Why Merger Events Are Good For Your Business

Merging with a company is stressful. There are so many tasks at hand to make sure everything runs smoothly, but something that might not be on the mind of either business is how the employees mesh. Everyone is new, and the employees from each company definitely don’t know who they’re going to work with in the future. Team-building activities, such as improv and game shows, are a perfect Florida corporate event to have so different employees can meet each other. 

Collaboration
Working with new people means you must learn how they operate. When merging companies, working together with others is essential for an effective office environment. It breaks down any potential barriers by allowing others to see how co-workers solve problems, and to see what hidden skills they have that wouldn’t usually appear in an office. 

Communication
Communication a big part of running an efficient business. Team-building games really help when people become reliant on each other to reach a goal in a game. Take the obstacle course, for example. You must work with teammates to reach the end, and if there is no clear communication that team will be left in the dust; a perfect metaphor for a new workplace. The casual games outside of an office can also build trust and bonding. 

Builds Morale
Team building supports the sense that both companies take great pride in caring for their employees. A merger can make people feel like they’ve lost importance. Hosting a team-building event shows their needs are being looked after — which is motivating. The motivation can lead to employees feeling better about investing time into the new company, especially because team-building builds new relationships as well. New relationships create excitement for coming into work each and every day to see their colleagues! 

Deadlines
A lot of team-building exercises require quick decision-making. Working together with others to reach a goal as fast as possible can transfer to real-world office situations, too! Deadlines are plentiful in an office, so this technique will really get people collaborating for the common good of success.

Two companies merging is the perfect time to host a Florida corporate event full of team-building. What better way to introduce employees than a couple of fun games? Call 407-955-4949 or go online to receive a quote today.

Team Building Activities for Large Groups

Though it might be hard to focus on every team member individually at large corporate events, there is a multitude of ways to get the group interacting, practicing teamwork, and building relationships. Take a look at our favorite ways to entertain a large group!

Relay Races
Until now, you may have never realized how much you want to see your boss hopping in a potato sack or balancing an egg on a spoon. It can be quite comical — as well as challenging — to work as a group when you’re trying to finish a relay race. (Especially when you have to get a ball through a series of pipes only by tilting the frame.) Relay races are an excellent way to break the ice and encourage teamwork.

Arcade Rentals
Everyone loves a good arcade! Our variety of game room and arcade game equipment can fit any theme, including ocean, hunting, futuristic, classic billiards room, golf, and more. Our list of games is constantly expanding, so please feel free to ask for an updated list of games for your event date.

Casino Tournaments
Consider hosting a poker tournament. Our Casino tables are designed for a genuine casino atmosphere; each one is held at a Las Vegas standard. Tables even come staffed with certified dealers and croupiers who not only entertain your guests, but teach them! All you need to worry about bringing are the prizes you plan to give out.

Carnival Fun
You can’t go wrong with a carnival event. Whether you’re looking to plan an event inspired by pirates, the tropics, or the wild west, we can help you create the carnival of your dreams. Guests can race through an inflatable obstacle course, compete to outlast each other on the mechanical bull, or challenge each other to an inflatable jousting duel.

Game Show Mania
We’ve all sat around the television and cheered on countless game shows, secretly thinking that we could be better; we could solve that puzzle faster; we know more trivia. Why not bring the game show to your coworkers? From speed rounds of trivia to spinning a wheel for your fate, everyone will be on the edge of their seats.

At Funplanners, we’re all about Florida team building. We can match your activities to the theme of your event and provide all gaming and hosting means so that you can just kick back and enjoy. Contact or call us at 407-955-4949 for a guaranteed fun time!

Team Building Has Never Tasted So Good

It’s clear that team building is one of the most positive and productive events you can plan for your organization. But what kind of event should you design? There is no better way to bring people together than the one thing that we all need and enjoy every day: food. To create a unique event, let the Orlando team building foodies at Fun Planners help you plan a delicious event that will bring your team and their taste buds together. Here are some interactive ideas for cooking classes that your team can participate in:

  • Sushi Rolling

Sushi rolling is a traditional culinary art that not many know how to do, which calls for a learning experience regardless if someone dislikes sushi. Your team will collaborate in stations, with each individual station dedicated to a different piece in the sushi making process. The teamwork involved will inspire your employees to create a masterpiece!

  • Pasta Designing

Who doesn’t love the idea of cooking a hearty Italian pasta dish? Making pasta may seem like a simple task, but a cooking class will also teach your team how to make decadent sauce and desserts to pair with it. Your group can also enjoy wine tastings while they cook, a great way for them to bond and relax.

