Team Building Activities For The 8 Types Of Company Cultures

Team building today has evolved from being merely a lubricant for icebreaking to a powerful tool, which leaders use to achieve more. Being leaders in the 21st century, they operate in a society that is increasingly vocal about the treatment of humanity. Hence, it is no wonder that companies are paying more attention to employee welfare and dedicating hours to cultivate their company culture as not doing so could be even more costly in the end!

Just last year, Harvard Business Review released research summarizing the eight distinct culture styles. Each of the eight styles falls within the following two domains: people interactions and response to change. People interactions measure whether the organization is oriented towards independence or interdependence. Response to change, measures whether the company tends towards stability or flexibility. From the different combination of pairings of how people interact and how people respond to change, researchers have categorised down to eight distinct culture styles.

Due to the variance, different team building activities are better suited to promote different culture styles. Hence, we will be explaining each of the eight culture styles and recommending the best 2 activities for each culture style!

 

1. Caring Culture

Relationships and mutual trust dominate caring cultures where employees are highly interdependent. These work environments tend to be warm, collaborative and welcoming with employees supporting each other as employees are also largely motivated by positive working relationships. Since they tend to be bonded as one, employees have a strong sense and are united by loyalty.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Cooking Class

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Cooking class is great for companies of the caring style or for companies that would like to shift towards the caring style. It is likely that your team consists of people of different skill level in the kitchen. But, that’s what makes it great! With different skill level, employees get to learn from and teach each other (this is especially true in our experience). This promotes mutual trust and deepens relationships, encouraging interdependence. Moreover, where mistakes are made, flexibility comes into play as people learn how to laugh it off and think of how best to resolve it.

We offer 4 kinds of cooking workshops: soup cooking, dessert cooking dim sum making and healthy cooking.

Price: From $50/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/cooking-class/

 

Dragon Boat

Dragon Boat

When people think of dragon boating, what comes to mind is the sheer intensity of the sport. Unless you are a fit bunch who enjoys adventure, most of us would agree that dragon boating does not sound like a lighthearted team building session.  However, that is precisely why it is great for promoting a caring culture. Not only does it require coordination among the employees paddling, but the force that eventually keeps the team going is also the support each gives and receives. Through this activity, employees get to build trust in each other as they get to know their colleagues better.

Price: From $45/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/dragon-boat/

 

2. Purpose Culture

Companies with the purpose culture usually uphold values that aim to better the world. For instance, employees would be united by a focus on sustainability and global communities and leaders emphasize shared ideals that contribute to a greater cause.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Terrarium Workshop

Terrarium Singapore

Terrarium workshop is not only eco-friendly but also very easy to maintain. That’s why it is great for employees from purpose style companies to build their own terrariums. The terrarium is a self-sustaining ecosystem that recycles the condensed water vapour from the soil and plants back into the soil. Hence, it is only during the workshop that you need to add water. Given its low-maintenance nature, it is perfect for employees who are busy. Lastly, employees would enjoy this workshop as it bears meaning to the sustainability movement rather than just being a regular teambuilding event.

Price: From $28/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/terrarium/

 

3. Learning Culture

If your company has a culture of learning style, the employees are usually united by curiosity. The people here love exploration and the work environment tends to be inventive and open-minded where new ideas and trial and errors are supported. Here, leaders are also knowledgeable and adventurous who support their team to be innovative.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Leather crafting workshop

Leather Client

Chances are, you probably have not tried leather crafting by hand before. Most of us today are not craftsman so this would be new and fresh to the employees in the learning style culture. Every employee in the workshop would get the opportunity to make their own leather craft by themselves and tinker using the tools. Employees can make a passport holder, cardholder, key holder, a hand pouch or be innovative with their ideas. This promotes creativity and the freedom to experiment, which the learning culture employees would appreciate.

Price: From $42/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/leather-workshop/

 

Candle making workshop

Candle Making

Another great workshop that promotes creativity and experimentation is the candle-making workshop. Here, employees would be able to customize the colour of their gel candles, decorate the figurines any way they want and get experimental with the base of the candle! During the workshop, employees also get to know more about the types of candles and what makes the gel one customizable. This would promote the learning culture well as there are many variations that can be created from the materials provided!

Price: From $35/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/candle-making-workshop/

 

4. Enjoyment Culture

The culture style of enjoyment is characterized by fun and excitement. Employees in such environments tend to be united by playfulness and stimulation, and are generally lighthearted and passionate about finding fulfilling work.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Bubble Bump

Bubble Bump Client

To complement the fun-loving nature of these employees, we highly recommend bubble bump! It is a soccer game in which you wear the inflatable bubble and bump the opposing teams away. There are several modes of games to choose from: Bubble Bump Invasion, Bubble Bump Zombie and many more. What makes this especially suitable for the enjoyment culture employees is the childlike fun they get to experience from this game.

