needs.

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Philadelphia is the perfect location for treasure hunts and team building activities of all kinds. There are many unique sites for the teams to visit and exciting things to see. Have you ever watched the popular television show Amazing Race? Treasure Hunts are the Amazing Race, Corporate Style.

So why not try a treasure hunt in Philadelphia, and allow everyone to discover the city’s many attractions while they unearth their hidden skills and form bonds with each other? They’ll appreciate the different venues and the chance to have fun while learning. You’ll appreciate the difference that a team building activity will make in their productivity.

Hollywood-Style Team Building in New York

In the city that never sleeps there are so many things to see and do. That is why the Fast Video Program seems to be tailor-made for team building in New York. Think James Cameron, Peter Jackson or Steven Spielberg… this team building activity will either reveal to the world (or at least to the group) some hidden talents in film making or remind the participants to stick to their day job! Either way, teams will have a ball bonding with their teammates. This is team building in New York — with a touch of Hollywood.

When you really think about it, what better possible backdrop for a film then the streets of New York? From Times Square, to Rockefeller Center, Central Park to Wall Street, the diversity of scenery and possibilities evoked are endless.

For a movie making team building activity, teams could follow the example of the many successful directors who have filmed in New York and shoot inside some of the classic NY venues. Indoors in New York can be just as exciting as outdoors with film inspirations like… a mysterious murder committed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Does this sound like a familiar scenario… a la the Da Vinci Code? Or dashing through New York’s Grand Central Station during a Hitchcock-like chase scene. Or maybe strolling through the American Museum of Natural History with the dioramas as a backdrop – Woody Allen-style.

To set the scene for the Fast Video Challenge the group is first given a scenario that gets them thinking. They must come up with and shoot a five-minute video in 40 minutes. Sound pretty challenging? What follows will definitely begin as total mayhem as team members enthusiastically share skills, talents and energy to create their video production. This team building activity not only generates excitement but also inspires cooperation. Teams must collaborate from the beginning to end and also find quick solutions to problems that arise along the way.

The Fast Video New York package comes with the most important tool that the teams will need for the adventure, other than their own ideas: a video camera for each team. The participants are then free to create a storyline based on an assigned film genre. It may be drama, musical, even sci-fi or horror, but more often than not, comedy is a big part of the team’s choice, in keeping with the playful atmosphere of the team building program. The complete program typically lasts a half-day. It could launch from any conference room or meeting space with teams also venturing outdoors to include local scenes and attractions. This is, after all, New York.

Team Building and Washington National Treasures

Hi! We wrote a bunch of articles about team building in the east coast concentrating on three popular areas … New York, Washington and Philadelphia. I’d like to post some of them here to give you a chance to see them. Please enjoy!
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Companies are realizing that in order to be at the top of the heap and ahead of the race, employees must share in the company’s vision and be willing to go that extra mile to make the company great. Team building activities are one of the best ways to bring out that fervor and “can-do” attitude in employees. And what better place to do this then Washington DC?

Washington, with its captivating sites and historic ambiance, makes a great venue for team building activities aimed at bringing out the best in people. Corporate team building companies in Washington design unique, out-of-the-ordinary corporate team building activities that are effective and fun at the same time. Each of the various treasure hunts and mystery games are customized for the client company to ensure that objectives are fulfilled. Participants may not feel they’re working on something serious because they’re having so much fun, but at the end of each session it is evident that there were valuable lessons learned.

One reason why the Fortune 500 companies are so successful is because they realize the value of their people and how they affect and influence the product. These companies know that in order to be the best, they have to bring out the best in their people. They also realize that corporate team building is one of the most effective ways to do this. Team building activities are designed to help achieve objectives, and find the treasures that are hidden in each of your staff.

All of us like a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. That’s why movies like the recent one located in Washington, National Treasures, the De Vinci Code, and Indiana Jones were such blockbusters at the box office. Movies like these never go out of style, because in every person there is that treasure hunter wanting to find the bounty.

It’s the same for companies: everyone wants to be the best in the market. With the advent of globalization, companies are now feeling the pressure as they race to outdo each other in uniqueness and quality. The competition is not just local; every company in the same field, including those from across the globe, is a force to be reckoned with.

Your employees are your treasures. They are the ones who make the company great because of their ideas and their work. Your great product wouldn’t exist if not for somebody’s brains, and that excellent quality wouldn’t be there if not for your people’s work in making it world-class. Most employees are rough diamonds until their talents and skills are uncovered. How do you uncover that gem and discover the talent inside – through team building activities.

This is why corporate team building has become big business. Team building activities take participants out of their comfort zone – just for a while – and help them discover skills and talents they never knew they had, and enable them to build harmonious working relationships with their co-employees. It’s amazing to see how several minds working together can create a thing of uniqueness and beauty, and how the challenges participants face become bonding experiences. The great thing is, that sense of well being and achievement carries over to the workplace and helps improve productivity. Try one of these in Washington sometime soon and see the difference it will make.

Team Building: The Importance of Sharing Knowledge

When you are a part of the management team at your place of employment it is vital to make sure that you are making use of all of the team building skills that you have learned. Whether this means working as a team with your fellow managers or getting your staff to work together, there is a lot to be done. Not everyone works well in a team and that is generally because they are not used to it. Those who have not had such training or experience may find working in teams difficult. This is where your expertise comes into play.

Think back to everything you learned in school when you learned about team building. You will want to apply what you know to your current situation so that you are able to get the most out of your team. Even if you are not the superior to other managers you may be working with, you may need to help lead them into becoming a successful team. Not everyone may have received the proper education and training that you have so you may need to lead without being too obvious. You do not want to offend but you want to be successful.

Team Work

If you feel though that your team building skills are not up to par as they should be then you need to take action. There are many online courses that you can take to earn a certificate in various subjects. Team building is something that you can relearn if you feel that you need a refresher course. Before dishing out your own hard earned money you may want to check with your employer. Many companies offer free classes that you can take advantage of. These classes will provide you with many benefits.

Not only could you learn more about team building from these classes but you could check into the other things offered as well. Upon completion you will have the knowledge and the confidence you need to move forward. You will also have something on your employee record that will brightly stand out. Many employers take a look at how much an employee strives to improve and will take such things into consideration when it is time for a raise. So get started putting your current skills into place and even learning some new ones. You and those around you will benefit from it.