365 Low or No Cost Workplace Teambuilding Activities: Games and Exercises Designed to Build Trust and Encourage Teamwork among Employees

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Teamwork, effective work teams, and team building are popular human resource topics in today's business world. Successful teams and teamwork in any organization enhance the accomplishments of the individual and enable your organization to serve customers better.

Successful team building will have far reaching ramifications. You will instantly improve the way employees interact with each other and you improve their ability to solve problems. Better problem solving means better ...

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Overview

Teamwork, effective work teams, and team building are popular human resource topics in today's business world. Successful teams and teamwork in any organization enhance the accomplishments of the individual and enable your organization to serve customers better.

Successful team building will have far reaching ramifications. You will instantly improve the way employees interact with each other and you improve their ability to solve problems. Better problem solving means better efficiency, increased morale and productivity, and decreased stress, turnover, and operating costs. Teambuilding improves communication, leadership, trust, efficiency, crisis management, and fairness.

In this new, jam-packed, book you will find hundreds of new low or no cost teambuilding games, exercises, and activities that frankly are fun, easy, and quickly implemented. You will find step-by-step instructions and hints on what to do and what not to do.

The programs detailed in this groundbreaking new book will thrill your employees with humor, fun, exciting, memorable, and unique experiences and challenges, while providing your organization with better communication, improved productivity, and higher profitability. Managers will learn how to work as a team, lead successfully, and how to communicate effectively. The atmosphere produced during these sessions helps to keep employees motivated and dynamic. Employees will learn to work together, eliminate stress and burn out, and appreciate the talents of their co-workers while building a sense of corporate identity.

These activities are designed to get full participation, ensuring everyone performs at their highest level, while breaking down barriers, and most importantly, everyone will have fun with little actual cost to your organization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601380432
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/9/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 514,092
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Informative and helpful book

    My goodness, does the corporate world now demand their employees to work every day of the year? John Peragine provides 365 (skipping the extra day in a leap year) team-building activities just in case. Having worked in the corporate world for 16 years before becoming a teacher I can appreciate the author's efforts to provide practical and low cost solutions to building teamwork in the office place. I can also tell after reading this book that the inept boss (played brilliantly by the actor Gary Cole) in the movie 'Office Space' did not benefit from the authors wisdom. I also know that many others can relate to having that kind of boss, and want to avoid that at all costs. If you do not want to be that boss then get this book.
    This book works well because you are first introduced to what teamwork is, why it is important, and how different personalities play a part. The author then goes on to provide practical exercises to achieve teamwork. The exercises are designed to be fun (unless you are a complete cynic) and most are short in duration (time is money). The author ends the book with a short, but informative wrap-up that is able to put the whole book into perspective. I think that the author does such a good job of providing many great team-building exercises because of his background playing in an orchestra where teamwork is absolutely critical to success.
    Although I no longer work in the corporate world I plan to use some of his techniques in my classroom.
    Mr. Peragine, do we get to have one day off every four years?

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    365 Low or No Cost Workplace Teambuilding Activities: Games and Exercises Designed to Build Trust & Encourage Teamwork among Employees

    This book focuses on effective teambuilding, but it goes in to more detail then most other books on the same topic. The many types of teams are described and defined. Peragine really stress the importance of teambuilding in order to maintain an effective team. The team building games are spilt in to easy to use categories describing the purpose of the game like getting acquainted or improving communication. Under each game Peragine list the number of players and items needed to play each game. He also gives tips on scheduling a day of teambuilding. What makes this book great is that all the games are low or no cost and easy to put together. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whose staff is having difficulties with communication or to help the staff get to know each other better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Great book for organizing team work

    In so many business settings, you often hear the term ¿team-player¿. I had often wondered how to make a team work together. With so many businesses requiring quotas to be met and goals to be constantly set and achieved, how does a team leader change the focus of the members of his or her team from a ¿me¿ standpoint, to an ¿us¿ standpoint. This transition can¿t be forced, the members of the team have to want it. In his book, 365 Low or No Cost Workplace Teambuilding Activities: Games and Exercises Designed To Build Trust and Encourage Teamwork Among Employees, John N. Peragine gives practical and feasible examples on how to make a group of individuals, into a team. From the first steps of selecting a leader and finding the focus, to effectively applying the principles learned, Mr. Peragine stresses the fact that quality and clear communication is the key. After reading this book I can identify where much of Mr. Peragine¿s knowledge has stemmed from. As a past high school band member and a parent of two present high school band members, I see the possibility of using many of these techniques during band camp to bring the group together as one. Effective teamwork insures that all work towards a common goal, for the common good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Great Team Building Activities Found Here !

