In any type of business, companies are always looking for ways to improve the day to day running of its operation.  Often this comes down to certain aspects that need to be addressed and team building events can be effective business tools in tackling problem areas.

Identifying where your weak spots are is paramount to enable you to move forwards as a company.  Using team building events that concentrate on these key areas will help to improve the efficiency and productivity of a team, as well as strengthen the working relationships between team members.

The key areas to focus on should be:

Communication

Good communication is at the heart of any business, but it is often the area that most needs addressing.  The ability to be able to listen effectively is just as important as being able to verbalise your own needs.

Many of our indoor and outdoor team building events require people to be able to communicate effectively to complete the tasks.

Time Management

Using the time in the working day effectively is an area that most teams could improve upon.  Planning, communicating and the ability to delegate if necessary will all help people to better manage their time in the office.

Nearly all of our team building activities have a time constraint, so right from the start the teams will need to be aware of how much they need to get done in the amount of time they have.

Problem Solving

Allowing people to take ownership of their own roles within the workplace often leads to a much more productive and happier team.  Using problem solving team building activities to help improve this field will give people the confidence to look at their jobs with fresh eyes and not be afraid to try different things to help make their day run smoother.

If you would like to find out more about Business team building, then give us a call on 0800 083 1172 and we’ll talk you through the many different team building solutions we have for your company.

There are a wealth of different team building events to choose from, from outdoor physical events to indoor business-led activities, so what benefit would you get from choosing a creative team building event?

In most cases, people tend to stick quite rigidly to their work roles, doing as they have been taught to do in the way that it has always been done.  Often however, these very same people probably feel that their work lives could be improved if they did things differently.

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The Big Picture

Having your team attend a creative team building event will help them to think more laterally, as well as logically, about their own roles. And will hopefully give them the confidence to try new things when back in their workplace.

Creative team building events allow people to think outside of the box and to draw upon their own and their colleagues’ creative skills. You don’t necessarily have to be able to paint, design or perform to be able to think creatively, but these type of team building activities will help open the door to new possibilities.

Because creative team building events are not generally business-led, the pressure is off to perform to a perceived level. Working together as a team, the creative team building events help people to see what can be achieved by working together and doing something completely new and different to their everyday roles, giving people the opportunity to showcase talents that would normally go unnoticed back in the office.

As well as raising team morale and motivation, a creative team building event has everyone on an equal footing which can help to dramatically break down any barriers between management levels or different departments.

Teams will still need to be able to effectively communicate and time manage to complete the tasks, but they will also be tapping into their own creative potential at the same time.

Ice breakers for Large Groups

You’ve been tasked with choosing team building icebreakers your company’s next corporate event, how do you make sure that what you’re choosing is right for your group? How do you know that it’s an icebreaker that will deliver and meet your objectives? Well for starters, you’ve landed on the right website, we have an extensive range of team icebreakers for small intimate groups of 10 right up to a colossal 5000 delegates. Need help choosing between the ideas? No problem, speak to us on 0800 083 1172 or email us using our contact form and we’ll be in touch. Take a look at our conference icebreakers ideas or why not check out 3 of our client’s favourite team building icebreakers at the moment:

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Learn the Haka: A powerhouse of a team building icebreaker. A genuine Maori, focus your delegates, deliver a strong message powerhouse and one that won’t be forgotten, some of our clients are still talking about their Haka event 10 years after we hosted it, it really does pack that much of an impact into it. We only host the real deal, sure there are others that will have someone dressed up in a rugby outfit and teach your delegates the moves of the Haka but we’ll leave that to them. The Haka that we host, is real, it has authenticity stamped all over it and the guys that will be hosting it for you, they even opened the Invictus Games with Prince Harry, so you know they are going to be the best of the best. Name the names…who has enjoyed our Haka event before? Well amongst the many are Siemens, Abbott and Key Retirement. Think this could be right up your street and want to find out more? Call us on 0800 083 1172 or drop us a line and fill in our contact form and we’ll come back to you straight away.

Family Fortunes Events
Company Fortunes: Get your fingers on the buzzer and be prepared to answer quickly in this superb team building icebreaker. With questions that either Bob Monkhouse or Vernon Kay would be proud of, we know that Company Fortunes would be a great choice for organisers looking to create an air of competition, a necessity for delegates to communicate with each other and to lighten the mood in the conference room. You won’t be surprised that this game show is team focused, so to be successful your delegates have to think and act as a team. When you throw into the equation that we can tailor the questions to be specifically related to your company or your industry, you’ve suddenly got a very powerful conference tool.So who have we hosted Company Fortunes for/? Royal and Sun Alliance, Joseph Rowntree and Faccenda are just three of many…

Against the Clock
Against the Clock: This is a favourite for events organisers looking for fun team building icebreakers ideas that get people off their seats and moving around. There are 100 different challenges designed to be completed by your team. Some are fairly quick and easy (well, to some they are easy) and some are quite difficult and time consuming, the question is, with the clock ticking, which one’s are your teams going to tackle to earn maximum points? There are games focusing on problem solving, creative, mental, technical, sensory, physical team games, general knowledge – a real mixed bag and something for each skill set.Want to know a few of the tasks? Well, in no particular order we have plate spinning, domino rallying, puzzle solving, giant dice building, hand shadow making, hula hooping, sailor knot-tying, bell ringing, play doh modelling, balloon modelling, trigonometry solving, beer mat flipping, mystery solving, Lego tower building, etiquette relay racing, boomwhacking, card pyramid building, jelly bean conversion scoring, blindfolded elephant drawing, juggling, cup stacking and a whole host more.

