The Science Behind a Great Corporate Event!

If you’re planning a corporate or team-building event, don’t leave success up to chance and don’t use trial-and-error to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Why? Because researchers have done the hard work for you.

Use the following noteworthy findings to help you plan a successful corporate or team building event. Everyone will have fun AND you’ll watch the benefits clocking in with you come Monday morning.

© Cat Laine
Some lovely ladies partying at Lang’s!  Photo: 2015 © Cat Laine.

Non-Work Communication—NOT a Waste of Time!
According to a study from MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory, a team’s success can be linked to how well they communicate outside of work topics: “With remarkable consistency, the data confirmed that communication plays a critical role in building successful teams. In fact, we’ve found patterns of communication to be the most important predictor of a team’s success.”

Non-work discussions increase respect and empathy among coworkers, the scientists at MIT say. And an event at the bowling alley easily invites informal and fun connections while your employees work as a team. They’ll be more likely to work together as people and help your company as a whole long after leaving the bowling alley.

Want to Innovate? Mix It Up!
In the office, friendships are bound to form within teams. But a study lead by researcher Doris Fay published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology found that multidisciplinary teams produce more innovation—that means office cliques and small subgroups are actually bad for generating new ideas.

At your next event, don’t let employees fall into the safety of their usual friend groups! Break up established cliques and department teams to foster new connections. When you pick bowling teams, mix up departments (finance, marketing, operations, etc.) and any smaller teams within those. You’ll help different people connect within the company and ultimately, create a work environment ripe for new ideas and innovation.

Face-to-Face—Not Just Fun, It’s Science!
In a 2012 study published by MIT lead researcher Alex “Sandy” Pentland in the Harvard Business Review, researchers identified aspects of communication that increased a team’s performance: the energy, engagement, and exploration teams used when communicating. By far, face-to-face exchanges were the most valuable way to boost team performance. On the other hand, email and texting had the least benefit.

According to this study, 35% of a team’s performance can be predicted by the amount of face-to-face interactions they have. If you employ remote teams or have a workforce out in the field, a corporate event at the bowling alley will give employees the face-to-face interaction they need to help ensure success.

Lang’s Bowlarama can give you the fun, face-to-face, mixed teams environment that build healthy, successful teams—and it’s a guarantee that every attendee will leave with a smile!

Ready to Experience Fun AND Success at Your Next Event?
Call 401-944-0500 and ask for Dayna! Prefer email? No problem, email!

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