Employees given memorable team building opportunities
Since 1983, Baudville has provided and modeled the most innovative products and ideas for recognition, team building and special events. This spring, Baudville shares a new, innovative approach to team building and employee recognition as the company marks 25 years of business.
To celebrate the milestone, Baudville has partnered with local Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, an award winning affiliate also in its 25th year, to be the sole sponsor of the area’s 250th Habitat home. The anniversary celebration continues for the duration of the home construction and will be an interactive team building opportunity for Baudville employees.
As a gift from the company, all employees have the opportunity to spend one work day volunteering at the construction site. The day at the home site has been a memorable team building experience as individuals from various departments work side by side framing walls, putting up siding and using power tools for the first time.
The partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County was designed to reward employees for their contributions to the company’s success. Employees are engaged with the house project, initiate status updates, and volunteer crews have experienced positive team building results. Baudville will be updating its charitable giving website, Baudville’s Helping Hand, periodically with pictures of the house and team building experiences. We hope you will celebrate this milestone with us by following the progress of this exciting employee recognition, team building initiative!
The Penguin Award: Recognizing the Power of Team Building
To reinforce teamwork, I have created a pass-along team building recognition program called the Penguin Award. When I introduce this during a training session, all attendees are told about the “Power of Team” story
and key individuals in the group are given a Squeezable Squeezable Praise Penguin
to acknowledge the way they support their fellow teammates. A short paragraph is read about their “good deed,” and they are asked to pass on their penguin to someone else within 24 hours, acknowledging another coworker’s example of teamwork. This can continue as long as you want!
Ruby Newell-Legner, Certified Speaking Professional, is an international staff development trainer and culture-transformer. Her company, RubySpeaks, Inc., provides the training employees need to create a work environment where everyone can excel on the job. For more information about Ruby, visit www.RubySpeaks.com
Team Building Quick Tips
Keep your team energized and the synergy flowing throughout your organization by providing co-worker recognition team building opportunities. These inexpensive recognition practices can make the difference in your work environment and culture!
- Keep an inventory of mini-notecards and stickers on hand for co-workers to write positive thank you notes to each other.
- Invite co-workers to nominate their peers for public recognition via email. Publish the nominations on an employee intranet site or newsletter.
- Post co-worker Praise Pad notes on a public bulletin board.
Recognition Best Practices
This month’s Recognition Best Practice Winner is Tricia Michael, Office Manager at the Hampton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in Virginia. Congratulations, Tricia!
Each year we have the daunting task of purging and storing closed files (approx. 10,000 files per year). In previous years, the office manager (me) has been responsible for this task by herself. Determined to make this a fun, team building effort, we now have what we call a "Grub Day." The support staff can dress down, get into the file room, and without regard to whose files are whose, we box up, shred, store and organize our file room. The office budget springs for lunch. The first year it took us all day. Now after a few years, we get the task done in less than 5 hours! Everyone pitches in and helps each other without complaint. It has been a successful team building event and we accomplish a task no one wants to do alone.