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Building teams in an afternoon: What to try?

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Question: "I'd like to hear some team-building event ideas from other administrative professionals." - Sandra

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Dianne Jackson April 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

A topical mini-idea -

We had ane Easter Egg Hunt throughout the office today.
Done in teams between 08:00 and will finish at16:00 today.
The team that collects the most mini eggs from their hiding places gets a box full of Easter Suprises.
cost per head = £1.
Everyone has been having great fun.

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Dan March 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

To get the most out of teambuilding, you should hire a trained facilitator. You can find one by getting in touch with your local Parks & Rec department or looking online for a private company. It can be a little pricey depending on where you are located, but it is worth the expense!

Teambuilding facilitators are trained to guide the team through building group cohesiveness and to recognize/ help with potential problem areas. They will also make sure they know your team’s goals for the afternoon, and ensure that the games selected are all working towards those aims. And, best of all, having an outside facilitator means ALL of your team can participate, including you!

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Wren March 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

We did a teambuilding activity for our international group (people from US, India, Israel, UK & Germany) where we gave back to the community by working with a local organization that builds, repaints and repairs wheelchair ramps for the elderly and homebound. We had 40 people divide into 5 teams of 8 and have a competition. The teams were each assigned a color and wore matching shirts. They were assigned a project (build a ramp, paint a ramp, or do yard work) and afterwards gave presentations (at their discretion, but they had to include pictures) on their teambuilding projects. We had impartial judges give prizes for the best presentations. It was tons of fun, lots of hard word and very rewarding.

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Jeana March 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

We recently participated in a game called “two truths and one lie.” Each person would say three things about him/herself, and one thing would be a lie. The others would have to guess which statement is a lie. It helped us learn more about one another and added an element of fun.

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Maggie March 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I was able to institute a quarterly team building event with each group taking a turn hosting the gathering. The teams would give a review on their workgroups – on what they did, the roles they play, and who each team member was. The event is scheduled for 30min, with the first 15min a learning session, and the second 15min, a networking session. So far, my group has been pleased with the outcome.

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