Team Building Archives

Well…here we are again. We have managed to stumble, drink & eat our own weight in food over the silly season only to find ourselves at the beginning of another year. By now a lot of people are truly ready to ship the kids back to school (I know mine already has his school bag packed & ready to go). What time does the school bell go again?

In the business world, we often find that February is a great time to have conferences, meetings & workshops with our team. This is a great way to get everyone together, reset for the year ahead, set marketing budgets & do some good planning. A number of people also take the new year as an opportunity for a career change, job change or simply a team swap. So bringing everyone together could be a good opportunity to get to know your team (new or not) a little better. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what Susan’s grandmother got her for Christmas? 

Leaders Workshop

To be honest, it certainly works for us here at Tailored Team Building….we recently took all our leaders from across the country & bought everyone together at Glenworth Valley for some Team Bonding ourselves. We enjoyed a leadership workshop to share fresh ideas & let the team know some new & exciting things we have on the horizon. But what would a little workshop be without a little team building activity??? Well, we certainly pride ourselves on being good at planning unique team building events so we put ourselves to the test & designed one for our own team. We started off with a little workshop, then had a truck pick us up & take us abseiling….there really is no better way to get to know your team then to throw them off a cliff (literally). Then we came back with a few new rope burns & carried on with our workshop session over a beautiful BBQ lunch. Then to our teams surprise, the bus turned up again to collect us for another fun afternoon session…this time it was off to laser skirmish! It wasn’t long until the camouflage hats were put on & the mud smeared across some cheeks, then off we went. Spilt into two teams to fight to the bitter end through the bushland. Now, this is a great activity for any team who is looking at working on their communication & teamwork. There’s nothing like rolling in the mud or throwing yourself (or a teammate) behind a large rock or tree to get out of enemy fire. What a way to bring the team together. 

We honestly had so much fun on our team workshop & a owe a massive shout out to the team at  Glenworth Valley for helping us bring everything together. 

So the moral of my (very long) story, is that this is the perfect time of year to bring your team together to really set the right tone for the rest of the year. But with any good conference should also come a great team building session! They really do go hand in hand, trust us! Whether you are looking at a simple get together with your team to go over some figures / marketing budgets or you are wanting to get your entire enterprise together for a 4 day conference – it is really important to get people outside! Break the monogamy of powerpoint a tad & get your team doing something different. Find yourself an expert in team building (AKA Tailored Team Building of course) and start putting some ideas for your next team get-together to be a fun, unique & memorable one. 

New Team in 2024

Welcome back corporate warriors! It’s that time of year again when resolutions are made, gym memberships renewed, and new teams are formed to conquer the challenges of the business world. If you find yourself part of a shiny new team in the new year, fear not – we are here to save the day! If someone says ‘trust falls’ I may just start a riot. New Year, new team – time for team building!

Starting with a new team often means working with unfamiliar faces. What better way to for new peeps to get to know each other than being put into a group in an informal and relaxed environment where they can collaborate and have a huge amount of fun together!

Nothing says ‘new team’ like a barrage of ice breakers that make you question all your life choices. There’s always a Barry who is an over-sharer, who will tell you about his 3 ex-wives. And then there’s a Debbie who is an introvert and would rather die than share anything about her life with a new team of people. Instead of forcing your team to divulge bizarre facts about themselves, perhaps get them together for a Game Show. They can compete against one another (you’ll find out who is the most competitive VERY quickly), you can see how everyone works together and everyone learns everyone else’s names (and level of competitiveness) without needing to learn about Barry’s ex-wives.

Conflict is inevitable in any group, especially a new one! Our Team Building activities provide a platform for learning how to address some of these in a constructive way. Wouldn’t you rather your team members argue and learn how to resolve their conflicts while choosing which selfie is best in an Amazing Race, than in the office environment? Learning to navigate some of these differences early on can contribute to a healthier team dynamic.

A well-bonded team is always going to be a more productive team. Research has shown that pub lunches do absolutely nothing to bond your department together. We would suggest an Amazing Race, or a Corporate Olympics where everyone has fun, gets to know each other, and must work together to be crowned the winner. Cos who doesn’t love a bit of competition between friends?!

Establishing a positive culture is crucial for productivity and employee satisfaction. Team building activities foster a sense of camaraderie, encourages a supportive and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels valued and connected to the team’s goals. New Year, New Team – Time for Team Building Activites!

At Tailored Team Building we LOOOOVVVEEEE coming up with different & unique events & challenges. To be honest, thats exactly why we called ourselves ‘Tailored Team Building’ in the first place. So we get quite excited when clients ring us wanting to include something a little different in their Amazing Races in particular. 

