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Pulseactiv Insights: Top Team Building Activities Awards 2022

PulseActiv Insights Team Building awards

Always wondered what’s popular and trending in the team building market now that the pandemic is finally over or simply looking for something fun and different to do with your team? We’ve got your back.

Introducing…. Our first ever team building popularity awards where we share with you the top activities I’ll clients have picked in 2022 to save you time and hassle of searching all around the internet.

 

MOST POPULAR RACE BASED ACTIVITY – THE PULSEACTIV AMAZING RACE

Coming in at over 100 events for the year was our ever consistent and uber popular Amazing Race which started our 10 year-journey in the team building space.  From starting out in 2013 with offering just 3 locations of Sentosa, City Hall & the CBD, we’ve literally expanded to offering customized races around the island from Gardens By The Bay, a traditional heritage journey around Chinatown and multiple island-wide races where we’ve even helped a number of organizations tailor their employee inductions into a fun race even visiting their various sites.

Oh yes, don’t worry our race isn’t just a hunt with quizze and clues as apart from a wide 30-game selection for you to pick from with loads of team elements, we’ve also got many of twists & turns, fast passes & detours packed within.

 

MOST POPULAR OUTDOOR ACTIVITY (NON-RACE) – THE RUNNING MAN

Coming in as the top in the non-race outdoor activity and going just above 100 events like our Amazing Race was the Running Man Challenge which was very popular for the smaller group sizes probably because it allowed the most interaction across whole groups with many inter-team battles and loads of laughter. The best part, it was also one of the rare few outdoor activities that allowed for a full wet-weather contingency as it could be done fully outdoors, open places with a shelter, in futsal pitches, sports hall & even few function/ hotel rooms. Oh yes, in case we also forgot to mentioned, we’ve introduced over 10 new missions that are not too physical whilst also ensuring all inclusivity to allow for a great team bonding time.

 

MOST POPULAR INDOOR ACTIVITY – DIY COASTER ADVENTURE

A surprise for our team and even our regular clients was DIY Coaster Adventure coming in top place after all numbers was tabulated knocking off our One World Pipeline activity that somehow maintained the top spot squarely since we started our journey in the team building space  pre-pandemic. Despite us introducing the activity somewhere in the midst of the year, it very quickly gained popularity even hitting up to 15 events for the month at it’s peak. With it’s many collaborative elements across teams and entire groups whilst ensuring everyone’s creativity comes to life, it’s the perfect combination for those looking for an indoor team building fix with a little physicality.

 

THE TRENDSETTER AWARD THE SQUID GAME!
Who knew a television show could so greatly captivate our hearts & our minds? This year’s trend-setter award goes to Squid Game! Showdown which we introduced after fielding many enquiries brought my everyone’s addiction to the show. The main differences from the actual show and ours? Don’t worry no one will have to die and we’ve also managed to find ways for teams to work together and navigate missions without trying to harm each other all whilst sticking true to the original games. Think Dalgona Candy Trace & Red Light, Green Light.

 

MOST POPULAR OVERSEAS LOCATION – BONUS

This year’s most popular overseas retreat location went to Batam with Bintan & Desaru trailing over many events behind and Penang & Bali rounding the top 5. With over 4 ferry operators offering daily routes and more than 30 ferries plying the route daily, the rest never had much of a chance with only 1 to 2 ferries a day plus potential jams at the causeway for Desaru & Batam.

Back to Batam, we are really glad to see the city and hotels plus resorts come back to life and our favorites Harris Barelang Batam & Radisson Batam booming with business. From mini resort amazing races, customized challenges on hotel beachfronts and even featuring ATVs in adventures, shopping and really good kelongs, there’s always going to be something for everyone.

 

We hope that the above information gives you some insights into what’s hot and popular right now but remember, no two companies, objectives and profile of participants are the same so it’s also ok to pick what’s best for you. If you are interested to find out more, reach out to us and our friendly team will happy to have a casual chat to find the best fit for you.

