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What was 2019 like for your team? Were they energized and ready to take on new challenges? Or were they so ready for some time away from each other and to recharge. It’s normal to feel this way towards the end of a long work year, but how do you make sure this doesn’t carry over into the New Year?

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What was 2019 like for your team? Were they energized and ready to take on new challenges? Or were they so ready for some time away from each other and to recharge. It’s normal to feel this way towards the end of a long work year, but how do you make sure this doesn’t carry over into the New Year?

The first few weeks of the new year is a delicate period of time, a time when office workers return to the rhythm of the 9 to 5 pace and when promised New Year’s resolutions are carefully observed like religious rites. Some of us want to lose weight, while some of us want to buy that expensive car they've always dreamed of. Some resolve to travel the world, while others resolve to stop disappointing others.

It’s true that good communication can lead to excellent results. In fact, over 80% of the American population believes that employee communication is a key factor in organizational success.

“Awkward.” That’s the last thing that we want to hear from our new employee, right? Although you can’t expect instant confidence and immediate bonding when working in a new environment, as the leader of your team, it’s rather important to look for ways you can help break the ice for newbies.

Team-building activities are one of the most important activities that are often overlooked by business owners and managers. These activities are essential to create and build a stable foundation between the members of your team and should be something that’s regularly scheduled from time to time. Fortunately, there are event companies that offer services that are inclusive of fun, sweat-breaking activities for your team.

There are a lot of ways iconic leaders manage their own teams. Some leaders start building a team even before recruitment. Other leaders prefer hiring a diverse team, each with different interests, practices, and hobbies and manage them according to their strengths. Similarly, leaders make effective teams by applying consistent strategies.

It’s pretty clear that Baby Boomers and Gen X-dominated workplaces are beginning to see an influx of Millennial and Gen Z employees. This generation raised on smartphones and internet memes is now part of an already diverse workforce.

Gone are the days when company team building activities are defined by droopy shoulders, endless boredom, and a ‘get me out of here’ mood. With tons of out-of-the-box team bonding ideas sprouting like mushrooms, enhancing teamwork and camaraderie has never been more awesome!

The way an office works is often compared to a well-oiled machine: each piece has to run smoothly and remain in its proper place, each cog moving in unison for the benefit of the business as a whole. Except, humans aren’t cogs, and our minds and bodies can’t handle the monotonous motions that mechanisms can do to perfection.

The adrenaline-pumping games, spontaneous laughs, and unexpected friendships that form during office bonding activities strengthen the teamwork behind businesses. Why? Because fun is always associated with great office team building exercises!

Nobody wants to see their employees rolling their eyes during their company’s corporate team bonding activities. This is why great team building planners choose unique and fun activities to make sure the event is memorable for all the right reasons.

A company’s team building event is one of the best ways to encourage camaraderie and help co-workers establish connections with each other. It’s the perfect chance to nudge your team into getting to know each other better and to be more open with what they can each bring to the table.

Team building activities have come to evolve from company picnics and karaoke nights to more thrilling events like escape room races. From large corporations to local start-ups, it’s a great way of encouraging cohesiveness, efficiency, and a positive working environment in the office.

It's always interesting to see what the speculative trends are for the events industry. Below you will find what we think will be more of an expansion on some trends that we loved in 2019 and hope to see more of in the new year.

2019 has been a fun year for corporate events. Engaging add ons like virtual reality stations, sweatworking and mobile escape rooms to name a few, have taken the typical corporate event to a whole new level. All of these additions are great, however where a truly excellent and memorable event starts, is the venue.Corporate event planners can book high demand venues as much as 2 years in advance. So it's never too early to start thinking about your 2020 venue choices.To get you started, we have listed what we think the top 5 Chicago venues are for the 2020 event year. These venues stand out with onsite breweries, chic outdoor spaces and a focus on sustainability to name a few things. Read on to get the scoop on where the most on trend corporate events will be happening in 2020.

With the season of celebration approaching, it’s as good a time as any to review the dos and don’ts of holiday party etiquette. I know, you’re shaking your head, but it’s worth reviewing before the egg nog is flowing. We don’t want to sound like the Grinch, but we do have a few ideas of how to make sure you aren’t slinking into the office the next day.

We have shared some awesome Chicago attractions and facts and fun new bars here in the past, but in honor of the most festive season of all, here are five Must See (or Do!) Events in Chicago. We found a little something for everyone, from family to date night to event ideas with coworkers. But hurry - these events are all running for a limited time, and Santa will be here before you know it!

From the beautiful Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens to the wonderful museums, there are many fun things to do in Dallas. But when you’re planning a corporate event in Dallas, you want to think out of the box and scanning the list of regular tourist destinations leaves much to be desired. For the ultimate fun corporate event in Dallas, consider a mobile escape room game. Not only does the portable escape room service come to you and facilitate the event, it’s the best way to add some excitement to your next corporate event.

