Joxel Team Building
Written by: Shelly Rageth
Do we all not dread and cringe when we hear, “We’re having a Team Building event”.
How many times have you said or heard, “I don’t want to think too hard at this event, I don’t want to be singled out, or, can’t we just sit and listen and do nothing?”
For our last company team building event we did something a little bit different. For some companies, like Joxel, team members are located at different locations. When you have team members that are dispersed geographically, you really might not know a lot about those team members at different locations.
Who’s The Team Member?
Why not have a team building exercise that focuses on trying to get to know a little bit something extra about all your team members. That’s one of the exercises we did at this team building event. The first exercise was titled, Who’s The Team Member? It went something like this:
- Match column A to column B.
- Column A identifies something about a team member. Column B is the team member.
With a team partner match the team member identifier in column A to the team member in column B. (For an advantage, if you’re at location X pick a partner from location Y)
It was further explained that key words, phrases or characteristics in column A were taken from conversations, observations, or interactions with that team member.
Here’s some of what was included in column A.
|1. I feel blue, if I have to cook.||This team member orders Blue Apron quite often.|
|2. It’s time for a change. I’ll do it at work.||
This team member rides a bike to work and then changes at work.
|3. I’m not the baker in the family||This team member always brings in cookies that his wife makes. His wife and sister in-law want to open a bakery someday.|
During the exercise there was a lot of fun discussion of, “Who could that be?”, “Did I say that?”, “That couldn’t possibly be me.”, “Is that me?”
After the exercise it was explained why Column A was chosen for the particular team member. There was a lot of “Ahs, and “That makes sense now.” There was also fun re-visiting of past conversations and interactions of why column A was chosen for the team member.
The next time you find yourself conversing with a co-worker, make note of it, you never know when that might prove to be helpful someday.
Match the Pairs
The second exercise was Match the Pairs Memory
Game with a twist. You match tiles and then try to guess the puzzle underneath the tiles. The group was divided into 4 teams with each member of a team taking a turn.
The tiles, when matched correctly were characteristics of our company including company site locations, company motto, vendor names, company service offerings and general work practices.
- Tile—Work Smarter the matching tile was Not Harder. (Work Smarter, Not Harder)
- Tile—Diverse the matching tile was Team. (Diverse, Team) We have a very diverse team in ethnicity, gender, age, and educational levels.
The puzzle underneath to solve when all the tiles were cleared:
Can you guess the puzzle?
At first, this exercise seemed to be a bit more challenging since it was not a typical “one-for-one” match to find the pairing. Once the teams got the hang of it, they had a lot of fun with it, some even unknowingly cheated.
You were not supposed to help out a team member if that team member could not remember where the matching tile was located. When the team event organizer pointed that out, some teams stated, “Isn’t that what team members are supposed to do, help each other out.” Touché.
Both exercises were fun and easy-going. Our team did get to know a little something more about each other and we were also able to squeeze in traditional team building collaboration along the way.
THE GREAT EGG DROP!
Written by: Yancy Suber
When you have a good chunk of your team working off-site, how do you keep them feeling connected to the “Mother Ship”? Company meeting you say, nope. The company intranet, nope. A company-wide email, you guessed it, nope. I’ll tell you how, you put together a team building event and for good measure, make attendance mandatory. Just kidding, hopefully they will want to attend. At the Joxel Group, there are several lines of business that we offer, implement and support for our customers. This results in some of our team members working off-site, in order to meet those needs of our customers.
“Let’s see, let me see, your egg is safe.”
” Your egg’s safe too.”
” What about yours? Y ‘up your egg made it and so did yours.”
I was in disbelief. Four drops and no cleanup necessary. Wow! Who would have thought, I didn’t.
When I was asked by my leadership team to facilitate a team building event, part of me was extremely excited and another part of me was like,
“Uh oh, what am I going to do?”
Out on the web, you’ll find a multitude of team building event choices. From the simple to the complex, your choices are endless. What did I want to accomplish with this team building event? Well, there are the standards, learning to work together, developing problem solving skills, developing time management skills and how to delegate, to name a few. After thinking about it, I figured out that I just wanted my coworkers to have fun with their co-workers they haven’t seen in awhile and hopefully, the standard lessons would just fall into place.
I divided my co-workers into groups of three. The task was to create a contraption that would protect an egg from a drop of about 15 to 20 feet. Each group had to pick a team captain who was responsible for getting the supplies for their team, from the supply room. I predetermined what supplies they could and couldn’t use. The teams had 30 minutes to complete the task. Between the captains running back and forth from the supply room, loud laughter, and me trying to make sure every team was obeying the rules, it was finally time to drop.
“To the drop zone!” I shouted.
We all marched outside, wearing our plastic hard hats with our company logo stuck to the front of them, laughing and poking fun at each other’s contraption. One of my co-workers was laughing uncontrollably as she compared her team’s contraption to the others.
Time for lift off. Mission accomplished and now pizza. Next time we’ll drop the eggs from 30 to 40 feet.