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Team building icebreakers to get your message heard

We know that it can be difficult to choose team building icebreakers for your group, the pressure is on and with all of our ideas, you are spoilt for choice. The best way is always to call us. We can then ask you some key questions such as, how many people are going to take part, how long have you got for the activity, what kind of space have you got to use and what’s the budget you are working towards, once we know all of these answers, then we can get working on a no obligation proposal detailing all of our ideas and send it over to you to pick your favourite. Simple. So get in touch, call us on 0800 083 1172 or send us an email and fill in our contact form, just let us know how you’d prefer us to contact you and we’ll do exactly that.

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Team building icebreakers are important at a corporate event, they help people to settle much quicker and aid networking. They can also be used as a quick, yet powerful tool to further enhance your company’s mission statement or simply build team morale in a fun and memorable way. At Accolade Corporate Events, we understand what makes a really successful icebreaker and we ensure that your event is a huge success!

If you are planning a large corporate event this year, you may be wondering about entertainment.

Striking the right balance is important when it comes to corporate entertainment.  You need to cater to the masses and ensure that your corporate entertainment ideas will please everyone.

Tastes vary considerably, particularly when comparing age groups, so what would please a younger crowd of employees may not be to the liking of older team members.

However, there are ways to ensure that your corporate entertainment packages hits the spot.  Choosing tried and tested corporate entertainment ideas from an established event management company will go a long way to securing a great event that will be enjoyed by all.

Some of our best corporate entertainment ideas are actually fairly simple.  Whilst some would love a disco blaring with all the latest chart sounds, a workforce with a varied age group would see the majority leaving the corporate event early for a bit of peace and quiet.

Deciding upon events such as classic quiz and game shows means that everyone can take part and be thoroughly immersed in the event.  You don’t have to have been born at the time The Generation Game or Bullseye were first shown on TV to understand and enjoy the formulas and newer quizzes and TV formats such as Millionaire or Britain’s Got Talent are popular with young and old alike.

You can use quiz and games shows as your sole source of corporate entertainment or run them as a side line to a more traditional DJ and disco set up, so that everyone has a choice and can feel really included in the event.

If you’re trying to decide which summer team building event is right for your people, you may want to consider an outdoor active team building event.

Getting your team outdoors for some wet and inflatable fun could be just the thing to reignite some company passion and increase team morale.

Whilst there are occasions where business-led team building events are more useful and serve to improve vital skills required in any company, there is also a time for some fun and frolics without a serious agenda or trying to impress anyone.

Active team building is fantastic for building confidence, increasing trust and allowing everyone to let their hair down in a neutral setting, where for once rank and management level are not important.

This level playing field allows bridges to be built between colleagues and helps to break down any perceived barriers.  If you mix up the teams with people from different parts of the company, active team building events can help to improve working relationships between different departments.  If you choose to have departments form their own teams, then a little bit of healthy competition will add some spice to the occasion.

Choose from retro favourites such as It’s A Knockout or Battle of the Superstars, or take yourselves way back with our School Sports Day inspired active team building event.  Whichever event you choose you can be guaranteed that everyone will have a blast, and most will probably get rather wet!

To get even more out of your summer team building event, why not insist that everyone comes in fancy dress, or better still, link the occasion with a chance to raise money for your favourite charity.

The British summer is short and sweet so you need to act fast if you want your teams to participate in an outdoor team building event this year.

Team building often has a bad reputation, with far too many employees thinking that their company sending them off for a ‘team building day’ is almost a punishment.

We, however, think the complete opposite.  Team building events should be seen as a reward or an incentive, and they should absolutely be fun to attend and participate in.

Fun team building is the core of a successful event.  Boring, dreary and seemingly pointless exercises will do nothing but create bad feeling amongst employees and serve to further widen the ‘them and us’ gap.

Sending your team on a fun team building event should help to build working relationships, improve interdepartmental communication, and if you get your mix of teams right, help to break down any barriers between management and other levels of employees.

The key to ensuring that you have a fun team building event that is enjoyed by everyone is to select the right event for your people.  A wholly young group of employees will have different tastes and expectations of a team building event to workers with more experience, so it is critical to find an event that will suit everyone.

Thankfully, we have a great range of team building events that cater for all age groups and management levels.  By providing a level playing field for all, where people get a chance to showcase their skills as well as mingle with different management levels as equals, our fun team building events help people to learn as much about themselves and their capabilities as well as each other.  Which will then be taken back into the workplace to help everyone grow as individuals as well as together through the company.

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