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Things To Consider When Deciding On A Team Building Event

Things To Consider When Deciding On A Team Building Event

  Things To Consider When Deciding On A Team Building Event   Objectives There are many benefits an organisation might reap from organising a team building, team bonding activity or any event for their employees. Much of what can be achieved by these events, is dependent on the objectives one has for the event as a whole. With a specific goal in mind, a teambuilding activity can then be designed or chosen to meet it. One example of an objective driven team building event, is one that promotes organisational goals/mission/values. For example, if collaboration is an important organisational goal, team building activities that are designed to promote this value might include mass collaboration activities where all participants have to work together to achieve an end goal. This would be more effective than a team based activity, where participants work in small groups to each try to achieve their individual team goal. If required, team building activities can also be designed in a way where the activities first focus on performance as a team followed by performance as an entire organisation. Besides promoting organisational goals, team building events can be designed to promote specific qualities an organisation wishes their employees to embody. An example would the promotion and development of the ability to deal with change. Given this rapidly changing landscape, change management is an increasingly important skill that organisations wish to employees to have. Change management specific team building events would involve activities that introduce drastic and sudden changes, where participants are facilitated and encouraged to manage through it. Having specific objective team building event, can allow for participants to manage their landscapes and work situations better. That being said, not all team events require a specific objective. The other side of team building is team bonding and team bonding events are fundamentally meant to encourage interaction between participants and can be organised for merely that purpose. Team bonding events such as Family Day or Sports Days or even an Amazing Race can be utilised by an organisation to improve connections within the organisation, and would be a great opportunity to foster social bonds, in an out of the office setting.   Participants Different types of team building activity engage and are enjoyed by different individuals. One factor that affects this is the age of participants. Very broadly, younger participants enjoy more fast paced and action packed activities such as amazing races while older participants would very much more prefer interactive team indoor activities. Secondly, one should consider demographics of the organisation and of its employees, like the industry and positions of the employees. It is a known fact that different industries draw different crowds. Creative industries are more likely to draw more easy going and adventurous individuals as compared to the medical or engineering industry. Therefore, they are likely to enjoy different kinds of activities. An easier going crowd might enjoy activities which require them to think out of the box, and come up with unique solutions whilst other kinds of crowds might enjoy a more structured and competitive activity. The title or positions of the participants is also likely to affect what kind of activities they enjoy. For example, in most organisations, management level participants are more likely to enjoy activities that are more brain based activities as compared to team bonding activities that demand more movements. There are many exceptions to this case, but it is still important to consider this aspect when designing an event. Thirdly, one should consider the number of participants expected for this event. There are many different types of team building events and one differentiating factor is the range of participants that are expected. There are some who organise team building event for the entire company, going up to 2,000 people while others organise activities for departments or units which can be as small as 10 people. There are many things that will be different as well based on the varying number of participants who are there. For a large scale event, there is always the concern about being able to fully engage all participants while also ensuring that the activity itself can be managed.   Cost The last factor one should consider when designing a teambuilding activity, is the allowed budget for the entire event. With a more flexible budget, one can explore more possibilities. It is a rising trend that organisations take team building events abroad. For Singapore team building events, countries like Indonesia and Malaysia are top choices. Such team building activities combine company retreat with team building events and are effective in meeting its objectives. With a greater budget, one can also explore having incentives like prizes or rewards for employees who participate in the teambuilding event. However, it is important to note that budget does not necessarily correlate to the effectiveness of the teambuilding event. Having a clear objective and understanding the demographics of participants can ensure that event objectives can be met. There are also many team building options that one can consider when under a tight budget like having a half-day team building event!   In conclusion, there are many variations of team building activities that differ in respect to objectives, participants and cost. One should consider each factor while deciding on a teambuilding activity to ensure that you find the best one for you!

