THE photographs in this week’s Team-Building Thursday post show hard-working personnel from nine companies and organisations in England, Wales, the US, Canada, and Hungary improving their individual and collective skillsets on out-of-office team-building exercises.
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1. Google – CA, USA
Check out these 7-person tricycles that @google has on campus. #teambuildinghttps://t.co/1A7T5dDs0s
— Tech Insider (@techinsider) June 21, 2016
THE Conference Bike used by Google employees to travel around the tech giant’s California campus shows how seriously Google takes team-building. Invented by artist Eric Staller, the Conference Bike (or CoBi-7) is piloted by seven riders sitting in a circle, with one person steering and the other six pedalling (or not!). This video from Tech Insider shows how the bike—which costs $12,750 (or $900 for the five-person model)—encourages team-building and social interaction as well as promoting physical exercise.
2. Pegasystems – Cambridge, MA, USA
THE US-based provider of strategic applications for sales, marketing, service and operations, Pegasystems on an ongoing mission to transform the way that business is done in leading enterprises around the world. But it’s important to ensure that the fundamentals are right, and here, ‘The Hawks’, a Pega staff team celebrate their success in a recent team-building scavenger hunt.
3. Welsh ICE – Caerphilly, Wales
WELSH ICE is the first Innovation Centre for Enterprise in Wales, offering meeting rooms, reception services and space for new startups, to bring a positive economic impact for Caerphilly and the Valleys. There was high drama in mid-June, when events company Crime Solvers Ltd descended on the campus for some CSI-styled team-building fun.
4. Budapest, Hungary
MEMBERS of the Hungarian National Waterpolo team, pictured in Austria recently during a break from an energetic team-building exercise in the great outdoors, was forms just part of the team’s preparations for the 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships, to be hosted in Budapest, Hungary, in July 2017.
5. The Winnipeg Boldness Project, Winnipeg, Canada
THE Winnipeg Boldness Project is an early intervention childhood development project in the Point Douglas area which runs programmes aimed at improving young children’s outcomes by drawing upon—enriching and strengthening—the community wisdom for which the neighbourhood is famous. Project Director Diane Roussin and members of her team recently enjoyed some team-building fun at Bad Axe Throwing.
6. Smart Orthodontic Group – Tacoma/Gig Harbour, WA, USA
TACOMA orthodontists Dr Chad Smart, Dr Timothy Quinn and Dr Vincent Kokich Jr are well aware of the importance of teamwork in the multi-disciplinary field that modern dentistry has become. Most recently, they rewarded their staff at the Smart Orthodontic Group with a morale-boosting night out at the movies.
7. Specsavers -Basingstoke, England, UK
A VOLUNTEER team from Specsavers, Basingstoke, recently had an enjoyable team-building exercise when they helped out at the farm of Miller’s Ark Animals (and their Animal Touch charity). Miller’s Ark brings the sights, sounds and experience of the farmyard to organisations, with their mobile farm, and also organises visits to the farm at the Earl of Malmesbury’s estate at Hook in Hampshire for individuals and groups with special needs, as well as bringing animals to private home or specialist centres. These visits are heavily subsidised and rely on donations, and voluntary help, to organise.
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