Turi Beach Resort, Batam – a minute-away retreat

In less than an hour away from Singapore, Batam island has many resorts and serene locations ideal for a n offsite meeting or retreat. One of the more popular destinations for Singaporeans to have a quick getaway, Batam is also a choice destination for companies wanting a retreat that is overseas yet not too far away from home, and with a budget that won’t burst the pocket.

Turi Beach Batam, a boutique resort near Nongsapura ferry terminal, is made accessible when the resort’s shuttle service greets and picks you from the terminal into the beautiful lush reception of Turi Beach Resort. One of the few resorts in Batam to have unhindered views of the horizon in all of their hotel rooms, Turi Beach Resort boast of tranquil surroundings, chic wooden furniture against minimalist white walls. At your own free time, you can venture out into the city, just 20 minutes away where good bargains on merchandise and local food can be found.

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Team building activities blend in easily at this resort, as there are various locations within meeting rooms for indoor programs, or green fields or the soft sandy beach for outdoor programs. When we went there with our client for their team building retreat, the event served as a retreat not just for our clients, but i would say for our team as well! This would be an ideal place for your team building retreat if you’re looking at a place that’s not too far away and a modern and chic resort as a treat for the company.

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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.

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