Team Building in March!

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I head one of our department's teams. This coming March we are going to have a team building in some posh resort. Three days and three nights. All expenses paid by our company, of course. I've been given free hand to do whatever I think is best for my team. I've been planning our schedule, trying to come up with good games and activities, etc.

Any recommendations, tips and advice on how I can give my team the best stress-free, fun and memorable team building of their lives? I'm also open to all suggestions when it comes to the games and activities? What do you think are good prizes and giveaways?
I'm sorry, I feel bad for you. Team building weekends are my nightmare. I can't spend that much time with coworkers, it's so draining.

Question: is this a voluntary thing, or is everyone on the team expected to go?
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I'm sorry, I feel bad for you. Team building weekends are my nightmare. I can't spend that much time with coworkers, it's so draining.

Question: is this a voluntary thing, or is everyone on the team expected to go?
Originally Posted by cailin
This! My last company used to do them and they were always a nightmare. And I liked my co workers!!!

My only suggestions would be stay away from anything athletic, or with presentations. Those were always the worse received.

The best year we had, they did a Master Chef for the team building. That was fun....marginally!
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oooh, Posh resort. Yes!

Can you call the resort and speak to the activities person to see if they have anything?
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You have to put in mind the goals of your team building activity, what do you want to achieve and develop among your co-workers. When coming up with an activity be sure to relate it with the struggles your employees are experiencing in their daily routines and make sure that the exercises are not too physically demanding. Ensure that everyone can participate, learn and have fun.
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Then I have to make sure that those bad experiences don't happen with my team. I really, really want to make this special for them. We all get along nicely. We even have drinks after work and sometimes meet up during weekends to go the movies, help a member of our team do stuff like painting the living room, etc.

And no, this isn't compulsory but they're all going anyway.

I'm thinking about buying this and having it as one of our games. I think it's sort of like a personality test. Maybe we can work out everyone's strengths and weakness so we are more productive. What do you think?

What about us cooking our own food? At least for one meal. I can ask the resort ahead of time what ingredients they should buy.
I'm really confused by this. Why is this necessary when employees get along and the manager has no goal in mind? Why would a company pay for this? It seems very inconvenient for ppl w/ families and other obligations. If the company has the money to throw away, why not just give them employees a few days or afternoons off? Can someone explain?
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My company did it because they were Canada wide and it was a way to get all the management togeather. It was a 3-day conference at a resort, a morning company meeting, afternoon broken up into smaller groups with guest speakers and activities.

The next day was usually the team building and a dinner. The last day was more meetings, group project stuff, then a gala dinner with awards and such.

Huge waste of time, and very little taken away from it. In the 4 or so years I went, there was one guest speaker that I think made an impact.


We do a similar with my current company. We go to the Carribean for 5 days (this year Dominican, have done Bahamas, Mexico and Dominican in the past) and other then a cocktail party and a company dinner, you're free to do what you want. You bring your SO, and a lot of us hang out togeather outside of work, so spend most of the time togeather anyways. Way better team building IMO then organized stuff!

Margaritas and pool volleyball, what more could you want!
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
My company did it because they were Canada wide and it was a way to get all the management togeather. It was a 3-day conference at a resort, a morning company meeting, afternoon broken up into smaller groups with guest speakers and activities.

The next day was usually the team building and a dinner. The last day was more meetings, group project stuff, then a gala dinner with awards and such.

Huge waste of time, and very little taken away from it. In the 4 or so years I went, there was one guest speaker that I think made an impact.
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian

Totally agree, you're at a hotel or resort but the day is so jammed with company related meetings and exercises you can't take advantage of any of it. I like my coworkers too, but 72 hrs with them is too much.

We do a similar with my current company. We go to the Carribean for 5 days (this year Dominican, have done Bahamas, Mexico and Dominican in the past) and other then a cocktail party and a company dinner, you're free to do what you want. You bring your SO, and a lot of us hang out togeather outside of work, so spend most of the time togeather anyways. Way better team building IMO then organized stuff!

Margaritas and pool volleyball, what more could you want!
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian
See, this sounds fun. Do whatever on your own schedule and have company sponsered fun.

Totally agree, you're at a hotel or resort but the day is so jammed with company related meetings and exercises you can't take advantage of any of it. I like my coworkers too, but 72 hrs with them is too much.

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Originally Posted by cailin
Two were done in Toronto & Niagara Falls, a third were the G8 summit was held in 2010. All close to me and I've been to them all, but sucked for people from other Provinces, they got to see very little.
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
I'm thinking about buying this and having it as one of our games. I think it's sort of like a personality test. Maybe we can work out everyone's strengths and weakness so we are more productive. What do you think?
Originally Posted by haircouture
Communication is indeed very important so that assessment would be effective also.

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