  • Carnivorous Classes

For meat lovers, there are also classes dedicated to a more smokehouse style. There are charcuterie board classes for a simple taste, or there are even hands-on classes dedicated to making sausage and other meats beginning in the processing room. Enjoy the instructions on how to create original barbecue sauce to pair with the protein.

  • Anything and Everything

If you simply just can’t choose which food group your team might enjoy making and tasting the most, try out a generalized cooking class where each class makes something different every time it’s held. It’s usually designed as a surprise, where guests won’t know what’s on the menu until they’re already at the venue in their aprons. Typically, these types of classes involve an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert, so there is room for everyone to find something they can enjoy.

  • Competitive Cooking

For a team building event that incites a little friendly competition among your employees, pick a cooking class that chooses teams and pairs them against each other. The judgment comes from the instructor on which dish prepared tastes the best. These types of classes will encourage motivation and teamwork among the members and can be a great way for them to establish communication skills since these classes have a time limit.

Allow your team to get a hands-on experience that will benefit them by allowing them to eat their creations, increase their culinary skills, and leave with a sense of camaraderie with the rest of their colleagues. Let the experts in Orlando team building at Fun Planners help you plan a unique cooking experience you and your team won’t forget!

Why Team Building is Vital for Your Organization

A team can’t work at its full potential without cohesiveness, respect, and an overall understanding and closeness between each member. Fun Planners understands this and wants to help your team become stronger and closer for the benefit of your organization. Team building is a vital way to bring your employees together. The experts in Orlando team building at Fun Planners know that it isn’t just about keeping clients happy, but it’s also about creating a positive environment for employees, too. Here are some reasons why team building is an integral part of any organization:

  • Improves Communication

Open lines of communication are essential among employees in order to be successful. Team building can promote better communication practices for everyone and can improve the relationships between employees and management.

  • Encourages Motivation

Team building will allow your employees to gain confidence, and this will make them more motivated to take on challenges. The more confident your employees are to speak their voices and ideas, the more motivated they will become in the workplace.

  • Allows Creativity to Flow

Activities that require team building outside of the office can prove to be wonderful creative outlets. Different settings and exposure to new ideas can be beneficial to employees who are stuck in that typical, monotonous work routine. Creative thoughts and fresh perspectives are always assets to bring back into the office.

  • No More Walls

Team building will inevitably destroy any barriers put up between your employees and construct a sense of camaraderie between them. This can make the workplace an overall more friendly, positive environment and will increase trust among everyone. It will eliminate any disconnect between management and employees. Team building exercises will allow everyone (including management leadership) to be on the same level, and this can boost morale.

Overall, team building is an excellent way to better communication, motivate employees, inspire creativity, and bring everyone closer together. These things are a must in any successful organization. The better everyone performs as a team rather than divided, the better the organization will thrive. The enthusiasts at Orlando team building are ready to help you set up exciting and beneficial team building programs today!

Team Building Activities Your Team Will Love

Most can agree that there is value in Orlando team building, as it allows organizations to be more productive, effective, and successful. However, when employees hear that their participation in an upcoming team building event is required, there are sure to be more eye rolling than high fives and cheers. So, what is an organization to do? Here are some great ideas for team building that your employees will love.

  • Office Trivia: For this activity, you will need to come up with 20-25 questions to ask your employees, all pertaining to your company. Think of more general questions, such as “What year was the company founded?” to “What is the exact number of people in the Human Resources department?” But, add some strange and out-of-the box questions, such as “What is the most popular month for employee birthdays” or “What is the most ordered item, per month, for office supplies?” You can have this be an individual activity or create teams.
  • Escape Rooms: By now, we are sure you have heard of those escape rooms that are increasing in popularity across the country. If you have been living under a rock lately, these rooms are an adventure game that challenges those locked in the room to use provided hints to escape the room in a given amount of time. Have your employees form teams, and the one that gets out in the shortest amount of time, wins.
  • Marshmallow Tower: For this activity, you will need about 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, one roll of masking tape, three feet of twine, and one marshmallow. Have your employees form groups and whoever can construct the tallest tower wins. But here is the catch: the marshmallow has to be on the very top, AND the tower must stand on its own.

