Team Bonding Vs Team Building

Team Bonding Vs Team Building

We often get questions on the difference between team building & team bonding so we thought why not answer it here.

Team Bonding
What does the term bonding actually mean? Similar to how a bond can be referred to the binding of an individual to a contract, investment or agreement, bonds between humans refer to the unifying quality that connects individuals to one another. This is important in a team/ group setting where it refers to a unifying bond between an individual, to others in the group and to the group as a whole and if present, may translate to greater desire to work hard for the group often done through fun activities. Some examples of team bonding activities include sports activities such as Telematch Games, Archery Tag, Bubble Soccer & Dodgeball, activities featured in our Mini Olympics Challenges or outdoor fun-based activities such as our signature Amazing Race & Running Man Challenge. PS, it can even be as simple as attending a cooking class, bowling night or a simple board game day in your office.

Team Building
Team building on the other hand, is slightly different. Whilst team bonding focuses on creating a unifying bond, team building is useful for those that want their team to be more productive and stronger as a whole with still a small element of bonding. This concept recognizes that every member brings to the table their skills, strengths & weaknesses and by working together as one, the team can become much stronger. The activities in team building create opportunities for members of the team to better understand working styles, preferences, strengths and pitfalls of their teammates and are designed to help build skills such as problem solving and communication as a team and create takeaway aka “Aha” moments for reflection through team activities that often can be applied to the everyday office life. The biggest benefit of team- building is often the long-term results. Some examples of team building activities are one world pipeline and our custom building the dream team activity.

So Which Is For Me?
The answer is, that depends. The biggest question we always ask our clients at the start is what do they want to get out of the activity? At the end of the day, it really boils down to what you feel your team needs. If the team is already a high performing team and the focus is to create unifying bonds, then we would recommend conducting team bonding activities as they have a stronger impact in forming bonds than team building. However, if team performance or working on a particular area is your focus, then team building is right for you as you get the best of both worlds.

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Why Virtual Team Bonding? – Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Bandwagon

Why Virtual Team Bonding? - Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Bandwagon

Virtual team bonding has become the new normal as we adapt to the Work from home reality brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you are still on the fence, here are 5 reasons why you should consider a virtual event whilst we wait out the pandemic.


Bring More Interaction To Virtual Work
As much as there are countless benefits about Working From Home Eg. Netflix all day just kidding 🙂 or being able to work in your pajamas, the reality is that with the Work From Home situation having been in place for a while now most people are slowly growing apart without realizing. Studies have shown that the physical distance of working remotely can eventually turn into an emotional distance. By having regular virtual bonding sessions (PS. it can be as simple as a chit chat or coffee break) it’ll provide opportunities for everyone to catch up, get familiar with each other, re-kindle the old flame and perhaps even create new meaningful relationships that leave all members feeling valued and satisfied.

Boost Team Morale 
We’ve spent quite some time sharing the importance of bringing more interaction to virtual work so we’ll keep this short. When everyone feels like a family, people wake up excited for work with excitement & enthusiasm which means also higher productivity!

Combat Loneliness
Loneliness can come in different shapes or forms and is a dangerous emotion. For the lucky ones who are living with family, loneliness might  creep in let alone for those working away from their families in another country. For some of us, work could be a form of socializing and with the loss of ability to have a quick chat with colleagues in the lift or pantry or simply turn behind to ask a question it might hit harder. Gone are the days we can have a quick chat in the lift or pantry. Let’s face it, trying to randomly chat with someone virtually especially since you have not seen them for a while is going to be a little awkward.

Increase Collaboration
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much more”. Many people have the mindset that it is alot harder to collaborate virtually. One good benefit of a virtual event apart from all the above points is that you can show your team how we shouldn’t let any obstacles stand in our way. Plus, it’s always good to know someone has your back.

Lower Costs
We always try to save the best for last. Apart from the prices of virtual team bonding being signifcantly cheaper than physical events, there’s also other hidden savings such as travel, venue rental & other misc cost. Even if you are not facing budget cuts, why not use the remaining budget more effectively such as for more attractive prizes or a little gift for everyone.

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Till we meet physically, take care.