    One key to successful management is creating effective employee teams. Building trust among employees, however, is not an easy task. It takes patience and determination on the manager¿s part, but the payoff is more than worth the effort. How does a manger build effective teams? Peragine¿s latest book, 365 Low or No Cost Workplace Teambuilding Activities: Games and Exercises Designed To Build Trust and Encourage Teamwork Among Employees, answers this question through chapter upon chapter that defines good leadership qualities, effective team building exercises, and provides insights on ways managers can motivate team members to utilize skills learned. Each chapter follows a logical thought pattern, and subsequent examples build on principles illustrated in previous sections. Team building exercises fit a specific purpose, participation size, and skill level. Peragine does an excellent job of providing enough choices so that managers of small, medium, or large companies can find specific team building exercises to fit their particular goal. The section called ¿¿We Have Learned, Now How Do We Use What We Have Learned?...¿ effectively uses quotes to illustrate ways managers can encourage teams to follow-through on assignments, and develop an awareness of ¿the big picture¿ regarding their particular part of a task. Peragine¿s last chapter, titled ¿Contacts,¿ provides readers with a brief synopsis of each individual quoted, and lists how that particular individual effectively uses team-building exercises in their own lives. 365 Low or No Cost Workplace Teambuilding Activities: Games and Exercises Designed To Build Trust and Encourage Teamwork Among Employees is a must-have reference guide for any manger who wants cohesive teams that work not only effectively, but efficiently to accomplish a given task.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    Fantastic Advice

    My company has 34 employees and we are always looking for interesting ways to bring ourselves together as a team that functions in an efficient way without conflict. This book covered a lot of useful areas: explaining that being a good leader is part of effective teambuilding. A lot of other teambuilding books just cover games that we could play together, without covering the things that would become issues during the actual games! Things like scheduling breaks, ensuring smokers have somewhere to smoke in comfort, and even suggesting the types of clothing the teams should wear for the activities. The exercises that were detailed in the book looked like fun, but importantly it is explained what the purpose of the exercises are. The exercises are fun but they are not just games for the sake of games they are useful tools to help build up your team! I really enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to try out several of these games and exercises at our next company event!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2008

    Great easy guide to teambuilding

    This book really focuses on effective teambuilding and not just coordinating group activities. The types of teams are described and defined, and the importance of teambuilding is driven home. (This fact may be important for workers trying to use this book to persuade management that teambuilding is needed in their companies.) The team building games are split into categories describing the purpose of the game, like getting acquainted or improving communication. So, it¿s easy to find a teambuilding game best suited for your purposes or your company. Under each game, the author lists number of players and items needed to play the game. The author also gives tips on scheduling a day of teambuilding and picking a place to hold it. And, of course, as the title says, all the suggestions are inexpensive and fairly easy to put together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    Team building is difficult enough when you do know what you're doing. There are so many books on the market with as many approaches as there are authors, it's nice to find one that takes a realistic and practical approach to how to build a team. I love the bulleted, detailed approach to information and to the exercises. It makes it easier to remember important points and to refer back to. And the author isn't kidding. These really are low or no-cost activities. Not all small businesses have million dollar budgets for team building exercises, but they still want to be fun and effective. This is the book for that! I like that he gives suggestions like using libraries, churches, local parks and other venues for some of the activities too. I hadn't thought about that as an option, but good tips! This is a GREAT book for the young professional or business! It's not all 'pie-in-the-sky' psychology about team building exercises about what you MIGHT do, or COULD DO. It's basic, real, practical advice and specific, very specific exercises that I know employees participating in won't make fun of. The exercises are easy, fun and not intimidating. I went on a ropes course once as part of a team building exercise and it was a failure. It was cold, rainy, scary, hard - no one liked it or got anything of it. So outdoor thrill stuff isn't always so good. These exercises are things I've done before and would be comfortable doing in a group. There are some good tips on using time effectively too. But what I really, really like is that you really don't have to have a lot of money to do these exercises. I've read too many books where the author plans elaborate rope courses, rafting trips etc. claiming they're inexpensive. They're not! It's not just low-cost exercises either. For those of us with older employees, or some who aren't physically daring, this book gives a variety of examples from cooking to ping-pong to art/craft projects that sound really fun as well as have a real purpose too. The other neat thing is that each team building project lists the purpose, group size, level of team building, supplies, the amount of time and a description. Even if you never went to summer camp or did any team building exercises in college - you could read this book and go out and have success. It's written more, I think, for the small to mid-size business with 3-10 employees. I'd give it a 5 for thoroughness. Very well organized! I think this would not only work for businesses, but it's a great book for Boy or Girl Scouts, college sororities, book clubs, camps and camp counselors. Anyone who works with teams - be it little league, school sports - it's a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    A Must Have for Every Office!

    Do you wish your employees would start to trust one another and work as a team? Well you¿re in luck because 365 Low Or No Cost Workplace Team Building Activities by John N. Peragine, Jr. is an engaging book that not only includes 150 communication activities and 118 self esteem & self discovery activities, but also provides practical advice for problem solving. This book gives specific examples ¿ including real life cases of activities that did not work out - and discusses topics like time management, communication, venues and group size and it doesn¿t miss any detail -including lunch. It tells you directly which leadership qualities work best to inspire and motivate your team while gaining loyalty. John N. Peragine, Jr. uses his personal experience in the music industry to draw analogies that the reader can easily understand the team leader is the conductor, the employees are the musicians, and together they work effectively as an ensemble. This is a very practical hands-on book - for both employers and employees - that should be in every office.

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