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Team Building Is The Most Important Investment You'll Make

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MATeam building events have a bad rap. In most companies when a supervisor says, “We’re going to do some team building!” employees start re-running old episodes of The Office. It’s one thing to see it on TV, but getting a real-life taste of your manager mimicking Steve Carell’s insanely-awkward-try-hard leadership style just isn’t as funny.

In fact, team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building activities for work means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line. It can also be adventurous and enjoyable if you do it with a little pizzazz.

O2E Brands has earned a spot as one of the country’s best places to work and team building is a big part of that. Here are the ground rules that apply when it comes to planning activities for your people.

Don’t force the corporate stuff

The most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office. Activities that overtly aim to draw in leadership lessons or practical takeaways are less powerful. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.

Ditch the company picnic

It turns out that happiness and learning are tied very closely together. Trying new things with your staff can generate good vibes among employees, which in turn benefits the business itself. Choosing something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage them to come together in new ways.

One of the team members was afraid of heights - and had always hoped to conquer that fear - O2E Brands took the whole crew to the country’s longest zip line. Being thrust into a thrilling situation, 600 feet above helped everyone gel that day.

It’s not a splurge - it’s an investment.

A few years ago, O2E took the top-performing franchise partners NASCAR racing. It wasn’t a fortune at $350 per person, but it was still a sizeable chunk of change for a growing company. At the end of the day, it was a totally worthwhile investment. The team felt appreciated. The experience - screeching around a track at more than 145 miles per hour - was absolutely unforgettable and everyone felt like champions.

The point? This stuff isn’t fluff. You don’t have to bet the farm on fancy, expensive trips or experiences, but don’t skimp either. Be willing to make a real investment.

Keep that positive energy going at the office

Most team-building falls flat because it’s a one-time activity - done and then forgotten. It’s key to find ways to keep the excitement going. The challenge is creating opportunities for people to connect and interact in meaningful ways, outside of regular meetings or presentations.

How do you know you’ve gotten team building right? If there was laughter, a sense of excitement and accomplishment, and maybe a few Instagram moments, you’re definitely on the right track!

For more information on corporate team building events at the FieldHouse in Sudbury, contact us.

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The FieldHouse in Sudbury has New Graffiti

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Painted by Problak Art, our latest mural rivals our original graffiti wall art. Problak Art was founded by Rob “Problak” Gibbs who grew up in Roxbury, MA. From a young age, he had a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston with graffiti art - an art form that is frequently overlooked, under-valued and misunderstood. The concept that a picture is worth an infinite amount of words inspired Rob and provided him with the opportunity to take ownership of one of our culture’s modern hieroglyphics: graffiti. He developed a vision of beautifying Boston purely by instinct, experiencing his “calling” as a young man, a child of the HipHop golden age. The need to place social consciousness in HipHop culture is a driving force behind Problak’s creativity.

Lee Soem was the leader of this project and Rob’s partner. He met Rob around the age of 15 and has been working with him for about a decade now. Rob was also Soems’ mentor at Artists for Humanity. "SOEMS" An unofficial word used in American culture, but not noticed or acknowledged. So, em... What's happening tonight? An intro to a statement or question to be asked. Used by all but not seen or recognized, “SOEM” the Boston based graffiti artist relates to that all too well by doing graffiti, and expressing himself through the styles and variations of letters crafted. From doing full scale detailed murals, to painting personal graffiti in abandoned areas, all the way down to doing his name carefully composed on stickers. SOEM enjoys being in plain sight but not immediately recognized.

The work of Rob Gibbs and Lee Soem impels the viewer to allow imagination to become a playground for testing boundaries and breaking rules. Rob is a painter, muralist and graffiti artist who was one of six urban teens to co-found the non-profit youth development organization, Artists For Humanity (AFH) in 1991. Through this innovative non-profit organization, he has been blessed with a career in the arts that has spanned decades and has been able to work as a mentor to young people in the creative process. Rob applies his experiences and efforts to expand into neighboring communities, sharing the proven youth development model of arts and entrepreneurship training. Both Rob and Lee were thrilled to work on another project at the Fieldhouse and believe that they shined a light on what makes the Fieldhouse a special place for athletes and families alike. Come down and see their beautiful creation and imagine for yourself what it all means....

Corporate Team Building Activities to Start the New Year

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 15, 2018

Are you looking for ways to improve FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAyour team culture for the New Year? The Leader’s Institute has found that corporate team building activities help build a purposeful team culture within your organization, so why not include a workshop in your annual kick-off meeting? One of the reasons companies have offsite team meetings is to not only share and gather information but also to improve their team culture by giving people “face time.

