What do you do when you’ve got a team that has to work together but doesn’t like each other?
A large life insurance company based in upstate New York was having some trouble with one of their departments earlier this summer. The team of about 20 employees just wasn’t getting along; most of the staff members didn’t like one another and that was wreaking havoc on the office. Energy and morale were down, and it made going to work more of a chore for most of the team than the department’s managers wanted it to be.
So they gave us a call!
We were excited to put our methods of team building and bonding to one of their toughest tests yet as we went to work with this group. To combat the office unhappiness, we put together a full day’s agenda for the team designed to hit on their specific goals, beginning with our Storytelling Workshop and ending with a fun tour and Happy Hour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
While these five things may not seem like they have much to do with each other at first glance, there’s one key thing that unites them.
They all have a rich, incredible history hidden in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
We’ve spent hours discovering the best-kept secrets of the museum’s halls. We put together a custom tour on the history of yogurt for Dannon, gathered the best stories about dogs in the Met for BarkBox, crafted a technology through time tour for Google, and dug up amazing medieval and modern beauty practices for Elizabeth Arden.
Recently, we decided to turn our attention to sports.
The Fraunces Tavern is a really, really cool spot for team building in New York City. It’s an American Revolution icon with a rich history. To take a walk through the museum today is to take a walk in the footsteps of George Washington during the American Revolution.
It’s a legendary building in New York City’s own backyard and it makes for an amazing evening at the museum with your staff.
As with our team building tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, we can completely customize our events at the Fraunces Tavern to company values and expectations. Emphasizing communication in the workplace? Our games and activities will help promote that. Focused on meeting deadlines and growing together as a team? We can plan an entire event around those principles. Or maybe your group just needs to blow off some steam and have a great time; we can do that, too.
More and more, companies are expanding their operations and hiring individuals across the globe. This presents new challenges for cohesiveness within and between departments in the company. These challenges are not impossible to overcome; with a little commitment to team building, your employees can be moving along smoothly and productively. Check out how Museum Hack’s team building activities at the Met worked for global cosmetic giant Shiseido.
Shiseido is a large, international cosmetic and fragrance company with hundreds of subsidiaries and thousands of employees. The business aims to inspire a life full of culture and beauty. With such a rich commitment to embracing global cultures, we couldn’t think of a better place for team building than the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Here at Museum Hack, we love taking the traditional and adding our own unconventional twist.
A few months ago, we were approached by Gravitas, a top company in business IT infrastructure and support with more than 275 employees among their five international locations. Gravitas was organizing their company-wide quarterly Town Hall meeting and wanted to do something a little different. Gravitas executives wanted to host a great event to help bring their huge team together. The catch? They weren’t looking to bring the group to a museum; they wanted us to bring our team building expertise to a venue of their choosing to shake things up and help everyone have fun and connect.
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It took some time for us to put together the perfect custom event for Gravitas. We first traveled to their New York offices to meet with the company’s CEO and show off our storytelling and games. Though initially hesitant to work with us, skeptical that our eclectic mix of games would resonate well with their team, we met their doubts head on and crafted an event at which the entire team had a blast.
We designed a competition unlike any other: the Gravitas Olympics.
Small teams of four or five employees worked together to complete different games, activities, and challenges, all while accruing points. They competed in games like “Liar, Liar” (in which all team members tell a story about a time they failed royally, the team then votes on the best and memorizes it before they tell it to the whole group as if it was their own and the group votes on whose story they think it actually is), a photo scavenger hunt, and a four-person chair hack (team members sit on chairs and lay their heads in their partners’ laps in a square shape and then work together to support the group once the chairs are removed).
Converting skeptics into believers
The Gravitas group also worked with a musical director to create a polyrhythm together on drums and other percussion instruments, learning to play and hold two conflicting rhythms in their bodies, as well as hold these rhythms against their teammates’. By the end of the day, everyone was jamming in synchrony with other another, both musically and otherwise.
Despite their initial reservations about working with Museum Hack, Gravitas had a super successful Town Hall meeting! The event’s coordinator had this to say:
“Everyone had a really great time. Numerous people came up to me to let me know how much fun they had and specifically mentioned that they really loved the Museum Hack team!”
Whether inside or outside of a museum, we’re always ready to hack your event and prepare a custom set of activities matched to your company’s mission and values.
Do you have a company event you’d like to hack? We’d love to talk to you about our methods of supercharging events and customizing our tours for your team’s goals! Give us a call at 1-800-778-5531 or send us an email at [email protected]
Plans. They’re always changing, but luckily, our guides are great at improvisation and turning even the most unexpected situations into something awesome.
We recently had the pleasure of working with a team from RMS – Risk Management Solutions, a company founded in 1988 at Stanford University that helps financial institutions and other public organizations with risk recognition, planning, and management. What started with a few individuals has grown to a company of over 400 employees in 100 countries. With as many employees as RMS has, they understand the value of investing in team camaraderie and they wanted our help planning an unforgettable custom team bonding event for one of their departments.
Customization and engagement are at the heart of everything we do.
While we love creating exciting, unusual museum tours, over the years, we’ve found that our methods of engagement that work really well inside the museum are also incredibly effective outside the museum.
A few months ago, we had the opportunity to demonstrate what we do both in and out of museums when we helped plan a day-long Leadership Summit for Knewton, a leading company in the personalized learning and education field. Knewton had reached out in the past about a team building tour with us and we believed that our methods of sparking excitement in museumgoers would align seamlessly with their company’s goal of increasing passion for learning.
They’re one of our favorite activities for company team building and private museum tours alike. Scavenger hunts are super fun, easily customizable, and we can design them to promote almost any value or goal you can imagine, from communication skills to teamwork to having a great time while competing against colleagues or friends.
Several months ago, Wix.com, a custom website building company with offices around the world, reached out to us to talk scavenger hunts and team building.
Few organizations have mastered the art of team building quite like the military. So what could be more inspiring than taking lessons from history and bringing your company together in the very place where George Washington famously led his troops during the American Revolution?
While many of our New York City team building tours take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, the Fraunces Tavern is one of our favorite lesser-known spots for team building in New York.
Located in the heart of the city, the Fraunces Tavern is a national historic landmark with an impressive resume. A museum, restaurant, and bar all wrapped up into one perfect spot for company team building, the Fraunces Tavern is an American Revolution icon. It served as George Washington’s headquarters during the war and was a key site for peace negotiations with Great Britain. Later, the building morphed into early U.S. government offices. George Washington famously bid farewell to his troops at the Tavern on December 4, 1783, in the Long Room, which is still there today.
All in all, it’s a fantastic spot for an afternoon at the museum on its own, but it’s even more amazing for a totally unique, engaging, and fun team building experience.