Hard Rock Hotel, Penang – great getaway for a team building session!

“Batu Feringghi, one of the most popular destinations in Asia and home of the first Hard Rock Hotel in Penang, is characterized by its miles of white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Situated on the northwest peninsula of Malaysia, Batu Feringghi, often hailed as the “Pearl of the Orient,” is just a 45 minute drive from Penang’s international airport and 30 minutes from historic Georgetown” – Hard Rock Hotel, Penang’s website

I could not have said it better myself, of Batu Feringghi, the are in Penang where Hard Rock Hotel, Penang is located at. Anergy had the privilege of hosting a team building event for our client at the hotel. In just about 3 hours, we found ourselves from Changi Aiport Singapore and through the streets of Penang and arriving in front of the towering signature Peavey guitar, a classic Hard Rock symbol adorning the entrance of the hotel.

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The hotel exudes a rock ‘n’ roll charm that is uniquely Hard Rock, every corner you turn might find you facing music legends and their memorabilia. Thoughtful to make this truly a rockin’ experience, their hotel rooms are fun to stay in with surprises from their amenities and music legend posters! This experience extends even to corporate meetings, and whether you’re planning a serious work conference, or a relaxing team bonding retreat, Hard Rock Hotel is a place to consider, with 3 meeting rooms, a non-conventional ballroom and a dedicated team of meeting planners on hand to make sure your stay and meeting receive Rock Star treatment and have everyone else talking about it after it’s ended.

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Team building activities, both indoors and outdoors, fit easily within the venue, as we did our Synergy Race program within the entire resort, spanning from the beach located just outside of the hotel, to various indoor and outdoor spots. The next time we get there, we could incorporate a little sight-seeing element in our team building programs around Batu Ferringhi. During our breaks, our team ventured nearby and found the popular “night market” attracting local and tourists alike with their local wares, and food stuffs.

Our team enjoyed our time there with our clients and soaking in the idyllic atmosphere of Penang, and a few extra bowls of Penang laksa and prawn wee wouldn’t hurt either!

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Hard Rock Hotel, Penang is an excellent hotel for your team building needs, if you can’t wait to be treated like a Rock Star.

Hotel Re! – a themed hotel great for team building!

Hotel Re! – Meeting venue in Central Singapore

If you’re looking for a team building venue, that’s central, modern and with a fun twist, Hotel Re! a modern retro boutique hotel set at the base of Pearl’s hill, is a stone’s throw away from popular districts such as Chinatown, Clarke Quay and Orchard Road.

Fitted with theme hotel rooms, this makes a great offsite venue for a team building retreat. The theme runs throughout the hotel to their meeting rooms. From a ballroom that’s set in the lush outdoors, to intimate meeting rooms, Hotel Re! offers plenty of choices whether you have a small sized meeting or an event where everyone in the company is involved.

As our team building activities are usually games & fun activities, a venue like Hotel Re! play up the playful spirit of games, and team bonding with their bold colours on walls and furniture.

The meeting spaces require only a minimum of 10 pax, and can accommodate up to 200 pax in their ball room. Big and small places are both great for team building!

Seminar packages rates start from S$48++ for half-day and $68++ for full day

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Address: 175A Chin Swee Road Singapore 169879. Contact: +65 6827 8255

Disneyland Resort – Hong Kong

At Anergy Fun Engineers, we engineer fun, and are always on the lookout for ideas that will contribute to the fun factor. One of the factor would be environment, and over the years, we have come across various places that we think would make a good team building venue.

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Disneyland. The brand itself needs little introduction. Magical moments found in children’s (and sometimes, grown-ups) dreams are made into reality at this theme park. Only at 5 major locations in the world, this theme park is the epitome of fantasy, magic and family-fun thrills!  We at änergy, have had the privileged of conducting team building activities within Disneyland, Hong Kong and the surrounding resort.

Comprising of a the theme park, 2 hotels, Disneyland Hong Kong is conveniently located in Lantau Island of Hong Kong and is accessible via the dedicated MTR (Hong Kong’s public rail system) Disneyland Resort line, and public buses, coaches and cars. Disneyland Hong Kong makes an ideal location for team building, due to the vast number of attractions and meeting facilities within the hotel and resort.

