[updated 2023] If your group is lucky enough to host a San Diego team building activity we’ve collected some great ideas for you. Of course there’s the beach, Sea World, the Wild Animal Park, and Comic Con, but when you really want to learn more about both the town and your team consider these San Diego corporate team building activity suggestions. We’ve updated the list to feature a few more for 2023. As our mother’s favorite San Diego team building company we can vouch for all of these activities. Read more
[Update 10/23] It’s scary how excited I am for my favorite holiday at the end of the month(ahem October). Halloween is a devilishly good excuse to get sugared up on candy, despite being a fully grown adult. Regardless of what day Halloween falls, you’re probably still expected to show up in costume for work(or zoom) on at least one day. You can still embrace the spirit of the season and have some frightfully fun workplace play by dressing up in office Halloween costumes. I’ve compiled what I think are some awesome and creative ideas. I’m simply a foolish mortal though, so please share your wicked costume ideas in the comments or by tagging us on social media. We’re sure you’ll all look drop dead gorgeous. As team building experts we approve group halloween costumes as an official team building activity.
I headed down to San Diego to nerd out on culture at the Culture Summit conference. Here’s what I saw.
Companies are worried about and focused on how to help their employees with burnout, loneliness, and connection. While soaking in the speakers, conversations, panels, and workshops at Culture Summit in San Diego, I could see connection and burnout surfacing repeatedly. It’s all wrapped up in the latest HR catchphrase of “employee wellbeing”(or wholebeing). Read more
[Updated 5/10/23] Easily build employee engagement and team build during your next virtual meeting with our help. One of the difficulties of remote teams is the lack of a water cooler. A place where people can casually chat about non-work subjects while grabbing a coffee or a snack. To help fill the gap left when we all left the office for the virtual space, we began experimenting with our interactions on Slack and in our daily team huddles. Here are our teams favorite ways to help build engagement, get smiles, stay in touch, and dig deeper than the work.
Our solutions and ideas use a combination of Slack, Zapier, Zoom, and more to get smiles. Read more
If the Great Resignation has taught the business world anything, it should be this:
Yes, you do have to care about the factors affecting employee engagement in your organization. If company culture is “the way things are done around here,” then employee engagement is “how your employees feel about the way things are done around here.”
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, activate means to “cause something to start working.” But with any luck, your employees are already doing that—working—and you’re here because you’re looking for ways to level up. If you’d like to make work more meaningful for both you and your employees, then pursuing an employee activation strategy can help (at least until someone comes up with a better term for it). Read more
With our team building work, we at FireFly Team Events have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of different companies. Often when searching for great company cultures you’ll find articles highlighting fun work spaces like Pixar’s breakfast cereal bar or Google’s colorful and spiraling office slides. Now, I love playgrounds and sugary cereals as much as the next person, but how much engagement do those perks inspire? The following companies have a culture that extend beyond flashy Instagram fodder. Instead, they focus on policies and procedures that inspire communication, creativity and group identity.
Zappos is no stranger to top lists. Whether measuring customer service quality or employee satisfaction, Zappos ranks high. This is likely due to the apparent lack of office politics. When interviewing, candidates are questioned not just about their qualifications, but their personality and values. This unique personality test ensures they will be a good cultural fit for the office. Zappos also rewards employees based on skill tests and reviews. The clear paths to growth reduces nepotism and politicking. They also have a strong unique corporate identity shaped by their core values including, “Create fun and a little weirdness.” Staff are referred to and treated as family, which breeds immense loyalty and drive. Read more
Of course we at FireFly love playing games. We take every opportunity to play-test new challenges we offer on events. Games are more than fun, they are a valuable engagement tool. According to a Linkedin study, 46% of workplace professionals report that having a good friend at work is important to their overall happiness. Now, we’re not saying all your coworkers need to be BFFs, but engaging in friendly activities like office games can actually increase creativity and retention. When choosing a game to introduce to your office consider staff personalities, afforded time, and resources so that you can pick something best suited to your office. Here’s five ideas to get you started.
1. Office Games DIY: Mad Libs
Feel free to keep things simple with this idea. In a common area have staff list random verbs, nouns and adjectives that you feed into an office Mad Lib. At the end of the day or week, type it up and display it in the break room. Staff will get a chuckle and will want to offer different suggestions the next time. These are great entry level office games for employees who may not want to commit to something more involved. Read more
Here’s your excuse to buy that rotating triple barrel precision shot Nerf blaster you’ve been eyeing in the toy section. Play, such as firing foam darts, is a valuable office team building activity that can actually increase productivity by providing employee fun. And yes, I’m serious about this. I never joke about fun.
The Power of Play
As children we are encouraged to play to strengthen our creativity, build problem solving skills and improve communication. Once we grow up however, we’re expected to stop playing and focus on “work”. Work tends to involve using creativity and communication to solve problems, so why does play suddenly become unimportant once our ages pass the range listed on toy packaging? Scientists like Stuart Brown have been studying the correlation between play and success at the National Institute for Play. Psychologists have begun encouraging adults to harness the power of play so that we can continue to reap the benefits of it.
Now that Pokemon Go has decimated the US workforce’s productivity, it’s time to talk employee engagement. Pokemon Go has done what you as a manager need to be doing – it’s building engagement. It provides users with value, exercise, recognition, anticipation, and a sense of purpose. How can you as a manager help your staff discover value within your organization? What can you do to encourage strong interpersonal relationships? With the rise of the millennial work force employees are starting to care less about what they’re doing and more about why they’re doing it. The ability to find meaning and purpose in one’s work is rapidly becoming the number 1 reason for staff retention. If you can tear your team away from Pokemon Go try these 5 employee engagement ideas. (battling in a Pokemon Gym doesn’t count)
1. Develop a Health and Wellness Initiative
Employees recognize and appreciate when their company cares for their well-being. Not only does having wellness programs demonstrate that you value your staff, but healthy employees tend to be more productive and less absent. Work with your staff to develop a wellness program that aligns with their interests. You could organize a kick ball team, have a weekly yoga class, or even offer healthy snack alternatives at the office. Your employees will feel better about themselves, and about the company they work for.
2. Recognize Staff Accomplishments
I’m not saying gather your staff in a circle and sing “kumbaya”. Unless everyone wants to, then definitely do that and send us footage. Instead, ensure that your employees know YOU are aware of their hard work and achievements. It should be a clear recognition and a regular occurrence. Defeat divisive competition by making individual accomplishments team wins and celebrate them together. Promote a culture of encouragement and congratulations. Many offices have a seldom used compliment box, punch it up by having an occasional drawing and offering gift cards to the complimented and the complimenter. This spreads goodwill among all the staff. Read more