To date, we have designed, planned & hosted a number of our Amazing Races using public transport which adds a really cool element into your race. The feedback we have received from the clients who have elected to include public transport has been that is is very much like the TV show, which is exactly what we want to hear. We have planned races using ferries, trains, buses, Ubers, trams & also the light rail. We even designed a race for Uber themselves using a few of theirs services which was really fun. 

We have also designed a race where the teams started in Brisbane & finished on the Gold Coast, which incorporated a few different types of public transport, including the train between the two cities, with a pit stop for lunch along the way. 

We simply love taking advantage of the stunning harbour we have here in Sydney by getting our teams on the ferries to soak up the spectacular views. However, we also love using the free city tram system in Melbourne, which helps us to get the teams exploring further in Melbourne while not needing a Myki card, which is great. 

The added element of using public transport can really bring the team together & help with communication as the team will need to decide together which form of public transport they use in their race, as we may give them a few options to pick from between certain checkpoints, depending on whats available. To use Sydney as an example, we once asked the teams to make their way from Kirribilli over to the Rocks using public transport. As most of you already know, there are a few different options from Kirribilli. So we saw teams use the ferry to get across the harbour, a few teams jumped on a train to get across & one team even chose to walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge (not really public transport but thats one way to do it). It was a really fun Amazing Race & the teams really enjoyed the added challenge of figuring it the public transport during the race.

So, if you are thinking of incorporating some public transport into your amazing race we can certainly help you with this. Simply tell us where you would like to start & finish your race & we will figure out the rest. 

Imagine a workplace without communication – it would be like a team of synchronised swimmers wearing blindfolds! Sure, it might be entertaining for a while, but it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

Communication is the glue that holds an office together, much like coffee is the glue that holds together early morning meetings. Without it, you’d have colleagues wandering around like lost puppies, trying to decipher each other’s hand gestures like they’re playing an intense game of workplace charades.

It’s crucial because otherwise, important information would be passed around like a game of telephone played by a group of cats, “Boss needs the report ASAP” could very easily turn into “Bring tacos to the rooftop, stat!” And suddenly, the company picnic turns into a fiesta, but the quarterly report is nowhere to be found.

 

On a more serious note, effective communication in the workplace is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures everyone is on the same page regarding goals, projects and expectations. Imagine a team trying to build a puzzle without communicating which pieces they have or need – it would be chaos.

Clear communication also helps in avoiding misunderstandings and conflicts. Without it, you might find yourself in a situation where one person thinks they’re building a spaceship and the other believes they’re building a submarine. Trust me, those two visions do not mix well in a project.

 

Communication fosters a positive work environment. It promotes transparency, which is crucial for building trust among team members. If information is shared openly, it’s like having the office blinds wide open instead of shut tight – everyone can see what’s going on and there are no mysterious shadows lurking around.

 

Ultimately, communication is the secret sauce that keeps the workplace salad from turning into a comedy of errors. So, let’s all speak up, share ideas and save the office from becoming a sitcom with too many plot twists!

Have you been tasked with planning this years staff Christmas party & generally don’t know where to even begin? Well, hopefully these handy hints will help steer you in the right direction. 

We completely understand that planning the work functions can be a daunting task. There’s certain expectations that need to be met…the pressure is really on! 

So many questions….do you just book your local pub for dinner & some drinks? Do you do the typical lawn bowls or ten pin bowling? There are honestly so many different options out there it’s hard to know where to even start sometimes. Plus you will, no doubt, have so many opinions within your office trying to sway your decision to suit their wants & needs. So here are some handy hints to help with the planning of your next memorable Christmas Party!!

  1. Go external – why put all the pressure on yourself? Organise an external company to help you plan your Christmas Party. There are heaps of different Team Building or Party Planning companies out there that can help guide you through the stressful time. They can help you source an activity or simply book a different pub for you to have dinner & drinks. They are there to take the pressure off so you can also enjoy the party.
  2. Get in early – so many times we receive panicked phone calls from people who have been lumped with organising the Christmas party in December!! Well, I hate to say it but in most cases this is simply too late. So my advice would be to get in early! In most capital cities, venues, activities & pubs book out on popular dates (all Fridays & Saturdays in December basically) months in advance. So if you have your heart set on a popular date throughout December then I suggest booking in August! Ha! 
  3. Do something different – we hear time & time again that each year people generally just organise to go to the pub for drinks, and as much fun as this is, its more of a Friday afternoon activity then an exciting Christmas party idea. So why not try something different? Something out of the box a bit. We find that if you do something different it will leave your work colleagues talking about it for ages afterwards & also singing your praises – so win / win really isn’t it? 
  4. Add a theme – why not get crazy & add a theme? It helps bring people together & gets them talking about different costume ideas. You can be as simple or as complex with the theme as you like, for example you could simply have a Christmas dress theme, or sparkle. What about colours? Or you can go to the other extreme & go a bit more specific with certain letters or movie heroes (for example).
  5. Mix up the team – The staff Christmas Party is a great opportunity to network & meet other colleagues within other departments that you don’t usually work with usually hang out with at the office. So if you do go down the activity route with you Christmas party we would recommend mixing it up a tad. Partner the CEO with the janitor. This will help bring the whole office together afterwards. 