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The Beginners Guide – The 8 Step Guide To Planning An Awesome Team Building Event

The Beginners Guide - The 8 Step Guide To Planning An Awesome Team Building Event

  The Beginners Guide – The 8 Step Guide To Planning An Awesome Team Building Event Having to plan a team building event for your organisation or department can feel like a daunting process especially if it’s your first one. With tons of things to consider and even factors beyond your control, it can often seem scary and overwhelming. Here at PulseActiv, we gain our satisfaction not from winning as many clients as we can but helping organisations make informed decisions and if that results in engaging us, of course we will not complain :). So here’s our 8-step guide that will help greatly simplify your planning process and organise a memorable, fun and meaningful event for your team.   Step 1 – Understanding Your Position, The Scenario & Your Goals Before jumping straight into costs and other matters, the first step is understanding what your organisation’s goals are, what you want to accomplish and what resources you have to help you move forward. Having all these in hand will help provide some context and make the next few steps easier.   For example, why is your organisation conducting this activity? a) To thank staff for their hard work for the year. b) To set the tone for the upcoming year c) To announce adjustments in the organisation’s plans, values & goals d) To focus on a specific topic   Are you able to cope with the added responsibility on top of your main job?  That is an answer we will not be able to help you with however here are some questions to ask yourself. a) What is your current workload? b) Are you able to get help internally eg. setting up a committee to help you? c) What kind of timeline are you working with? Once you’ve asked yourself the questions, you are ready to move on to the next step.   Step 2 – Budgeting Budgeting is key to any organisation and similarly key to the success of an event and comes in two folds. It helps set standards and expectations prior to the event. Part A – Research and understand the different expense types and the expected spending based on a low-budget, mid-budget & high-budget event.  Here are the few key cost components: a) Team Building Organization & Management & Logistics – This could be in the form of engaging a team building events company with everything included in one package or heading to a concept activity venue such as an escape room / bowling or purchasing logistics to organise your own DIY event. b) Venue Booking & Permit Requirements c) Food & Beverages d) Other Optional Items – Prizes | Door Gifts | Banners | Event Insurance Such costs can be easily obtained by reaching out to all-in-one team building providers such as ourselves or reaching out to vendors of each segment and consolidating costs for each aspect. Want to learn more in each category? Click here for an in-depth guide to budgeting for your event. Part B – Speak to your team, management and bosses to check how much money is allocated for the event. If they do not have any numbers to work with, try to dig up previous activities conducted to get a sense of the budget in the past. If no information is available or if your organisation is new to team building, fret not, focusing on part A will still help you move along.   Step 3 – Selecting The Right Provider Finding the right fit and vendor for your event is an important aspect of an event’s success and failure so here are some quick tips on that. a) Google is your best friend – Google is the most used search engine in the world so we highly recommend that as a starting point when searching for a provider as they will lead you to many results. b) Shortlist a few vendors to contact – Look through each vendor’s website to get an idea of the activities they do & their client portfolio. A picture is worth a thousand words. c) Reach out to the respective vendors to get a quote and proposal – Try to provide the vendor with as much information as possible as this will help the vendor to get a more in-depth understanding.   Here are some key details we often ask our clients. – Event Date & Time – Demographics Of Your Participants – Objectives – Past Activities Conducted – Preferred Locations – Budget d) Vet through the proposals you receive. Here are some guiding points. – Pricing – Compare packages across the various vendors and shortlist those that fit your budget. – Activity options – Based on your team’s interest and objectives, select an activity you feel best fits your needs. – Experience & reputation – Due diligence is essential when appointing a team-building vendor as you’ll be depending on them to execute your event to perfection. Ask for past event videos and photos as well as their past client portfolio. e) Shortlist your preferred providers and request a meeting with them – Meeting the provider will allow you to better understand the activities they do and what they can offer you. From there, select the vendor that’s the right fit for you. For a more in-depth guide on selecting the right team building vendor, click here.   Step 4 – Finding The Right Venue With so many venue options in Singapore and so many different configurations, it’s hard to decide what’s right for you. Here’s a quick sneak peek in the world of venues starting with venue types. In essence, there are two types of venues in Singapore. a) Venue + Food Places – Venue + Food places refers to venues where you have to pay a rental fee for the venue and have to cater food separately either from food caterers in Singapore or from the venue’s catering partners. Why consider this option. Although there might be more cost elements to consider, venue + food options tend to be much cheaper with such venues often working out to be less than $10-$20/pax. Add that in with catering of $10-$15/pax and other misc items above adding an estimated additional $5/pax, it could work out to roughly about $25/pax-$40/pax. b) Venue With Food Places – Venue With Food places refers to venues where you pay a package price per pax and includes usage of the venue and food. Examples of such venues are hotels or country clubs or convention centres. Venues like this tend to start from $45/pax up to potentially a $100/pax although there are some attractive promotions occasionally. With that out of the way, it’s time to look into other consideration points when selecting your venue. a) Venue size – Is the venue size suitable for your group and for the activity selected? b) Nature Of Activity – What is the nature of the activity? Is it suitable for the venue proposed? c) Has time been buffered in for setup before the event and teardown after the event? d) Does the venue have a wet weather contingency for outdoor events? For a more in-depth guide on selecting the right team building venue, click here. If everything has been considered,  congratulations, you are done with venues and are ready to move on to the next step.   Step 5 – Customising To Your Needs Once the vendor has been appointed, it’s time to get down to customising the little details. No two companies are the same and hence, their needs and requirements might also differ. Here are the different areas you should think about. a) Demographics of your participants – Do the activities proposed suit their needs? Is there a need to make revisions based on the vendor’s proposed program? b) Timeline – Is the timeline proposed what you are comfortable with? c) Add on requirements – Do you require any other items apart from the team building package? Prizes? Door Gifts? Banners?   Step 6 – Marketing To Your Participants Now that you’ve got all the details down, it’s time to settle the next most important thing in getting your event together, gathering the participants. To do so, we suggest putting up an e-poster to inform them of the event in a fun and exciting way and perhaps a google form if you need to collate attendance, dietary requirements or even shirt sizing.   Step 7 – The Final Touches The final touch typically comes into play 1 week before the event where you’ll need to finalise your participation as well as clear up any queries you have and approve any outstanding items.   Step 8 – It’s Time To Have Some Fun, Let Your Vendor Do The Work It’s an event day so enjoy yourselves.

