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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Team Building Important to Healthy Work Environment

I’m sure it’s evident that at Brown•Miller Communications we’re all pretty health conscious. And part of our healthy outlook includes maintaining a healthy work environment. In keeping with that philosophy, every year our office sets aside a work day for team building, a day we’ve dubbed the “BMC Play Day.” This annual event gives us all an opportunity to laugh and play together while we work on a project or share an adventure. In past years, the BMC team has kayaked on the Oakland Estuary, sailed the San Francisco Bay, gone horseback riding at Bodega Bay, milked a goat, participated in a cooking class at the now-defunct COPIA, raced one another around the track in a go kart and roamed the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District following directives from our Go Game coordinator. During the Go Game, we videotaped our group performing a creative dance routine, sat on rocks by the police station posing as the Thinker, created a living sculpture in shadow and tried to set the record for stuffing marshmallows in one’s mouth. This year we traipsed around Sonoma’s town square trying to solve a murder mystery.

Sound silly? Sure, some of our outings definitely have had their silly moments, but they’ve also been very rewarding in that they have given us all an opportunity to kick back and enjoy one another’s company, thereby allowing us to strengthen our relationships. After having had this day to laugh and play together, we return to the office reinvigorated and ready to get back to the work at hand.

If possible, I highly recommend that you take some time out from your busy work schedules to get to know your workmates better. It doesn’t have to be a full day away from the office. Get creative, and just have fun. It pays huge dividends in being able to maintain a healthy work environment.



Juli said...

It is so nice to have a company recognise that there employees deserve a 'play' in terms of building their cohesive team. And you mentioned a cooking class which is great to hear about. We're in Sydney, Australia and there is a highly regarded company called VictorsFood ( who does the same thing and it was fantastic for the team to be part of this, particularly great for morale. Wish there were more companies this smart.

Ali from Team Building Bonanza said...

You share some great ideas and thoughts about team building in this blog post. I hoped you wouldn't mind me re-posting it in the 'your story' section on my relatively new website. See the link here.
My aim is to inspire others about the benefits of team building and the types of activities which are possible. Thanks Alison.
P.S - If you do have any concerns with me sharing your story, please get in touch via the contact form on my site.