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15 Feb 19
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A lot of people say team building is a waste of time and money. In some cases, they’re right. Employees who are whisked away for a weekend getaway may not be learning how to work better as a team. And of course, there’s always the risk of awkward small talk and maybe a little embarrassment. Karaoke with a coworker isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But organizations can benefit from an occasional step away from the desk. When developed with specific goals in mind, offsites and team-building activities can have a very real impact on team performance, improving communication, collaboration, creativity, and camaraderie. If your team argues more than they collaborate You’ve probably had to deal with conflict in the workplace a few times in your career. Typically, this involves hearing both sides of the argument, identifying a logical solution, and communicating the next steps clearly and politely. But that’s a reactive process. Team-building activities can help prevent conflicts before they start by giving employees the chance to collaborate (and learn from each other) in low-stakes situations. Andre Lavoie, the CEO of HR software provider ClearCompany, says playing board games, like Clue or Risk, leads to instant collaboration. It forces individuals to think through things as a team and helps them better understand each other’s motivations and priorities to achieve a common goal. This type of team-building activity can even lead to friendships between employees, which ultimately boosts performance. “Friendships provide us with the emotional and psychological strength to deal with whatever comes our way—whether an exciting opportunity, a challenge, or a crisis,” says Annie McKee, an adviser for Fortune 500 companies. Try pairing employees with people who have different working styles, or form cross-functional teams that include people from other departments. If your team lacks creativity and motivation Is your team dragging their feet? It might be because they have to do a lot of menial tasks or are missing the tools they need to succeed. Or it could be the structure of the team itself. Leadership coach Janine Schindler says that overly controlling managers can stifle performance. “Teamwork is much more productive than having a few high-level managers dictating direction,” she writes in Forbes. Activities that give employees the chance to flex their creative muscles without constraints (hierarchical or otherwise) could be exactly what you need to reignite their passion and productivity. Psychiatrist Srini Pillay, the author of Tinker Dabble Doodle Try, is a firm believer that specific kinds of “unplanned focus” can actually make people more productive. “Like the difference between a light bulb blowing a fuse and dimming the lights to save energy, there’s a huge difference between running out of steam and putting your brain on one of its dimmer modes,” he writes. In one instance, the light bulb is completely burned out. But in the other, you can make a conscious decision to turn the switch back on. With this in mind, it’s not hard to see how small in-office team-building activities, like art projects or meditation, can work. They allow teams to rest and momentarily disengage from their daily tasks and then get back to work more focused than before. Alternatively, have teams develop a Google X–inspired moonshot strategy—the research facility’s seemingly impossible “radical solutions” take creative thinking to an entirely new level. Ask your team to come up with a plan that goes beyond the constraints of time, money, and tools. This gives employees an opportunity for freedom of thought and prevents naysayers or higher-ups from shooting down ideas. If your team is hesitant to share ideas and opinions Employees aren’t likely to communicate or contribute if they don’t feel safe at work, which requires trust. But according to a study by global consulting firm Ernst & Young, less than half of all workers have “a great deal of trust” in their employers, and one in six has “very little” or “no trust” in them at all. So at your next team-building event, forget those trust falls and instead give employees the chance to ask you and each other questions. According to Harvard Business School professors Alison Wood Brooks and Leslie K. John, friendly conversations can increase knowledge sharing and innovation, minimize errors, and build trust—especially when you go beyond the surface level. “Asking tough questions first, even if it feels socially awkward to do so, can make your conversational partner more willing to open up,” they write. Divide your team into groups of two and then give each pair five minutes to ask each other questions about their career goals, professional fears, and how they’d like to influence the company moving forward. You can even ask employees to share what they learned about each other (and themselves) with the larger group when time’s up. This alone isn’t enough to build trust, of course. But it does open the floor to communication and create a sense of transparency, two things that are “very important” to employees, according to Ernst & Young’s research. We bonded. Now what? As with any leadership decision, managers should be transparent about the goals of team-building activities and ask employees for their feedback. A simple survey that asks questions like “Did you enjoy the activity?” and “Did this activity help you better understand your teammates or the company’s business goals?” will help you better assess the outcomes of a team-bonding event and hold you accountable for sharing results with employees. It takes teamwork to make teams work. So keep experimenting with team-building activities, and if one kind of event doesn’t work, try again until you find one that’s just right. [#]  [ad id=”4292″ /]
15 Feb 19
For The Love Of Scribbling!