In today’s economy everybody has to learn to do more with less. What happens when we have limited resources? How do limited resources impact our relationships and integrity? Teams can learn to think creatively through corporate team building events. Oftentimes in team building workshops, participants are given a series of creative challenges and problem solving activities. What they realize is just because they’ve always done something a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the way they should continue to do it. To not only survive, but thrive we need to do things differently to get better results. Rather than looking for what’s not working – ask what’s possible. This releases creativity and attracts those who care and are committed to making it happen.

Team Building workshops are a great opportunity for your team to get to know each other through interactive team building activities. You can build camaraderie with interactive sessions because when we are connected to each other, we participate. When we have trust, we take risks. When we care, we are willing to go the extra mile. Collaboration and creativity start when we begin to know each other as human beings, not just roles or titles.

So if you want to improve your team culture, start with an offsite meeting by learning to think creatively and be resourceful, and building camaraderie with interactive sessions. Your team will discover together what it cares about and set your company up for a successful new year.

For more information on corporate team building events at the FieldHouse, please contact us.

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Start the Year Fit and Healthy! Head to The FieldHouse

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 09, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAThe long holidays are over and, if you are like the rest of us, you may have gained weight in the past few weeks from non-stop feasting. Let the New Year motivate you to make a fresh start towards a healthier you. Start by hitting the gym and joining a fitness program that suits you.

If you want to achieve your fitness resolution, our personal trainers can assist you achieve your weight loss goals. We will assess your current fitness status and help you plan realistic fitness goals for 2018. In fact, your trainer will create a specific workout routine that will meet your needs, help you stay motivated and show measurable results. Instead of just going to the gym without an idea of where to start, make use of a professional trainer to guide you every step of the way.

Don’t let your fitness resolution list remain a pipe dream on a piece of paper. Head to the gym and turn them into reality. Contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury, our personal trainers will help you get in shape in no time.

Tips to Achieve Your New Year's Fitness Goals

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 08, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAIt's that time of year again...time to focus on your New Year's resolutions. Many people begin an exercise program, but abandon it before Easter. However, you can increase your chances for long-term success if you follow these five simple tips to achieve your fitness goals.

Determine Your Readiness

Make sure you're both physically and mentally ready to start an exercise program. Tell your doctor you want to begin a fitness regimen and you want to make sure you're healthy enough to start. Once you have been physically cleared to proceed, consider your mental readiness. How likely are you to stick with an exercise program once you begin? While there are many factors to consider, three are most significant.

You are more likely to succeed if you:

  • Have confidence in your exercise ability.
  • Receive encouragement and support from those closest to you.
  • Participate in an enjoyable form of exercise.

Create a Plan

Before you start your exercise program, answer three questions. First, when will you exercise? Identify three days and times that are convenient for you and stick with those days so you are working out at the same time each week. Second, what type of exercise will you do? The best type of exercise is one you enjoy. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing; pick an exercise that works for you. Choose from activities such as walking, cycling, running, strength training, dancing, boxing, tennis and basketball. Third, how much time will you spend exercising? Start with as little as 10 minutes per session and slowly build up to at least 30 minutes per workout.

Bring a Friend

You may know someone who resolved to start exercising in the New Year. Begin your fitness journey together. It will increase your chances for success and you'll have more fun. For this to work, you have to find an exercise that both of you enjoy. This might be a challenge, but it's worth it since an exercise partner provides you with a support system, a positive social experience and inspiration. There will be times when you don't feel like working out and a partner can be just the motivation you need to get going.

Take It Easy

Think of your resolution as a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle. You are much more likely to be successful if you take it easy at the beginning. For instance, you may see people exercising at a very high intensity, but you should start with low-to-moderate intensity workouts. You may know people who train six days a week, but it's fine to start with three. You may see people engage in a diverse array of physical activities, but a 15-minute walk three days a week is a great place to begin.

Be Realistic

One of the biggest problems with New Year's resolutions is they can be extremely impractical. Setting goals is a great idea, but make sure they are realistic and feasible. For example, a goal to lose 12 lbs by Easter is both reasonable and achievable. So is a goal to complete a 5K run by tax day. Conversely, a goal to complete a marathon by that date is unrealistic and potentially unsafe for newbie runners. Think of it as if you were building a house. Start slow (i.e., low intensity and duration), develop a solid foundation of fitness and then build upon that foundation as your fitness improves.

For help achieving your fitness goals for the New Year, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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