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Team-building – two words which can strike fear and dread into many a mere mortal.  How many of us have attended company events where we are expected to get involved in one weird task or another to prove that we are indeed of sound body and mind,  or tried to impress our boss with our prowess at a sport which we would rather not do?  The answer I suspect is very high.

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Team-building became popular many years ago and is seen as a way to get co-workers to understand each other better and work together better. In extreme cases, teams can be sent off on missions in remote forests, up rock climbing walls, or bungee jumping, but do these gimmicks actually work?  Does it help teams learn to communicate better?

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Believe it or not, research shows that in most cases it does indeed work.  Team-building events can help co-workers better understand one another and learn to be more effective at working together. Team-building exercises allow management and staff to forget about deadlines and corporate structure and focus on socializing informally. These exercises can also help employees work on more serious issues, such as learning problem-solving techniques and improving communication skills. This all helps them to build trust, which goes a long way toward achieving better communication.

All that aside, sometimes even the best efforts to connect a team fail. These tend to be the events planned by executives who don’t understand the team fully. For example, if there are personal conflicts on a team, inviting them to play paintball may only serve to increase hostility and competition rather than eliminate those feelings. It is really important to take into consideration how the team currently interacts and plan non-competitive activities that break through existing issues. If co-workers rarely speak to one another, focus on communication exercises. If trust is an issue, focus on activities designed to increase trust among team members.

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Activities that everyone hates will also not go far in building trust. Simple activities like sing-alongs and rope climbing may distract employees from their work relationships, but if they resent having to be there, they won’t open up to improving the lines of communication.

So, what to do that will get everyone involved and talking?  We reckon that you can’t go far wrong with the latest activity at The Crystal in London.  They have teamed up with Wildgoose, who have devised a fantastic GPS range challenge treasure hunt game called Hunt For The Crystal, which will take you all over London on an amazing journey through the historical treasures whilst also discovering new treasures you never knew existed.

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There is a full day of exploring and when you have all done, the day finishes with an unforgettable dining experience at the most innovative sustainable events venue in the world!  A London away from London at The Crystal showcases the innovative technology of urban sustainability in not only its sustainable architecture but its menus. Enjoy and unwind after an action filled day with a sparkling wine reception and 2 course fine dining menu.  Each competitor will receive a prize which is given courtesy of The Crystal.

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There are minimum numbers of 40 for this activity and bespoke packages are available on request.  Cost for the day per person is £140 + vat, which is not cheap, but it certainly is a great way to break the ice and get people together away from work and you can guarantee that they will be talking about it long after the day is over.

If you would like more information, please get in touch.  We promise that you will not be disappointed!

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