So…..if you have been tasked with this years staff Christmas party there is no need to hit the panic stations just yet. There is hope out there. The morale of the story is – have a plan and get in early! 

Here are some of our favourite Christmas event ideas: The Amazing Race, Live Murder Mystery, Survivor, Operation Espionage.

Most importantly enjoy yourselves. 

Over the next few months, we are going to write some articles that take a look at us, our team and a bit of a “behind the scenes” theme.

Its fair to say that the last couple of years have been a faster ride than we thought it was going to be! In less than two years, we have built Tailored Team Building and Corporate Amazing Race from a smaller, strictly East Coast of Australia operation into something much bigger! We are now a truly Australia-wide team building company with the ability to service multiple events, across all states, at the same time, for very small and very large teams (in the coming months we are hosting 6 events with well over 300 people at each one – the largest being potentially 1000 people in Adelaide!). Plus Tailored Team Building New Zealand is now up and running in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and the rest of the country.

With the hectic ride in full swing, we have managed to find time to build and train new team members across both countries and all states and even do some Team Building for them! However, what do we (Kerri and myself) do to keep motivated and continue to work well together (or at least not attempt to kill each other every now and then)? Good question!

First of all we are best friends and have been friends for a long time. Neither of us have any issue in being honest (brutally sometimes) with each other without any fear of the other taking offense. Secondly we are both hugely passionate about what we do and what we are building together and have the same vision and ambition.

We do need to blow off some steam sometimes however, and need to do something outside of our business that tests our ability to work together – very much like we design for our clients.

Our answer, among a few other things, is escape rooms!  Yes that’s right, we take a break from designing puzzles and challenges for others, to solve puzzles and challenges together! We get to have fun, switch the brain into a different mode for a while and work together outside of our normal environment. We have been complimented so many times by escape room games masters on the way we communicate with each other.

So, with that in mind, here is a list of our favourite and most memorable escape rooms we have conquered! Note that these are in no particular order and are purely my personal memorable rooms.

  • Extraction @ The Curium Experience (Melbourne) – www.curium.com.au – The most immersive room we have played. Great story line and massive set including slides, crawling through air ducts and more. Fantastic effects too.
  • La Rebellion @ The Cipher Room (St Peters, Sydney) – www.cipherroom.com.au – The Cipher Room is one my favourite companies for Escape Rooms. Two locations and awesome rooms.
  • Into The Dark @ Codebreakers (Christchurch NZ) – www.codebreakers.nz – A unique experience! The room is completely pitch black meaning communication becomes critical. Great puzzles with a twist.
  • Buried @ Padlocked Escape Rooms (Surfer’s Paradise) – www.padlockd.com.au – Not for the claustrophobic! You and your partner are locked in two different coffins! A big test of communication between players.
  • The Mystery of the Missing Crown Jewels @ Xcape (Wellington NZ) – www.xcape.nz/lowerhutt – Great puzzles, great theming and sets and some twists that we haven’t seen before.

Did you know that we have designed our own online escape room game (award winning I might add) and a lot of our puzzles and activities take inspiration from the escape rooms we have done ourselves. Also we can include escape rooms in a wider activity for you and your team.

Get in touch and let’s have a chat!

 

“Where’s the start point for your Rocks course?”, “Where do you always finish your races?” Or “We aren’t located in the CBD – can we still host an amazing race?” 

These are questions we hear all the time when talking to potential clients about their upcoming team building days. The simple answer to all these questions is: “YES!”. 

At Tailored Team Building – we don’t believe in off-the-shelf team bonding events. Yes, every single one of our events is really completely tailored.

Whenever people talk about ‘team building’ we can almost hear the collective eye rolls from the team! However, we are here to change that. It’s our mission at Tailored Team Building to bring the FUN back into Team Building….and here is how we do that….

Our main point of difference from other team bonding companies is that we organise a zoom call with our clients to get to know their team a bit better. We meet with the organiser to ask questions about their team, which then allows us to design & plan the perfect team building event for them. We strongly believe that our clients should get the most out of their team bonding activities, not just what we offer as a ‘standard package’. We love coming up with new ideas, events & challenges & this comes from working closely with clients to design activities within certain themes that they may have or different values / messages that they want to portray through their events. To give you an example, we recently hosted an amazing race around Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef where the client had 12 new company values that they were launching during their team retreat. So we designed 12 different tokens outlining the new company values that the teams had to collect at each checkpoint & then solve a puzzle at the end of the race in order to take home bragging rights of being the winners of their amazing race! This was a great way for the teams to learn more about the new company values whilst having a lot of fun. We can also adjust any of the current challenges to suit any theme. 

