It’s often said that a company is only as good as the people in it. Without cohesion, even the most innovative entrepreneurs can find that they aren’t fulfilling their potential. Team-building activities are a great way to bring your outfit together and break the ice, meaning that all those bright ideas don’t go unheard. Here are nine ideas to bring your group together with some novel team-building exercises in Hong Kong.
Why not ring in the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto by taking your team to one of the city’s latest attractions at Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park? Here you will find everything that is trampolining: from slack-lining to dodgeball. With over 7,000 square feet of inter-connected trampolines, Ryze is sure to help your start-up get off the ground. This arena has already made a name for itself by word of mouth alone, and is world’s away from your average in-office gathering.
For a more traditional approach to team sports, look no further than Thunderbowl in Hung Hom. One of Hong Kong’s few remaining traditional bowling alleys, this tried-and-tested sport is easily accessible, even for those with two left feet when it comes to sport. What’s more, their dual-lane VIP suite is the perfect opportunity to introduce some gentle competition into your budding enterprise.
If you fancy putting your body to the test, why not try rock climbing? The Da Verm gym in Sai Ying Pun offers a variety of climbing walls, accommodating experts and fledgling climbers alike, with guides on hand to ensure that health and safety aren’t an issue. They even have a range of outdoor options on the island, which is great if you happen to find that your team are particularly adept and want to up the ante.
A rather left-of-center option is the home-grown FreeingHK. Much like many game shows that you may recall from the early 90’s, the task sounds simple enough: escape the room. You’ll have a series of challenges and clues, with intricately designed scenarios to encourage the action-movie star in us all. FreeingHK has long catered for corporate events and with many locations dotted around Hong Kong, the “mission impossible” element becomes quite accessible.
On a more relaxed note, a Pub Quiz is a good way to allow a casual ambiance to soften the edges of a corporate occasion. Learn the true meaning of synergy in a stress-free atmosphere, particularly useful for expats who might yearn for the occasional twang of western culture. QuizNuts organize events most Monday nights via MeetUp.com.
If you’d rather a more eastern approach to an evening of group socializing, Karaoke has become an Asian staple. Be it garbled attempts to rap alongside the laughable music videos or discovering the next Adele among your teammates, karaoke rarely disappoints. It can be hard to choose from the plethora of venues, but Music Box offers attractive private rooms for a very affordable price in Causeway Bay.
Art-Jamming has become a fun and creative way for groups to explore their individuality and express themselves artistically. ART JAM HK provide easels, paints and tools in either of their two centers, with the aim of realizing the creativity or your group and breaking down barriers ‘in record time’. Working under a shared theme, you will be free to paint how you feel, with the result being a patchwork of experiences and ideas, showing the personality of your team.
Dialogue in the Dark
For a more intimate setting, try some sensory deprivation with Dialogue in the Dark. Stepping into an area of total darkness, you’ll depend on the voices of your team and you’ll need to cooperate in order to succeed in this new-age approach to breaking the ice. Instructed by guides who have visual impairments themselves, this is a unique opportunity to learn more about yourself and your start-up.
Team Building Asia have many team-building exercises with a focus on CSR. From bike building to community circuses, their array of event options cater for good publicity and responsible enterprise.
Joining a networking event is an obvious choice for Solopreneurs, but an alternative is to host your own. Affordable work-spaces such as 8080 space in Kwun Tong offer large venues with audio-visual options to kick-start your professional occasion. Planning your own event or cooperating with other start-ups can also be a lucrative venture for your upcoming company. Stay tuned to JumpStart, as we’ll be compiling a list of work-spaces and chambers of commerce in HK.
Whatever the angle of your start-up, team-building exercises are essential for bonding, finding out what motivates you and learning the characteristics of your business. The most important part of teamwork is communication and these events can really help to put your team on the same page.
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By Adrian O’Sullivan