Surcharged emotions are best penned down. They get their best expressions through words which describe them aptly. Human mind is the slave of habit. Our instincts drive our actions. There are very few moments when we find our mind free from the possession of such instinctive thoughts. Our mind can wander about anything, anywhere at […]

15 Feb 19
Bailey Sherwood

This is my Google doodle. People from around the world doing awesome things make up the letters. The G is a ballerina. The os are a firefighter and a politician standing side-by-side. The second she is a breast cancer doctor. The L is a woman’s rights activists and writer. The E is a Red Cross […]

15 Feb 19
Kyle Reese Bradley

Here is my final animated Gif for the Google Doodle. In This version I have added a lot more frames so that pieces of the animation are more noticeable such as the smoke, wheels and splashes and so that the overall animation is smoother and more fluent rather than noticeable stopping in between frames like […]

15 Feb 19
Professional Industry Market Research

This recently published report examines the global Scheduling Tools for Coworking Spaces market for the projected period of 7-years, i.e. between 2018 and 2025. The report highlights the accomplishments and opportunities lies in the market throughout the forecasted period. The report offers the thorough information about the overview and the scope of the global Scheduling Tools […]

15 Feb 19
India's No.1 Brand for Designer Mobile Covers and Cases at Lowest Price on chachhi
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15 Feb 19
India's No.1 Brand for Designer Mobile Covers and Cases at Lowest Price on chachhi
  • Slim & light Polycarbonate hard case.
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15 Feb 19
India's No.1 Brand for Designer Mobile Covers and Cases at Lowest Price on chachhi
  • Slim & light Polycarbonate hard case.
  • Extremely slim profile.
  • Access to all standard buttons and ports.
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15 Feb 19
India's No.1 Brand for Designer Mobile Covers and Cases at Lowest Price on chachhi
  • Slim & light Polycarbonate hard case.
  • Extremely slim profile.
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15 Feb 19
India's No.1 Brand for Designer Mobile Covers and Cases at Lowest Price on chachhi
  • Slim & light Polycarbonate hard case.
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  • Access to all standard buttons and ports.
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15 Feb 19
India's No.1 Brand for Designer Mobile Covers and Cases at Lowest Price on chachhi
  • Slim & light Polycarbonate hard case.
  • Extremely slim profile.
  • Access to all standard buttons and ports.
  • Matte finish high definition printing.
  • Impact resistant and durable.
14 Feb 19
Local SEO Results

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web. Search Engine Roundtable Stories: Google Auto Complete Suggestions Design ChangeJayesh Vaishnav shared on Twitter a screen shot of Google auto suggest or auto complete might be testing a […]

14 Feb 19
Pinewood Daily News and Announcements

Pinewood Wear Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Roadmap 2019-2020 sessions this week. We enjoyed the robust discussion and appreciate the thoughtful dialogue. As a reminder, all purchases for Pinewood Wear can be made through our school store exclusively on the Lands’ End website. Click on Frequently Asked Questions and the “Fitting […]

14 Feb 19
9to5Google
In addition to a homepage Doodle and new ‘Love’ Playmoji for the Pixel, Google is celebrating Valentine’s Day with free Play Store credit for everybody. However, the usual terms and conditions are present. Unlike previous offers limited to some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners, this $1 credit is available for all users by entering the “VALENTINE2019” promo code. An app, game, or in-app item priced at over $3 is required for this deal to kick-in, but 33% off is not bad. It unfortunately does not work with movies and television shows. Google began alerting users via email this morning, with a convenient “Redeem now” shortcut. Others can visit the Play Store on Android or the web and then “Redeem” at the bottom of the navigation drawer. On mobile, users will be taken to a promo page with a carousel of “Popular Choices.” The page is accessible after the fact by heading to Account and then the Rewards tab. This code must be redeemed by February 28th, and expires on March 1st. Elsewhere, the Play Store has a “Love is in the air” collection of themed apps, movies, and books today. More about Google Play Store: Google Play Store replaces tiny overflow button with ‘tap & hold’ gesture You can now make donations on Android right from the Google Play Store Google Play Store has denied Tasker access to Android call and SMS capabilities
14 Feb 19
Chrome Unboxed - The Latest Chrome OS News

Chromebook Offers are usually small, free gifts for Chromebook users that rotate in and out alongside the ever-present 100GB of free Drive storage. They don’t change too often and are usually simple things like exclusive Roblox add-ons. While my daughter loves getting these types of freebies, many Chromebook users simply forget or completely ignore the […]

14 Feb 19
News

Google Doodle on Thursday honoured late legendary Indian actress Madhubala on her 86th anniversary. Bollywood’, Madhubala was a gifted actor and was known for her beauty, personality and sensitive portrayals of women in films. Born in Delhi on this day in 1933, Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi was raised in a town located near the Bombay Talkies […]