At our culinary, highly rated cooking school our motto is “we don’t teach recipes, you learn cooking techniques”. Similarly, we don’t provide cookery instruction; instead we provide a welcoming and informative experience that through the process of cooking and sharing delicious food together developing professional relationships, encourages team spirit and enhances employee cooperation and high productivity
Tea Building vs. Team Recreation
1. The terms “team building” and “team recreation” are NOT interchangeable and we it is important to understand the differences.
Team building seeks to foster team cooperation aimed at personal and group improved performance. In team building activities, a facilitator (could be our chef/instructor or your personnel) guides teams through the pre phases of team development often described as forming, storming, norming, and performing (these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for the team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to deliver results)
By having your team building activity off-site, personnel can relax and often find a new environment stimulating and rewarding. By taking people off site they are more relaxed and comfortable with each other leading to enhanced communication back at the work place.
Many team building sessions involve recreation, however, recreation is a means to an end, not the end. Let’s be clear. Team building isn’t paintball, rock climbing, drumming, bowling, cooking, or going out for drinks or dinner. That’s team recreation.
Yes, team building can include recreational activities but a recreational activity is not the same thing as team building. Just because a group gets together and engages in an activity that is “fun”, does not make the activity “team building”.
Team Entertainment or Corporate Events
This is strictly for pleasure. It could be an active pursuit such as an Improv night with audience participation or something more passive like a dinner, concert or even dinner theatre.
If you want entertainment or recreation, then that is what you should call it. Why try to pass it off as “team building”?
There is a place for team socials and recreational corporate events but they should never be confused with or used as a substitute for team building.
Executive Oasis International