By using one of the above ideas for your Orlando team building exercise, you can help change the perception that these types of company-strengthening activities are anything but boring! For even more ideas on how to have a successful team building event, please browse the Fun Planner blog. And if you need help with your team building exercise, contact Fun Planners at 407-955-4949, or reach out to us online.

3 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Employee morale is defined as an overall feeling of satisfaction an employee feels about his or her job, and if an organization has high employee morale, it has a direct and positive effect on productivity. However, things happen that can affect employee morale, some in and out of your control. Whatever the reason, it is sometimes necessary for organizations to boost employee morale and Fun Planners, experts in Orlando team building, has some ways in which you can boost your organization’s employee morale.

  • Plan Fun Activities in the Office: Working 9-5, Monday through Friday, at the same desk, day in and day out can be monotonous. Why not tell everyone to grab their laptops and plan on working at a park on a beautiful day? Or, space permitting, have them come to your house to brainstorm on new clients and have pizza delivered for lunch? Shake up their boring work week every once in a while.
  • Celebrate Employee Personal Milestones: Your employees do have lives outside of the office, so why not help them celebrate those special moments? If someone is hitting the big 4-0, get a cake, and have everyone sing Happy Birthday. If someone just had a baby, then have everyone chip in, if they would like to, to help buy the new baby something. Be cognizant of things you can help your employee celebrate those special moments.
  • Listen to Them: As humans, we can always improve, and as a boss, you can improve as well. Let your employees know that you value their input and that the floor is always open. Who knows…they may even point out something to improve that positively affects your bottom line.

One of the most important aspects of a strong and thriving business is its employee strength. Without it, your organization is doomed to fail. So, be cognizant of your employee morale and to boost it when you see it faltering. For even more tips, please browse the Fun Planners’ blog, and for information on our Orlando team building opportunities, please call 407-880-3521, or contact us online.

Start Planning Your Summer Team Building Event Now

When the employees of your organization connect with their fellow colleagues, it not only creates a cohesiveness to the team but also helps to strengthen your company as a whole. With that being said, the summertime is the perfect time to have an Orlando team building exercise, and now is when you need to start planning. So, here we go!

Know Who Your Employees Are

Is your office comprised of mostly male or female employees? Do you know what they like to do outside of the office, and if so, is there a common thread? Would employees prefer a weekend-long retreat, or do you think they are the more “have fun on a Saturday” type of people? By asking yourself who your employees are and what they like to do, you can get a better idea of what type of Orlando team building exercise to host.

Now it is Time to Decide

It is important to keep in mind that you want to have something fun for them to do, not just have a team building activity just to have it. You need to create an event in which everyone is actively involved AND having fun, so here are some great idea that can do just that this summer:

  • Volunteer: If there is a particular charity your company supports, then why not have your team give them a hand? By everyone serving at a soup kitchen or some other needs-based organization, a sense of camaraderie is built, and giving back is good for the soul.
  • A Picnic or Barbecue: You need to think out of the box here, and not just have the usual hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Why not have your event catered so that your employees can relax and have fun and not slave over the food preparations? Offer some fun activities such as a water balloon toss, tug-a-war, or a water gun fight.
  • Water Play: We are lucky to live in Florida because of all the water we get to play on. Why not have your employees kayak or canoe together? Or just head to New Smyrna Beach for a picnic lunch and sand volleyball during the day, and a firepit with marshmallows when the sun goes down.

For help with your Orlando team building needs, please contact Fun Planners today. You can call 407-880-3521, or contact us online.

DIY Team Building Exercises for the Office

When you’re doing a new exercise in the office for team building, sometimes people find it boring and monotonous. You want to find a team building activity that you can conduct in your office environment that actually works and gets your team excited. Doing the same old going around the room and saying your name and interesting fact is overused and will have your team rolling their eyes and disengaged from the exercise. Since Fun Planners helps coordinate several team building activities, we’re kind of an authority on the subject. Here are some DIY Florida team building exercises to break the ice for your office.

Pin It.

Whenever someone walks into the office for the first time that day, they take a pin out of a basket that’s been placed by the door. Each pin has something interesting on it like an icebreaker or conversation starter, and when team members encounter each other organically, they have a conversation starter with each person’s pin.

Agree/Disagree.

If you have a large whiteboard in your office in a communal area, you can have a chosen team member write a statement on the whiteboard that other team members can either agree or disagree with. Make two columns, one for agree and one for disagree, where you can have people sign their initials to the side that they would like to take. This is a more passive team building activity, where team members can come and participate on their own time, as to not interrupt the efficiency.