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For companies who are thinking of a stay-in retreat, the Disneyland Hotel and Hollywood Hotel provide plenty of choices for rooms and meeting facilities. The coordinators from the hotel are on hand to advice on how to make your meeting an impactful and successful one. You can even arrange for a specially themed meeting! A short walk away brings you to Disneyland Park itself, and it would be a treat for you and your colleagues to spend a day in child-like wonder and taking in the sights of walking through the streets of Disneyland, where you might find Mickey and his friends making an appearance. You may ask, what sort of team building activities can be done there?  We have conducted our flagship Synergy Race within the surrounding grounds of Disneyland Hotel & the theme park, and indoor programs are easily done within the function rooms of the hotels.

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Some of the locations are ideal for our laser shootout activities, and we have seen working adults battling it out in fun combat, set within a fantasy landscape.

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Do drop us an a note to find out more at enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom!

How to Plan a Team Building Event

Over the years, team building activities has been on a rise and more and more corporate companies are seeing the benefits of bringing a team together to bond, mull over common objectives and have a sense of togetherness as they strive towards their goals.

In the previous posts, we have listed down ideas, venues and some of the team building activities that are incorporated into a team building session. In this post, to help you plan for a team building program, we’d like to list down some pointers, as a form of a checklist to help you along. You may have gone through many years of team building sessions, or it may be the first time you’re planning for one, but we think it’s a good idea to  go through some mandatory pointers in the form of the 5 Ws and 1 H, but we’ll ask them in this order,

  1. Why
  2. Who
  3. When 
  4. Where 
  5. What
  6. How

1) Why – Setting objectives

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The birth of a company team building program starts off with the question Why. Why do you want a team building session? Why is there a need? There are various reasons for a team building session, which ranges between “just for fun team bonding”, to “resolving conflict” and everything in between from “addressing change management” to “improve communication”, and we have also assisted groups in conceiving their company’s mission and vision statements, and formulating core values together with the management team.

Know the reasons behind the cause for a team building session, be it a celebratory gathering to reward the team for the past months achievements, or a platform to bring across a point of improvement, the team building session would be a meaningful one having met it’s objectives.

2) Who – Who are the participants?

Whether you come from a large Multi-National Company (MNC) with various departments, or a SME with a growing number of employees, or a small local business, the common denominator in all businesses is that they’re run by human resources!. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, an American online store acquired by Amazon, has much to say about happy employees resulting in happy customers and in turn, making a better brand out of your company. You can take a look at an interview by Time magazine with Mr Hsieh on Youtube.

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Company team building, of course, takes time, and in some companies where daily production is required, stopping production for a period of time might not be wise, but rather, team building in teams or departments might be a more feasible option. We have done team building sessions for an entire company, and more commonly, on a department by department basis.

Take a look at the various departments, managerial team that make up the company, and make an assessment if a team building session would be helpful. More often than not, the answer is yes.

Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can’t deliver good service from unhappy employees.- Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

3) When – Fixing a date

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There are many phases a company goes through in a year, and different departments have different deadlines to meet. For example, the Finance department may be the busiest during year-end or March/April when the financial year closes, the Sales team may have a certain month to close, and it may seem difficult to plan a common date, but we have seen it happen where various departments compromise on their own deadlines and schedules to meet together for a greater purpose in building the team up.

One of the learning values that come out of team building is little reminders that though each department is uniquely different, we help teams realize that they ultimately represent the same company, so a give-and-take approach especially in scheduling time to meet is a good start to experiencing that.

Fridays are popular days, to have an “off” day and carry out a team building session. The weekend after would set the mood and quickly relax the participants and get them to enjoy the day better. Sessions can range from a half day where it starts either from morning till lunch, or after lunch till evening, or an entire day from morning till evening. We believe in “replacing” a typical work day with a team building session, rather than having the workers fork out an extra day from their off days to gather, as a form of reward. Sometimes, team building sessions are part of many days-long conferences, and question most people ask if the session is to be held before or after the conference. A kick-off team building session can set the tone for the days of formal meetings ahead, and a closing team building session can wrap-up and bring the team back together after having gone through a week of meetings. Opinions differ, and we’re open to discuss about this with you.

If the budget allows, you might want to consider having an overseas retreat. We have gone to neighbouring places like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and our Hong Kong office have explored parts of Hong Kong and China as requested by our clients.

4) Where – Deciding on the location

A company team building event can take place anywhere, from within the office premise, an outdoor park, a hotel function room, a club house. These are matter of preferences, and once the deciding committee comes to a consensus, there are various venues to consider right here in Singapore, or if you’d like, overseas.

