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Orientation day can be a deal-breaker for your new employees. How this day goes can tell them if they made the right...
Scavenger hunts are great fun. They have been since we were kids, searching through the briars and the brambles for those elusive goodies...
Office holiday parties can be one of two things. They can be boring and painful for everyone involved. Or, they can be...
One could suspect that the chaos inherent in cities would decrease productivity; a preponderance of distractions, increased stress levels, and traffic to just name a few. This research shows that when a city doubles in population every indicator of economic growth increases by 15%. Aggregating various industries in the same area helps increase collaboration, purchasing power, […]
Everyone is familiar with the frustration felt from having imparted valuable information, then proceeding to witness those words go in one ear then out the other. Journalist Sydney J. Harris once wrote, “The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting […]
Many job descriptions don’t even begin to cover all of their required tasks, and within most teams there are unspoken roles that aren’t, but should be, clarified. I knew a senior engineer, for example, who was usually employed as a project manager by his office, but whenever there weren’t enough projects the company kept him […]
Fostering a competitive spirit is a desirable outcome of most team building events, but with improper planning or implementation it can also go horribly awry. A Californian home security company allowed a team building exercise to go terribly wrong, resulting in a woman suing her former employers 1.5 million dollars for harassment. Although most people […]
Ninety-three percent of employees who say they feel valued at their job report that they are motivated to do their best work. These are the results of a poll done by the American Psychological Association, which show that there are obvious benefits to organizations for team building events and activities. Despite this, according to research […]
Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can help improve a team’s efficiency and creativity; like walking, as a study done at Stanford University seems to say. We’ve long known about the positive effects of exercise on mental well-being and creative ideation, at least anecdotally, but convincing your team to go on a run during the […]
No two teams are alike, and neither are any two team’s sets of needs. Some teams are highly social, getting along so well that it’s reached the point of common distraction in the workplace. Others work together with almost mechanical efficiency, but hardly converse about anything besides their current projects. Most teams fall somewhere in […]
Motivated and enthusiastic employees are an asset to any business. If you can assemble a strong team then you will find that your business runs a lot more smoothly, and you will be better equipped to face the challenges of the current economy. The question is, how do you build a good team, and once […]
I can still remember quite clearly what it was like being a member of my local Youth Organization’s Soccer team at five years old. Bumbling around in cleats I would soon outgrow, part of an uncoordinated, fifteen child swarm chasing a ball in whatever direction it was kicked. I remember Coach Colton, who was kind, […]
For most people, the Holidays are a magical time. They’re a time for celebrating who and what is important to us, and they’re generally spent with loved ones, eating delicious food, exchanging gifts, and making memories. I know I look forward to them every year, it’s when we’re most likely to get the whole family […]
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