Team Bonding – Fostering Great Collaboration.

Great teamwork is critical for the success of any company. Employees need to be able to work as one unit; as a unified team. Cooperation and unselfishness creates the backbone of a well-oiled team. Just like any sports team, you can have a group of superstars but if they don’t work well together, they are unlikely to succeed in whatever their goal is. When a team is able to work together as one they are able to effectively get more higher quality work out of their effort and the group members are able to contribute their own strengths and perspectives to the task.

Participating in corporate team building events/activities can help your team understand one another and allows them to work together more efficiently. Trying something new can generate good vibes among employees. Choosing something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage them to come together in new ways. By allowing individuals to contribute to a common goal outside of the office, you can help groups break down political barriers, eliminate distractions and have fun. After a successful team event or two you should start to notice a development in certain areas:

Trust: Mutual trust fostered by team building activities can allow your employees/ co -workers to depend on each other more often, which will increase productivity.

Friendship: Bonding events help team members get to know each other on a deeper level. This can contribute to great friendships and a happier workplace.

Communication: Through the events, members can learn how to communicate with each other more effectively.
Looking for a good place to host your next team building event? We recommend trying an escape room. For our last event we went to our local escape room called “Escape From the 6” and we had a blast. An escape room is a real life room where you and your group are immersed in an interactive game world. Your team has to find hidden objects, make creative leaps, crack codes, solve puzzles and discover secrets that stand between you and your final goal: “escape the room”. Your team is your greatest asset and your biggest challenge. Only by working together, communicating and using your time wisely will you succeed. It’s perfect for developing outstanding teamwork and it’s relatively inexpensive.

Candidate Speed Dating: Job Fairs & Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right.

A job fair, commonly referred to as a University Fair, is a big event usually hosted by universities, where employers and young job seekers meet and have an interaction similar to speed-dating. Both parties try to make a lasting impression in the short period of time they have together all in the hopes of landing a position.

Benefits:

Finding qualified candidates has become more time-consuming than ever before, requiring employers to post ads and use a variety of services like Linkedin, Indeed and Monster etc. to make potential candidates aware of the open position. A potential solution is a job fair, which allows employers to go directly to the candidates instead of waiting for them to find their ads. By granting access to a stop-n-shop environment, job fairs create a lucrative means of attracting many qualified employees without having to advertise online.

Job fairs allow you to have a conversation as opposed to interacting with a resume. The issue with digital communication is it tends to be impersonal. When you meet face-to-face there are many potential advantages such as: non-verbal clues that can show someone’s confidence and how much they care, you can communicate ideas with each other more effectively and personal touches can be added to make candidates stand out.

Connection:

At job fairs you’re able to connect with students who are going to graduate and enter the workforce. It allows you to get your foot in the door with young workers before they can enter the larger job market. They are green, but most will offer a fresh perspective especially when it comes to modern/social trends.

At this point you might be wondering how you’re going to foster a relationship with these students? In many ways job fairs are similar to trade shows. One of the most important principles for success is creating a lasting image that will stand out. Not too long ago we wrote a blog called “10 Tips for Trade Show Success”. It provides tips for creating a great image for tradeshows, but these tips are also relevant for job fairs. A recent study of career fairs and the behaviors that job seekers preferred most out of employer representatives showed that high marks are given to employer reps who demonstrate a genuine interest in job seekers.

The most noteworthy ways to show interest included:

  • Engaging students in the aisle
  • Looking over resumes before putting them aside
  • Reps who hand out promotional products and business cards and encourage students to contact them with any questions.

PRG is committed to helping you in any way we can. Here are some examples of promotional products that will help you connect with university students at your next job fair