Price: From $15/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/bubble-soccer/

 

 

Combat Archery

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Another full of adrenaline and youthful energy game is combat archery. Combat Archery Tag combines elements of paintball, dodgeball, and archery.  Employees are bound to get moving and stimulated as it is a fast-paced game. Choose from 3 gameplays: The Domination, The Revival, The Last King. During the game, employees get to strategize, work together and take on different roles of the game! Being a popular choice for birthday parties, this game is bound to fulfil the playfulness and excitement of the enjoyment culture employees.

Price: From $15/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/combat-archery-tag/

 

5. Results Culture

A company with the results culture style is the one that focuses on achievement and winning. Work environments are usually focused on the outcome and people aspire to perform the best. On the whole, the employees are united by a drive for capability and success and leaders emphasize goal accomplishment.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Poolball

Poolball Client

We recommend poolball because it is a game of pool and soccer! This unique blend makes the game challenging, as it would most likely be a first time experience for the employees. The game takes on the rules of both of the games; Employees act as the pool stick to hit the coloured balls into their goal as a team. Employees of the same team just have to get as many balls into the goal to win. The competitive nature of the game promotes the ideals of the results style culture where individual effort is important in achieving the final success.

Price: From $15/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/poolball/

 

 

Art Jamming

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Although art jamming is not competitive, there’s something about creating a painting everyone can be proud of that compels people to put in their best effort. In the group art jamming session, employees will be using all their canvases to create one collective painting. This helps to promote the results culture through the motivation to achieve a cohesive and winning final painting with employees putting in their best effort to make that happens.

Price: From $19/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/art-jamming/

 

6. Authority Culture

The authority culture is one where employees are united by strong control by the leaders. As a result, the employees tend to be competitive and are looking to get ahead of others. To them, personal advantage motivates them more than the success of the whole company.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Giant Board Games

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One game that suits the style of authority culture employees is giant board games! Being a life-sized version of these traditional board games: jenga, pick up sticks, UNO and aeroplane, they promote strong healthy competition among the employees as the wins and loses will be magnified! The rules of the game would resemble the rules of the company and employees have to outwit each other to emerge as the final winner.

Price: From $8/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/giant-board-games/

 

 

Ninja Tag

Ninja Tag

Ninja Tag is a close combat game that uses state of the art Ninja dagger! Employees would be duelling their colleagues and friends in exhilarating missions to emerge victoriously. Due to the competitive nature of the game and how ninjas do surprise attacks, it encourages employees to get ahead of each other within the rules of the game. This helps to promote competition and innovation in outdoing their colleagues as long as it is fair play. Choose from 3 types of games and may the best man win!

Price: From $15/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/ninja-tag/

 

7. Safety Culture

In the safety culture, the characteristics are planning, caution and preparedness. Employees unite through the ability to anticipate organizational changes. They are also advanced planners. Very seldom do they like volatile environments and are also rather risk-conscious.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

SaberFit

SaberFit

Since the employees would prefer an activity with a predictable flow, we recommend SaberFit. SaberFit is a high-energy group fitness class. Employees would use combat sabers to execute saber striking techniques to perform cardio, callisthenics and conditioning routines. Being the world’s only combat saber fitness routine, employees would be led by ACE certified instructors who developed the routine. As the routine has been executed numerous times, safety culture employees would appreciate the stability. Lastly, the instructors are also able to adjust the intensity of the workout to accommodate the employees!

Price: From $30/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/saberfit/

 

 

Escape Room

Escape Room

Packed with mystery and thrill, the escape room is a teambuilding activity that takes employees to a different world where they need to crack the code. Employees would be required to think strategically and use the clues to get out of the room before the time runs out! As another game with its flow set from the beginning, it would promote the safety culture since employees would not have to expect sudden unprecedented twists.

Price: From $20/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/escape-room/

 

8. Order Culture

In order cultures, you would realize that employees are united by cooperation. Generally, they are methodical and rule-abiding with the desire to fit in rather than stand out. In such organizations, leaders would emphasize shared procedures, customs and respect.

 

Best Team Building Activities for this style:

Laser Tag

Laser Tag Client

Laser Tag is a game that requires effective teamwork to win. Using state of the art laser guns, employees would have to strategize in their teams that promote cooperation among the employees. There are five games to choose from: The Domination, The Revival and Capture The Flag and more! Employees who prefer collective glory rather than the individual spotlight would enjoy these fun-packed games. Hence, we think that laser tag is a good match for order culture employees.

Price: From $15/pax

Websites: https://www.thefunempire.com/laser-tag/

 

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Saber Tag

Saber Tag

The first of its kind in Asia, Saber Tag makes use of combat sabers and proprietary electronic scoring vest technology. Employees can choose from the following games: Galaxy Wars, Battlestar Invasion and Defenders of the Galaxy. This would suit order culture employees, as employees have to strategize as a team and work together to win.

 

Price: From $15/pax

Website: https://www.thefunempire.com/saber-tag/

 

Can you identify which culture style your organisation or company resembles the most? For your next team building session, try one of the recommended activities for a better-suited experience to nurture your company culture! For more activities, read about our 50 Unique and Fun Team Building Games in Singapore For 2019!

 

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