Many hotels and club houses, are equipped to cater for business meetings and seminars. Most of them know the importance of such meetings and have dedicated Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) teams to assist groups on their needs.

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You can check out some suggested venues listed in this blog here :

http://www.singaporeteambuilding.com/blog/category/team-building/team-building-venues/

5) What – What kind of activities? What to include?

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Now that you have decided that you want a team building session for your group, now what? What do you expect? And what is there to do?

This is a matter of suitability, preferences and feasibility. As much as we hope that everyone is able to enjoy the same activities, we also know that people are wired differently. Decide on the non-negotiables, for example, the objectives of the team building, and the rest can be tweaked along, after giving much thought and some compromising on everyone’s part.

  • Would an outdoor program fit the majority?
  • What if it rains?
  • What is the physical fitness of the general group, would something sporty or low-key be better?
  • Any special-aided participants involved?
  • Should we cater for meals?
  • Should there be a dinner gathering?
  • How are people going to get to the venue? Do we provide transport for them?

These are some of the questions that you may want to ask as you decide on the type of programs. Anergy has list of programs that have been designed so that the majority of the group, if not all, is able to participate and enjoy the activities together.

6) How – How to get this going?

Planning a team building session is not an easy process, which is why, anergy fun engineers are dedicated specialists in providing services just for your team building needs.

Of course, there is much fulfillment in the creation of your own team building activities, from start to end, but we understand the constraints of ideas, and limitations as there are primary job functions which you need to fulfill on a daily basis.

If you’re toying with the idea of a team building session, but don’t know where to start, do drop us a note at enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom and our friendly team building specialists are on hand to assist you.

We wish you all the best in your upcoming team building session!

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Cross-Boarders – Dealing With People

Some games never grow old. Remember the classic game of Monopoly? That is one age-old game that has spanned across generations and into many variations for young, old and cartoon enthusiasts, and even a Singapore version! Well, this shows that board games are highly favored by children and adults alike.

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As team building specialists, we believe in the use of games, and in our years of “playing”, we discovered a highly interesting board game. While we were playing it leisurely, we realized its potential as a team building game, as it comprises of different elements and many twists! The game is similar to Monopoly in that it’s a board game, otherwise, the whole game requires a lot more energy, wit and movement. It involves closing of deals, and a lot of interaction among the players involved to get that deal that you want. The twist is that anyone, at any point, can  take over in leading that round, and that changes the dynamics suddenly, introducing lots of thrills and bargaining, and laughter! This board game encourages players to form alliances, or allow them to bargain aggressively (after all, it’s just a game!), as each player strives to bring in the highest earnings from the deals.

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learning values

  • taking initiative to get involved
  • taking care of less vocal colleagues
  • being fair in our dealings
  • to give and take in a team environment
  • the importance of building trust

The game usually starts off with everyone seated, but about 5 minutes into the game, it is normal for the players to be standing up (possibly, to show more determination to win the deals), and walking around.

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This game is good for a min of 3 pax to as large a group of 100 pax at the same time. It is useful to show how each individuals work with each other in a fun, non-threatening board game.

Want to know more? Do drop us a note today at enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom

Multi-builder

You must have seen many team building websites with pictures of structures constructed with straws and wondered how it is possible to build something strong and sturdy out from those skinny plastic tubes. I will not tell you how to do it but I will share with you my experience.

Having once played the role of a participant, I questioned the task given to us. We were given a few materials in limited quantity and were told to build the tallest possible structure and a strongest possible tower. Looking at the two packets of plastic straws and the strip of 3-metre long tape on the table, our minds went blank. But due to time constraint (we only had one hour!), we had to quickly brainstorm on ideas and sketched out a few structures. The structures looked so pretty and ideal on paper but building them seemed like an impossible task.

After some time spent taping and connecting of the straws, we finally got two structures standing tall and strong, but not the tallest yet. This achievement took longer than expected. Reason being, during the course of the construction, new tasks were thrown to us, causing us to re-strategise and we had to re-calibrate each team mate’s responsibilities. The remaining time was spent attaching more straws to the structure that was meant to compete in terms of height, in an attempt to make it the tallest. When time was up, we quickly did some touching up and stood beside our exhibits, awaiting the judges’ arrival.

Through builder, I learnt the importance of team effort to achieve common goals. Planning allows proper delegation of duties and allocation of resources. Communication ensures that work is done correctly and efficiently. It also helps us to achieve the goal more easily with the input of one another. With documentation, information can be shared and relayed to one another. Most importantly, there was a lot of encouragement involved. Without a team, the seemingly possible task would not have been possible.