Can playing games really make your employees more productive? At first, it seems counter intuitive. Aren’t games just a waste of time? Games get a bad reputation for being fruitless and a way to kill time. But the truth may surprise you. Playing games at corporate events or as a part of regular workplace culture can actually help your team boost productivity and become more efficient. Games are an effective way to manage stress, energize and motivate your employees, and make the most of your time and resources. Keep reading to learn the many ways that games give your employees a productivity boost.

If you’re planning a company event, conference, or outing during the summer, you know how important it is to take the weather into account. Sure, sunshine and sunscreen can be pleasant for a bit. But a full day in the sun can be sweaty and miserable. Skip the sunburns and aloe and plan and indoor company event this summer. There are a variety of options to choose from, many of them flexible enough to work in any indoor space whether it’s a conference room, a warehouse, or a large meeting hall. Beat the summer heat with these fun indoor team building ideas.

Planning a team outing or corporate event in Chicago? There are many options to enjoy in the Windy City. A corporate event is about more than just killing time. It’s a great opportunity to learn, bond and share new experiences. From a portable escape room to Chicago food tours, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite team building ideas in Chicago.

Being a leader comes with a lot of responsibility. You want to bring out the best in your team and develop a culture that embraces and encourages adaptability, creativity, innovation and problem solving. As business and technology continue to evolve, you want your team to be flexible to change. It’s an admirable goal to strive for but how do you actually make it happen? We explore some of the best ways to encourage better problem solving skills.

Las Vegas is full of a variety of choices for entertainment and fun! But if you’re planning a team building activity or corporate event, the bountiful options can be overwhelming. If your team is local, you may feel you’ve run the gamut and need fresh, lesser-known activities to engage and surprise them. We’ve explored some of the best indoor and outdoor team building events in Las Vegas, NV and created a list of exceptional, fun and unique corporate event ideas.

Orlando, Florida is one of the best places in the U.S. for corporate events and team-building activities. There’s a wealth of things to do and fun places to visit. It’s a city well-known for entertainment and amusement. But it can challenge event planners who need to sift through the multitude and identify the best options for corporate event ideas in Orlando, FL. We’ll help you narrow it down and give you some fresh ideas so you can find the best fit for your team. We’ve sorted through the noise and here are some of our top picks.

From digging into a deep dish pizza to visiting iconic landmarks, there are many fun things to do in Chicago but none of them quite compare to the adrenaline rush of escape room races. Our corporate event escape room services in Chicago, IL are unique and exciting. The outdoor game is also a great way to explore the city. There are many reasons to try mobile escape room services but here are a few of our favorites.

From humiliating dance competitions to awkward blindfolded trust falls, corporate event activities aren’t always a success. Sports competitions are often a source of contention. Friendly kickball games bring out the competitor and the poor sportsman in some and discomfort in others. Eye-roll worthy team building activity ideas abound. It doesn’t have to be this way! Here are some corporate events that your team will actually enjoy:

If you’ve ever sat through a boring corporate meeting or failed team building event, you know how tedious they can be. There are many ways to spice up tired corporate activities and break the mold. One way is to get outside. From outdoor escape room services to kayaking down the river, the great outdoors offers fresh air solutions to stale board rooms and banquet halls. Check out our list of the top five ideas for outdoor team building events.

Though it might still seem far off, summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your company summer outing.

The days are getting longer, temperatures are rising and it’s starting to feel like summer is within reach.

There's always new night life destinations opening up around Chicago, it can be hard to keep up with them all!

Corporate events have historically revolved around bottles of wine, four-course meals and late nights at work.

Planning a conference or large meeting can be overwhelming.

When it comes to hosting corporate events for your clients and team, it can be a challenge to find new ideas that get everyone excited.

Finding fun, engaging and affordable events for your college or university programs can pose a challenge.

Though many Chicago locals avoid the city’s most touristy attractions like “the bean” and Navy Pier, exploring Chicago’s most popular destinations can be a fun way to bond with your team, introduce new team members to their new home and show off Chicago to visiting clients.

When it comes to corporate team building activities, there’s a rising trend that’s hard to miss: escape rooms. These events are gaining a lot of traction in the corporate world for good reason.

Building an engaged and high performing team doesn't just happen by hiring the "right" people. Bringing in donuts once a week doesn't do it either. Upper management has to have an ongoing plan for keeping a positive culture and living in the age of technology makes it more and more challenging to get employees to disconnect and interact in a meaningful way.

Let's be honest, most team building events are pretty lame. No shame on bowling or karaoke, but people want new experiences and those just don't do it anymore. In a world where technology rules all, how do you get co-workers to disconnect and be present for just an ho...

What happens in your brain when you're solving a puzzle? Well in the simplest of terms (ie my terms) there's an area of the brain that's all about decision making and reward based on those decisions. This is the "puzzle" area and it gets a major workout in when you'...

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