During the planning process of all of our team bonding events, we touch base with our clients a number of times to ensure that we have every small detail organised. We don’t like leaving things to chance on the day (I blame my OCD). We are also happy to work with our clients to plan their lunch / drinks after their event & can easily recommend a number of venues in any major cities across Australia & New Zealand (we know, we’ve tested them all out 🙂 ) We can even book a venue for your finish venue & keep it a secret from you & the team to create the final clue of the amazing race so that the teams need to figure out where they have to go. 

To summarise, We truly believe in delivering unique, fun team building events for all our clients.  We are very creative people & really enjoy taking your ideas & turning them into reality. The biggest compliment we hear time & time again is “Oh wow – that was so much fun” or “I had really low expectations for team building but that was amazing”. 

So why would you choose an off the shelf event for your next team day? Contact us to start the process of planning your perfect team bonding activity.

Well we were quite busy throughout August & had the honour of hosting 38 events in 10 different cities across Australia & New Zealand. We helped bond over 1,769 people in August alone.

We hosted events like the Amazing Race, Survivor, Brick Masters & our popular Spy Race.

We are also very proud to announce that we hosted our very first event in New Zealand. We had the privilege of hosting a Spy Race in Christchurch! Watch this space for more fun events coming to New Zealand.

Here is our highlight reel from some of our recent events.

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Even though we live in Australia & are quite lucky with the weather, most of the time….unless you live in Melbourne (sorry I had to go there). However, mother nature is unfortunately totally out of our control & so when she decides to open up the heavens the team at Tailored Team Building needs to have a back up plan….and don’t worry we do!

So what would happen if you had an outdoor team bonding event planned & booked??? Never fear, we have plans! In most cases we would still proceed with your normal outdoor event, however if the weather is more than a light sprinkle then we have a couple of options;

  1. We can postpone your outdoor event & find another suitable date (without penalty)
  2. We can source a suitable indoor event & host one of our popular indoor team building events instead

So what kind of indoor events do you offer & are they still the same level of fun…I hear you ask!?!? Well let me explain…

We have worked really hard on updating some of our popular indoor events recently & believe we have found the winning formula to keep your team engaged, interested and most importantly still having fun!

GAME SHOW

Game Show is one of our most popular indoor events & includes a number of quick, fast paced games that you remember from your favourite cheesy tv game show. Some of our games include Family Feud, minute to win it games, Project Runway & many many more.

We can host the Game Show in any style of indoor venue including your office / conference room or the local pub.

 

 

BRICK MASTERS

Team Bonding in Sydney

Do you consider yourself the next Brick Master? Our brick master event will help bring your inner-child out by building with ourbricks. We play a few short / fast paced rounds to get your team in the building mood, then we get the teams to work together to build a masterpiece! And Masterpiece is an understatement when it comes to some of the works of art we have seen over the years.

QUIZ MASTERS

If you are looking for a simple, straight forward way to get your team together then our Quiz Masters is the best event for you. We can host your next trivia day or night & have a number of different categories of trivia that we include, or we can customise the rounds around your team.

 

So…in summary, don’t let the rain get you down. We have plenty of options to still get your team together for some really fun team building sessions.

Team building Sydney

We’ve all worked in those companies / businesses that make you do team building & in most cases you wish the carpet would swallow you up! We’ve been there too. However, trust us when we say there is a reason for team building events & activities, and we are finding it even more important post pandemic.

Team building activities help a company improve its culture. When employees communicate and collaborate, it improves their performance, helps resolve conflicts, and enhances respect for each other. As an organisation recognises more talents, it motivates others to do better in their areas of work. Team Bonding in Brisbane

We have also been finding that team building benefits employees health, both mental & physical. As team building often involves events outdoors, away from the office with activities & challenges that help encourage teamwork.

Like the saying ‘happy wife, happy life’, we also find this rings true within the workplace. When a company has a happy team, these results flow through to their performance & therefore the customers & clients also have positive experiences with the company. It’s a win / win really. Building relationships & improving the overall culture throughout the office also reduces staff turnover as it goes a long way to help motivate the staff & makes them want to stay longer.

Through team building activities, employees learn new skills, which they incorporate into their existing skill set. It enhances the performance of a team, makes them more efficient and eventually complete tasks on time.

Team Building also helps improve communication throughout any workplace. It helps bring different colleagues, from different departments together which then flows through into the office & helps improve the overall performance & communication between departments within a large organisation.

So, If you work in a company that has great team culture & rewards their team with really fun team building activities then think yourself really lucky! Team building can be fun after all.

Check out our team building events so see what best suits your team!