Multi-builder is an activity which is highly customisable, suitable for all sorts of team bonding purposes. We can tweak the game by further limiting the given materials, encouraging sharing among the teams or delegating the role of leader to the more passive team mates. You will be surprised to see how your colleague rises up in times of challenge. If you’re looking for a session of ice breaking or team bonding and have only two hours to spare, why not drop us an enquiry! This activity is suitable for group sizes up to 200 pax. No worries about the venue, as it is very mobile. All you need is a clearing space and a group of people who are up for a challenging task!

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Paramount Conquest – indoor team building activity

Right here in sunny Singapore, oh wait, make that rainy, oh wait, well.. you get what I mean. As the weather fluctuates between hot & wet and pretty much it in our tropical island, we have had many requests for team building activities that can be held indoors, and yet active enough to get participants on their feet. We at änergy understand this need and we’d like to cater to that need and meet your objectives of a fruitful team building activities session with learning values to take away.

Let me introduce Paramount Conquest, which is our best-selling indoor team building program. Our senior trainer developed this game to involve everyone with a few objectives in mind. This game may be done indoors, but it is a fast-paced decision making game that has roles for everyone to fill, and participate. In a nutshell, this game simulates a mountaineering expedition to the top of the mountain, which we call Mount Olympus, and to get back to the base within the stipulate time frame (survival time frame we call it), with as much money collected at the top of the mountain.

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Within the game, there are various obstacles that the mountaineers have to brave, such as different daily weather, bandits and managing their own resources that will sustain them through the expedition. Elements of chance, prudent planning and team dynamics come into play on this exhilarating journey. the winning team is determined by the amount of resources harvested at the end of the journey – that is, if they manage to make it back in time! As part of the game, there will be surprises thrown in to thwart the team’s initial planning, but we have facilitators on hand to keep the team on the move and to assist any doubts the team might have.

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After conducting this activity over the past 10 years, our facilitators and trainer have anticipated all kind of responses and team dynamics, and we’re pleased to say that this is one activity that is suitable for all genre of people and age groups and I personally would recommend this game if you have not tried it yourself. We have customised this activity for a certain cosmetic company, and instead of “cash”, the objective was to collect pearls. Do let us know if you have specific objectives, and we can help to tweak the game to fit you perfectly.

At the end of the activity, a debrief will be conducted for all the teams to expound on the learning points behind the game

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learning values:

  • planning is vital for success   
  • importance of time management and optimal resource allocation
  • every team member plays a crucial role, and teamwork is vital in order to advance
  • delegation is essential to be effective
  • members should learn to take initiative, be proactive and be able to cover each other’s duties
  • heeding the advice of predecessors

Do talk to us to find out more at enquiryATsingaporeteambuildingDOTcom today!

Affordable Team Building Venues in Singapore

We understand the need for a conducive venue to host your team building event, and have continue to source for suitable venues that will be useful for these sessions. In this post, we will talk about affordable teambuilding venues in Singapore. The following seminar packages are priced between S$56++ to S$68++ per pax for full day options.

1) Bottle Tree Park, Yishun

Located in the northern part of Singapore, the unique Bottle Tree Park in Yishun is not only home to the unique bottle-like trees and other exotic plants which are specially imported from Australia, but it’s truly a haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Combining nature & recreation, this park provides a mini getaway for anyone who wants to be surrounded by nature and be offered the choice to be occupied with activities. The nearest MRT is Khatib, and is just a 15 mins walk away.

This would be an ideal venue for a corporate retreat to run team building activities, as they have catered space for such functions. For a group size of min 30 pax to a max of 70 pax, the Bottle Tree Park in Yishun is one place you can consider.

Seminar packages rates are at S$39++ for half-day and $56++ for full day.

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Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu (Yishun) Singapore 769198. Contact: +65 6759-5771

2) NTUC, Downtown East, Pasir Ris

Another retreat venue away from the city is hidden at the eastern side of Singapore. NTUC, Downtown East in Pasir Ris is host to numerous recreational activities, such as bowling, chalets, Wild Wild Wet & the Escape Theme Park. Not only that, it also provides function space for corpoate events, such as meetings, seminars and team building events.

For companies who want to incorporate an overnight retreat an at affordable venue, NTUC, Downtown East in Pasir Ris is definitely one choice to think about. The venue is able to host a min of 15 pax to a max of 300 pax at the premise for a team building function.