Office Bingo.

Organize a potluck lunch for everyone, where each person can choose what they’d like to bring. Then, conduct a bingo game during the lunch to keep everyone in the same room, engaged, and having fun. It’s the perfect way to break up the work week. Make sure you have bingo cards. You can even put a unique spin on the game by making the game about identifying unknown facts about each team member to reward those who know their coworkers best.

Coffee Pot.

Coffee pot can be done at a meeting or during a lunch break. It’s a highly-engaging game that resembles 20 Questions. You have the group generate a noun for a single player to guess, and as they guess the 20 yes or no questions, they replace the noun with the term coffee pot like “is the coffee pot an animal?”

There are several DIY team building icebreakers that you can do with your team. If your team is interested in some more high-level team building activities, contact Fun Planners today for a quote to coordinate and set up a Florida team building event for your organization.

 

4 Cooperative Learning Techniques for Team Building

While results and work performance are two very important aspects of management and the leadership of a brand or corporation, how employees interact with each other toward a common goal is not typically a focus within an organization. It’s a shame, really, because team members working together toward an objective can help boost morale, productivity, and profit margins. A particular way of approaching this methodology at this time is through something called cooperative learning, which is an educational approach that provides a social structure for learning experiences. Fun Planners, Orlando team building experts, are going to explore four ways cooperative learning techniques can be used in team building activities.

Boosts Collaboration & Team Success

If you’re taking on a complex, multi-tier project, you will want to establish caring, supportive peer relationships that strengthen the bonds among team members as well as enhancing the commitment to a shared goal. Cooperative learning strives to keep each team member in the loop throughout the course of a project.

Creates Positive Interdependence

Within cooperating learning activities and team building activities, every single person must participate and show that they’re putting forth the effort. You’ll want to ensure that everyone has personal responsibility in the project at hand. The way you create this positive interdependence is by creating roles and ensuring that each member understands their role and their responsibilities.

Improves Social Skills

In order for a project to be successful in a professional environment, your group members must possess effective communication, and interpersonal and group skills. You can generate a cooperative learning experience and team building activity to enhance these particular skills through trust-building exercises and conflict-management resolution.

Establishes Group Processing

Decision making is often the crux of several issues within a group, as there is not a defined leader to make decisions, and the rest of the group members feel a lack of confidence when it comes to making decisions. Group processing helps your team make decisions as a team. Team members should feel a personal ownership over their particular responsibility in order to reduce bias.

All in all, Fun Planners has seen team building exercises that have successfully utilized cooperating learning activities to generate a stronger, smarter, and more efficient team. If you’re interested in Orlando team building activities through Fun Planners for your organization, contact us today for a quote.

Your Complete Guide to Proper Team Building

If you’re management or in human resources, and you’re looking to help build the trust, cooperation, and efficacy of your team, then you should consider having the team participate in team building exercises. If this is not a task that you’ve done in the past, then you have a few things to consider before you just throw the team into a trust fall. Fun Planners, a leader in Florida team building events, has the complete guide to team building for you to reference.

Define a Team
The first thing you need to do is define your team. You don’t want to just throw everyone in the office together and hope that everyone then works together well afterward. You’ll want to see which employees within the office work on organic teams, whether it be on projects, in the same setting, or toward a common goal. You can think of a team as reporting to one boss or a team as serving one customer, but either way you cut it, make sure that the people you group together for the team building event are going to benefit from the exercises involved.

What is Team Building?
Team building is a series of exercises that creates a process that enables a team to reach its goal. This should be of the utmost priority to the management team as an effective and efficient team that can help with the bottom line. The stages that need to be covered in team building are:

  • Clarify team goals.
  • Identify issues which inhibit the team from reaching those goals.
  • Address the issues, remove inhibitors and enable the goals to be achieved.

You will want your team to be laser-focused on the objective at hand because if the goal is side-tracked, you will find the entire team building exercise to be a failure.

Team Building Activities
Let’s look at some of the team building activities offered by Fun Planners:

  • Physical challenges like obstacle courses, rock climbing, gladiator jousting, relay races, human foosball, and more!
  • Silly Olympics with games like Got-To-Go Races, Big Foot Relay, Giant Tricycles, Oversized Puzzles, Riddles & Trivia, and more!
  • Games shows like general trivia, company philosophy, and training programs.

To get started with these Florida team building activities, contact the professionals at Fun Planners at 407-880-3521. We can help your team work together to reach the ultimate goal!