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Finding The Right Venue For Your Team Building Event

Finding The Right Venue For Your Team Building Event

Finding The Right Venue For Your Team Building Event With so many venue options in Singapore and so many different configurations, it’s hard to decide what’s right for you. Here’s a peek in the world of venues starting with venue types. In essence, there are two types of venues in Singapore. 1) Venue + Food Places – Venue + Food places refers to venues where you have to pay a rental fee for the venue and have to cater food separately either from food caterers in Singapore or from the venue’s catering partners. Within the venue + food venues, there might also be hidden costs such as rental of tables & chairs (Not all venues come with logistics) & AV techs (If speakers & projectors are needed). Some examples of such venues would be Marina Barrage indoor venues, Lifelong Learning Institute or Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Why consider this option. Although there might be more cost elements to consider, venue + food options tend to be much cheaper with such venues often working out to be less than $10-$20/pax. Add that in with catering of $10-$15/pax and other miscellaneous items above adding an estimated additional $5/pax, it could work out to roughly about $25/pax-$40/pax. We highly recommend tapping on such venues if budget is a concern because less doesn’t always mean worse. We’ve found some really nice venues for really good rates before. 2) Venue With Food Places – Venue With Food places refers to venues where you pay a package price per pax and includes usage of the venue and food. Examples of such venues are hotels or country clubs or convention centres. Venues like this tend to start from $45/pax up to potentially a $100/pax although there are some attractive promotions occasionally. If you are looking at hotels, we highly recommend RWS Sentosa, MHotel & Hilton Hotel whilst if you are looking at convention centres, check out Suntec City  Convention Centre.   With that out of the way, it’s time to look into other consideration points when selecting your venue. a) Venue size – Is the venue size suitable for your group and for the activity selected? Quick tip, for team building activities, you often need slightly more space than a traditional theatre-style seating with certain activities requiring 2-3 times more space so work with your vendor to ensure the venue is sufficient. b) Nature Of Activity – i) What is the nature of the activity? ii) Is it an outdoor/ indoor activity? iii) Does the venue have any restrictions? Eg. no inflatables or painting allowed? c) Has time been buffered in for setup before the event and tear-down after the event?  A good time to set aside is 1 hour prior for setup and 1 hour post-event for teardown however take note this differs from activity and activity as well as requirements so check with your team building vendor before securing your venue. d) Does the venue have a wet weather contingency for outdoor events? If everything has been considered, you are ready to move on to the next step.   Head back to our awesome guide to planning your team building event here.