Seminar packages rates are at S$48++ for half-day and $56++ for full day.

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Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore 519599. Contact: +65 6589 1666

3) Keppel Club

We’ve covered the northern, eastern part of Singapore, and now it’s time to move to the southern part of Singapore. Located near the popular Sentosa island, Keppel Club is a golf and social club who provides exclusive membership to their activities. However, members of public get to enjoy their function space as they cater meeting rooms to use for team building activities. Peony Jade restaurant, a highly acclaimed Chinese restaurant is located within its premises and is a choice venue for corporate dinner gatherings after a team building session.

One of their promise is to provide an environment that is cosy, friendly and fun, so do check them out if you’re looking for something in the area. They can host a minimum of 10 pax and a maximum of 200 pax for a team building session.

Seminar packages rates are at S$55++ for half-day and $65++ for full day.

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Address: Bukit Chermin Road Singapore 109918. Contact: +65 6375 5567/68

10th Anniversary Promotion On Full Day Pacakges

In Celebration of our 10th Anniversary, we are offerring 10% off all full day team building packages for bookings on weekdays (except Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays).

On top of that, all charitable orgainsations and non-profit organisations stand to receive additional 10% discount if they take up any of our full day team building packages on the weekdays stipulated above.

If you need to have a team building session for your staff really soon and do not have the funds to do it yet, we may be able to provide greater discounts, deferred payments or even free team building service. We will need some information from you to justify your request. Do read this post to find out more:

Free Team Building By Professionals

To be eligible for the 10th Anniversary Promotion, all you have to do is to write to us with the password, “10th Anniversary Promotion” using our web enquiry form below:

Contact Anergy Team 

Indoor Team Building in Sanya

You should know by now, that Sanya is the only tropical coastal tourist city in China. The city is becoming well known as the place of sun, sea, beautiful beaches, warm climate, hot springs and a host of other ideal tourist features. Sanya enjoys warm weather and sunshine year-round and unobstructed views of the South China Sea.

What’s the best thing to do in Sanya? It is to relax. Yalong Bay is a major tourist beach located east of Sanya City. Regarded as the best beach in Hainan Province, many internationally-operated hotels have been constructed in Yalong Bay.

Early last year, we had an event at Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa, one of the most premier beach resort in the vicinity. Are we going to talk about the beauitful beach or the friendly hotel staff who welcomed us with surprise souvenir seashell necklaces? Not in this entry. Since we have already mentioned the outdoor activities that can be conducted at overseas venues, let’s now talk about the indoor activities! We’ll show you, life can be as fun without the sun, sea and sand!

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Participants were grouped into teams and sat at their respective round tables, eagerly waiting for instructions. Most of them did not know what was going to take place during the next two hours. Upon hearing that it is going to be a game show and “money” can be earned, the energy levels of the seated working adults surge. The boisterous crowd quietened down when instructions were flashed on the screen, and paid fuller attention, noting down the instructional content.

What was the first question going to be? Everyone waited in excitement and stared intently at the screen. There you go, first question – a test on sense of smell! Boxes containing unknown “objects” were being passed around,  in a neat order, so that everyone at the table would get a chance to decipher the identity of the smell.  No loud discussions were heard, in fear of being overhead by the “competitors” at the other tables. When answers were confirmed through whispers, the teams wrote down their answers and flashed the whiteboards confidently. After 35 questions, which test the logical, mathematical, artistic, kinesthetic and linguistic skills of the participants, the highest score was announced! Without a doubt, the team which held the most amount of “money” was the ultimate winner. It was really a fun and engaging day!

This game show-style team building activity is adapted from Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligence. engage learners so we can get serious messages across. It aims to bring out the fact that multiple learning styles exist and many different approaches can be taken to ensure that your team mates are learning deeply. For instance, if you are making a presentation via Microsoft PowerPoint, which has strong emphasis on linguistic and spacial learning, it might not suit people who are kinesthetic learners.

This activity emphasizes the fact that people are all intelligent in different areas, and also helps develop mutual respect among participants, which is a crucial ingredient of teamwork. If you’re looking at an activity which promotes team work and healthy competition, topped up with light-hearted atmosphere and 100% entertainment value, this is the game for you! It is able support group sizes of up to 300 pax and is ideal for ice-breaking, dinner & dance and team bonding purposes! If you aren’t convinced, please feel free to email us at enquiry@singaporeteambuilding.com! And no, we will not reveal the quiz questions.

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