Many are the retreats those at the lofty level of director have been compelled to suffer through. All begin alike, with breakfast spreads of fruit (lightly sampled), muffins, and the quickly disappearing doughnuts — did I mention today is National Doughnut Day? Quick factoid: The average glazed doughnut has fewer calories than the average “healthy” bran muffin or bagel with cream cheese.
Thence (yes, I’m back to the company retreat topic) begins pronouncements of the day’s mission, which may then be followed by presentations. By the noon lunch, the walls of the meeting room are papered over with poster-size Post-Its upon which have been scribbled all manner of suggestions from those who actually have taken the leader at her word that, “There are no bad ideas.”
The only saving grace is that these will be collected, never again to see the light of day.
Spicing up some of these events, may be a team-building exercise. For you who plan such events, I offer two suggestions: Ukeleles and bottle caps.
In what I can only describe as truth in public relations, I received an email that, in part, declares: “Musivate’s use of the Uke to bring corporate teams together is totally unique.”
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I’ve heard of rope climbing, zip-lining, Lego block building, and others, but learning to play the ukelele as a team building exercise is a first.
Says teacher and founder Lorraine Bow (sort of ironic, that), “Learning to play an instrument such as the ukulele is fun and inclusive. It’s a really enjoyable way to spend time and engages participants like few other forms of team building do.”
Bottle Cap Networking
Wanting something subtler? Stock the lunch buffet with Coke’s bottles with the new networking bottle cap. It takes a mating of two bottle tops to remove each cap. In other words, you have to get people to work together. Not only for team building, but — attention HR — it can help with that worker engagement thing. At least a little, no?