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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://phillyhops.com/

Hollywood-Style Team Building in New York

1238875_10151575335791931_656281235_nHere is an article we wrote a while back about our Fast Video program done in New York.

New York is a 24-hour city full of things to see and do. With this in mind- the Fast Video Program is the perfect activity for team building in New York. If you close your eyes and think of the movie legends; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Peter Jackson, this team building concept may just unveil brilliant undiscovered filmmaking talents. Or on the other hand it could serve as a reminder to the attendees that they should continue with their day jobs!

Whichever may be the case, participants will have the time of their lives connecting with each other because team building in New York has a hint of the Hollywood touch…

As you let your creative juices flow, you will believe that New York streets are the greatest backdrops for a film. From Times Square, To Wall Street, to Rockefeller, to Central Park, the variety of scenery and possibilities are never ending.

For this movie making team building activity, attendees are urged to follow in the footsteps of many successful directors who have had the chance to film in New York and have produced quality works utilizing some of New York’s classic venues.

New York indoors can be exhilarating as the outdoors. Some great indoor inspirational films include; a mysterious murder committed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art per The Dan Vinci Code. Or picture a breathtaking dash through New York’s Grand Central Station during a Hitchcock-like chase scene.

Or imagine strolling through the American Museum of Natural History where the dioramas serves as the backdrop in Woody Allen fashion.
In order to set up a perfect scene for the Fast Video Challenge, the teams are first of all given a scenario, which inspires them to use their creativity. Then they must create a five-minute video and shoot it in a 50-minute time frame.

Teams are asked to unite and work together from start to finish. They are tasked with arriving at swift solutions to problems they may run into along-the way. It may seem a bit far-fetched but what follows is controlled chaos on large scale where group member work frantically by sharing skills and talents. But they are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to create their video productions. This type of team building inspires cohesion and cooperation.

The Fast Video New York package includes the most crucial tool that groups need to embark on this team building adventure, apart from their unique ideas; a video camera. Attendees are given the freedom to come up with a storyline in line with their assigned film genre.

The storyline could be drama, horror, and musical or sci-fi, however, comedy always seems to play a huge role in the group’s choices. Comedy motivates a free and upbeat mood in this and all team building programs.

The team building activity can be launched in conference room, or meeting space and groups are encouraged to go outside to capture local sceneries and attractions– its New York the place with plenty to see!

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://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://phillyhops.com/) or contact Owner Betty Robinson at 215-426-5644 orbetty@phillyhops.com

Why Googleplex Has a Swimming Pool

1011635_10151586847756931_704891694_nAs time has changed, so have the concepts of team building, productivity, and workforce management. What are the lessons we can learn from a pioneering company like Google?

Actually, it has many; and no, Google does not just use it for team building activities. It allows its employees to use it any time of the day. These swim-in-place pools are narrow and a bit short with water that flows in one direction only. Employees literally swim against the current, of course under the watchful eyes of lifeguards.

Trust Google to reinvent the wheel: a facility that combines physical exercise, stress management, paradigm shift, and the image of a caring company.

But that is not the only perk that Googleplex offers: it has a barber shop, gym complete with equipment, a billiard table, a ping pong table, video games, massage, laundry and dry cleaning. Employees can even come on weekends and do their laundry for free.

The message is strong: Google is not your usual company. And the message is accepted well by its thousands of employees who help propel the company to be a global leader.

Team building, Google style, has many variations and there is literally one for every preference. But what are the essential components to create such a culture?

A. A clear and consistent management commitment. The driving force behind Google’s dynamic workforce is the vision and commitment of its top management, especially of its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to create a different approach to management – something that truly fits their personalities as innovators. In fact, it has assigned a Chief Culture Officer to ensure that the culture will be maintained.

B. A physical environment that supports a flat organization and a culture of fun and innovation. Apparently, the only rooms in Googleplex that have opaque walls are the bathrooms and the massage rooms, the rest are transparent if not non-existent. The whole design of a company, as Google has brilliantly demonstrated, must reflect is core values.

C. Supportive policies. In order to create a culture of innovation, Google has a 20% work time policy. It means that it allows employees to use 20 % of their work time to create anything and do something outside the official workload. That actually translates to one day a week. Most of the company’s new products are fruits of this policy.

D. Small things count. For example, above the urinals in Googleplex are tips and puzzles about codes. This is just one of the many small things that managers can do to create a culture of innovation and fun in the office.

Yes, an in-house or off-site team building activity that are fun and innovative serve as a good starting point. In our company, we use activities like cooking, treasure hunting, and video making to bring out the team spirit of each member.

The bottom line is this: as Google had illustrated, a culture of fun and innovation is more productive and beneficial to the company.

About the author: Betty Robinson, entrepreneur and one of Philadelphia’s the first female chefs was known for her creative, non-conventional style of cooking. These qualities still define her and her current passion as founder and CEO of Philly Hops an innovative team building company specializing in team building activities that build trust and promote high performance teamwork.

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.