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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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For EOFY2023, we engaged a specialized organization Tailored Team Building to plan an Amazing Race-style urban parkour game that left us utterly enthralled! 💫

The Amazing Race injected pure excitement 💥 into our team-building activities as we navigated the city, unravelling puzzles and conquering thrilling physical challenges. At each checkpoint, we were met with delightful surprises, making the entire experience a joyful and camaraderie-filled adventure.

This exhilarating race fostered a strong sense of unity among team members. Through effective communication and seamless teamwork, we celebrated victories together and provided unwavering support, forging lasting connections 🤝 that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our work environment.

Moreover, the event not only stimulated us mentally but also encouraged us to embrace physical fitness. Engaging in exhilarating urban parkour elements, we wholeheartedly embraced an active lifestyle and felt an invigorating sense of rejuvenation.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the specialized organization Tailored Team Building for their exceptional planning and execution, which made this remarkable event possible. ”

Are you enjoying the shorts currently on Channel 10, advertising season 2 of Hunted Australia? So are we! We love the tension of the “fugitives” waiting to start their run. We love the background radio communication from Hunted HQ calling in the helicopters!

Well, if you love this, we have the event for you! Now at this stage let’s give the disclaimer!

Operation: Espionage is operated in Australia and New Zealand by Tailored Team Building and is from the TV Show “Hunted”, however it is not connected to or endorsed by Hunted, Endemol Shine Australia or Ten Network.

Now that’s out the way, I want to introduce you to Reece Dewar OAM and Jason Spivey. The actual stars of Hunted Australia.

Reece Dewar OAM: Hunted Australia 2022 and 2023’s Deputy of Operations, Reece Dewar OAM, is a decorated soldier who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to the Special Operations Community.

With over 20 years of experience in the Australian Defence Force and 12 years of service with Special Operations Command (Australia), it’s no wonder he is in the Hunted Australia task force!

Jason Spivey: Jason Spivey is an accomplished covert surveillance specialist who served for 10 years as a member of the Victorian and Queensland Police Forces, including three years as a tactical operations sniper, Entry Team Member and Water Operations Specialist within the Queensland Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT).

Welcome to OPERATION: Espionage. Hosted by Reece and Jason and aimed at corporate groups of 30 upwards in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra, but can be hosted Australia and New Zealand wide with many more participants.

The concept is slightly different than the TV show – obviously it is impossible to drop 30 corporates into a city and chase them over 21 days! But we have got an equally heart pumping event lasting around 4 hours.

Your team will spend a couple of hours learning about covert surveillance techniques and technology, they will then be given a target to locate and track across the city, while avoiding being hunted themselves.

OPERATION: Espionage really is a heart pumping, eye opening, one-of-a-kind event, hosted by the best in the business.

Don’t miss out as there are limited available dates and this event will not be around forever. Don’t just enjoy the TV show, be part of the adrenaline rush yourself.

We totally understand that when people hear that they are being ‘forced’ to participate in the company’s next team building day their eyes roll to the back of their head, or they suddenly feel a cough coming on. We get it! We’ve been there. The directors here at Tailored Team Building both come from corporate backgrounds & regularly had to take part in team bonding events – which were to be honest, quite boring! 

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So when COVID-19 hit, like a lot of people out there, Jonathan & Kerri both reassessed their lives & wanted to change things up a bit. They saw a real need for fun, dynamic & unique team building events to bring teams back together for when the pandemic was over – and boy were they right! This is when Tailored Team Building was born. 

So I bet you’re asking – how is Tailored Team Building different to all the other team building companies out there???

Well, let us explain……at Tailored Team Building we understand that every team is different, therefore every team event should be tailored. One of our main points of difference is that we take the time to get to know you & your team. At the end of the day, a team building event is about YOUR TEAM not us. Once you have booked an event with us we set up a zoom call with the organiser to go through some aspects of your team which then means we can completely tailor make the event to include the games & challenges that your team is going to get the most out of. We do not believe in off-the shelf style events, there is no such thing as one size fits all in our minds. For example, no two amazing race events are the same, we have had teams come back time & time again to do amazing races & each time have said its different. Whether it be different challenges, different checkpoints, different locations or different puzzles. We will continue changing things up for you. 

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We also understand that when you are looking at booking an event which is based on a reality TV show (for example, the Amazing Race, Survivor etc) you expect a similar experience with your event. Obviously, we are unable to send your team to the airport with a boarding pass in hand…unless of your budget allows of course! However, we pride ourselves on using the same language & props similar to the tv shows as you would come to expect. Therefore your team will get a similar experience.

Our other main difference is our people! We pride ourselves on hiring the best hosts for your event. We mainly hire local actors who love getting into characters & hosting our team building events with the energy level we want. We have worked every hard to create a fun working environment for our hosts & it shows through their energy & genuine enjoyment & passion when they are hosting your next team building event. 

So….if you are looking for a team bonding event that truly is tailored to your team, contact the team at Tailored Team Building & we will be your partners in creating a really memorable team building event for you.