It's easy to get lost in the robotic routine of the workplace. Sure, you exchange friendly hello's with colleagues and might even grab lunch if you're feeling social, but when was the last time you sat down and really got to know that person working next to you?
Studies show that bonding in the workplace is so important! Corporate bonding increases productivity, builds trust, and allows for much better communication. Now we know this is not breaking news.
Everyone knows a friendly office is key, but how do you create these relations? Where do you get the team together to do this so-called "bonding"? Instead of opting for a conference or workshop, a Corporate Event is a must!
Team Building workshops and conferences will sell you the same pitch every time. After having played a couple of ice-breakers, which only left you with a sticky forehead from the Post-It that had "Elephant" written on it, you might then delve into "Communication Techniques". While you may learn some great "I-Messages" or how to be "More Direct", doesn't it always seem like the best communication occurs after the awkward exercises? I've found the best mingling and bonding really happens during the few minutes of unstructured break time or mulling around the refreshment table.
This is because communication is natural! Surprisingly, all we really need is a place to discuss and a steady flow of endorphins (from music, food, etc.) and the stage is set for bonding, mingling, and networking. The perfect way to unite teams and tear down cubicle walls is to get colleagues together in a comfortable and fun environment...then let nature do the rest!
Corporate Events get colleagues out of the office and out of typical convention centers. Seeing colleagues away from their usual desk is important! Yes, that man in the cubicle next to you does have a lower-body... and no, he does not have an umbilical chord attached to his chair.
Plus, Corporate Events don't just build good relations within the office. They get employees excited about work. Events show gratitude and appreciation for employee's efforts, which ultimately yields stronger loyalty to the company.
As Janine Popick (CEO and Founder of VerticleResponse) says, "Word travels...members get really vocal and social about the events by posting pictures on Instagram....or posting statuses on Facebook. That's some pretty powerful word-of-mouth advertising when it comes to recruiting."
So get up and get out of that office! Having a party might prove the best thing for you and your colleagues... plus you'll never have to deal with overly enthusiastic conference leaders or foldable-chairs in circles ever again!
Are you ready to start planning your next Corporate Event....we can help?