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Our Top 5 Picks For Your Next Virtual Team Building Event

Our Top 5 Picks For Your Next Virtual Team Building Event

Are you looking for something fun and different to do with your team? Then, why not try out our virtual team building activities or games! They’re a great way to get to know your co-workers better and have some fun. Plus, they’re perfect for remote teams. Here are our top five picks from our collection for the best virtual team building experience. Check them out and see which one is right for you!   #1. Team Bingo Too complicated? Too boring? Too draggy? Someone always seems to be overpowering the rest?  Team Bingo, our most popular activity is the perfect solution for teams looking for a fun and light-hearted team challenge that will get everyone working together creatively in an attempt to complete a series of tasks or rather line.  From photo, video, dance, physical and team challenges of varying difficulties with a core focus on team and inclusivity, it’s perfect for boosting team morale and interaction. The best part, with a wide selection of games for teams to choose from, they’ll be able to tailor their experience accordingly.    #2 Domination Looking for something to bring out the competitive spirit in your team or just a way to allow participants to interact across the board?  Domination might just do the trick for you as participants battle it out to be the ultimate dominator within the team. Think, outwit, outplay & outlast as they try to be man on top learning new skills, unleashing their creativity & having to adapt as quickly as they can. Before you start trying to connect the dots on how this helps with team bonding, let us help you do so as in this unique no holds barred challenge, instead of killing each other literally, they’ll be placed in different teams for each game requiring them to adapt quickly & work with new team members for victory each round.   With Domination, there are no boundaries – only winners.   #3. Abducted “Alone, we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Hellen Keller  You may have the best team globally, but if they don’t work together, you will not get very far. And if you don’t have a leader, you’re not going to get very far. Introducing Abducted,  a game we are just so proud off that involves collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership all at once as participants attempt to save 21-year old Katherine who’s been kidnapped by one John Chadwick. Think escape room adventure but without any individual heroes as each elite team and agents within will all be given different info throughout their journey. Let’s hope they’ll be able to bring Katherine home before it’s too late.   #4. Lost Treasures Of Sundarbans It can be hard to motivate employees to think critically and work together and PS. Escape rooms are always a good energy booster at the same time. Cue Lost Treasure Of Sundarbans that we curated based on the Sundarbans Forest the largest mangrove forest in the world and home of the Royal Bengal Tigers where teams will need to think critically, solve problems, work together in order to find the Lost Treasures before another team gets to it first. If you are worried that it might be too hard for participants, don’t worry we’ve got that settled by building fun puzzles that are both simple and complicated at the same time. Think interactive live chat box, the old school nokia snake game, matching, board mysteries and more. Can your team complete the obstacles, get to the treasures & escape the home of the Royal Bengal Tigers in time?   #5. Beat The Clock If you are looking for a quick morale booster and a fun game night with lots of laughter, Beat The Clock designed after popular game show Minute To Win is perfect for you as teams or individuals go head to head in mini challenges before 60 seconds run out. From guiding a cookie from their forehead into their mouths without any hands to scribbling as fast as they can, we are silently hoping that their adrenaline doesn’t shoot through the roof and no one ends up in stitches. Don’t worry, everything they’ll need can be found in the comfort of their home.     Conclusion Thank you for making it to the end, we hope we’ve managed to give you some creative ideas for your next virtual team building event. If you are keen to find out more or need help selecting the perfect solution for your team, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to assist.