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Making Team Building an Everyday Priority
Making Team Building an Everyday Priority
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If your team is experienced and hard-working but its performance has been "hit and miss". You may find the team has lost some of its energy and motivation and morale is beginning to drop. You can get people back on track by exploring some team-building strategies and activities. Team building is about providing bonding time that your people need so that they can work in harmony. But, to be truly effective, it needs to be a continual process, embedded in your team and business culture.

There's a place for one-off team-building exercises, but they need to have a clear purpose, such as improving a particular skill and must be well designed to avoid conflict. In this article, you can explore how to use team-building activities and exercises as part of an ongoing strategy for developing a strong and effective team.

Getting Started with Identifying Your Team’s Needs

The first and most important step when planning team building activities is to identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Start by asking questions to identify the root of any problems. 

  • Are there any conflicts within the team?
  • Do they need to know one another better?
  • Is poor communication affecting the team progress?
  • Do people need to learn to work together, instead of individually?
  • Does the group need a morale boost?

Making Team Building Part of Your Business

Regular team-building sessions are one way to strengthen the bonds within your team, but they are not a shortcut to success. Instead, you need to make team-building part of your team thinking. Think about the team-building potential of routine workplace activities. You can use the four strategies to develop your team’s strength, cohesiveness and effectiveness:

1. Get to Know Your Team

Your team is made up of people with different needs, ambitions and personalities. Getting to know your team, and helping them to get to know each other, can build a happy, trusting team.

Hosting an evening drink is an easy way to start to get your team members mixing and mingling. Attending social events such as cooking classes is a great way to build relationships. People will more likely to open up and reveal more of their personalities in a relaxed setting. We think sharing aspects of your personal life increases your likability, as it shows others that you can be an empathic, compassionate and authentic manager.

2. Work Toward a Common Goal

You can unite your team by inspiring them to get behind a shared vision or goal. Having an identified destination can prevent individuals from pulling in different directions, which is frustrating and ineffective. Creating a plan can provide your people with a written definition of the team’s purpose and goals. You can find strategies for bringing a team together to achieve a particular goal.

3. Develop Strong Team Skills

Your team needs to develop the right skills and competencies to achieve its goals. Developing stronger skill sets, and matching your people to the roles best suited to them, can result in a more able, more motivated team. Chances are, as more and more people work from home or remotely, you could find yourself managing a virtual workplace. It can be hard to get to know team members who have limited meeting face-to-face. Time zones and cultural differences can present challenges when considering team building activities or strategies for virtual teams. It is possible to stay in regular and effective communication with virtual team members, given the wide range of available online tools. However, the key to building an effective team lies more in how its members to meet face-to-face than in the technology they use.

TEAM BUILDING AT OTAO KITCHEN

Team building can only occur when relevant and timely activities that address specific needs are part of your business. One-off exercises can help with this, but they are not a shortcut to success. The purpose of team building activities is to motivate your people to work together, to develop their strengths, and to address any weaknesses. So, any team-building exercise should encourage collaboration rather than competition.

Be sure to incorporate team building into your workplace. For example, get to know your people better, work toward common goals, develop their skills, and make the extra effort to connect with your virtual team. In this way, you'll build a firm foundation of purpose and trust that you can add challenging events appropriately.

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How To Find Sydney's Best Venue For Function Room Hire and Good Food
How To Find Sydney's Best Venue For Function Room Hire and Good Food
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Planning a year of the event party in Sydney? Then one of the essentials you need is a great function room with good food. No matter how well-planned and grandiose your event is, if you don't choose the best function room, you'll end up ruining your efforts. Because a function room makes your guests feel special, sets the mood, and works as your event's backdrop, it's vital to find the best venue.

So to help you celebrate a magnificent event, here are ways on how you can find the best venue with superb food in Australia's capital city:

1. Know The Size Of Your Attendees

Before you go and hunt for the best venue, you must have a good grasp of your event, especially the number of expected guests. Although you have a number of the guests who have confirmed their attendance, you should overestimate. For instance, if your guest list says 120, then the venue should fit at least 180-200 people. This way, you can still have room for last-minute attendees as well as unexpected guests.

However, you shouldn't pick a venue that's too spacious. Not only will it give a feeling of emptiness, but your guests might think that many have decided not to come.

 2. Feel The Overall Ambience

After knowing the number of invitees and the size of the venue, you must visit the venue itself. Although you can decorate a function room, the structure, the exterior, and its interior, you still need to check the ambience of the venue personally.

On that note, if you host a corporate event, it's best to book event coordinators like Corporate Events by Deckhouse. Choosing the right ambience sets the mood of the event. On the other hand, if you book a function room with a vibe that doesn't go well with the event, it might contradict your event's goal.

3. Choose The Best Location

Since you have eliminated the function room hires that don't compliment your event, it's now time to choose the best location. Choose the wrong location, and many of your guests might not show up. But if you had a good location, chances are, your guests will love and give a thumbs up on your event.

To help you find the best location for your event, here are some factors you need to consider:

● If your attendees are local guests, then a venue located in the central part of Sydney may be perfect. That way, it's near their homes and even shopping centres where they can run their errands.

● If your event consists of attendees from out of town, Sydney East or South should be your choices. It's because of the famous beaches in these parts. Since they're not Sydney locals, your guests might extend their stay after your event to relax in some of the beaches.

● Lastly, and probably the most essential factor is the location's accessibility. Especially when your hosting in a traffic-prone area, maybe you can give your guests a ride to and from the airport. With such, you won't hassle your guests with the burden of looking for the best transportation to get to your venue.

4. Consider Their Amenities

The next is to know the function room's amenities. It's best if you choose the venue with a lot of amenities so you can focus on the event itself. Unlike with incomplete facilities, you might end up looking for stuff that your guests might need on the event itself.

For instance, your venue must have the following to consider signing a contract with them: 

●      AV Equipment - Instead of bringing your own audio-visual equipment, your venue should provide such. However, you must test the equipment's functionality to avoid interrupting the event with AV issues.

●      In-house Kitchen - One of the things that your guests will remember is the food during the event. That's why it's also vital to check what food do the function room cater to. Although they might have a mouth-watering menu, search on reviews whether they prepare food safely or do they comply with food sanitation.

●      Essentials - Choose a venue that provides linens, chairs, and tables during the event. With such, you can save a lot of effort and money getting these essentials. Also, the function room should have its own comfort rooms so your guests won't feel discomfort.

Conclusion

So if you want to host an event in Sydney, you should do it in the best function room possible. Not only will it keep your event meaningful but the function room suitable for your event can make your event memorable. That’s why you should follow the tips above if you want to locate the best venue for your upcoming event.

 

Planning a year of the event party in Sydney? Then one of the essentials you need is a great function room with good food. No matter how well-planned and grandiose your event is, if you don't choose the best function room, you'll end up ruining your efforts. Because a function room makes your guests feel special, sets the mood, and works as your event's backdrop, it's vital to find the best venue.

So to help you celebrate a magnificent event, here are ways on how you can find the best venue with superb food in Australia's capital city:

1. Know The Size Of Your Attendees

Before you go and hunt for the best venue, you must have a good grasp of your event, especially the number of expected guests. Although you have a number of the guests who have confirmed their attendance, you should overestimate. For instance, if your guest list says 120, then the venue should fit at least 180-200 people. This way, you can still have room for last-minute attendees as well as unexpected guests.

However, you shouldn't pick a venue that's too spacious. Not only will it give a feeling of emptiness, but your guests might think that many have decided not to come.

 2. Feel The Overall Ambience

After knowing the number of invitees and the size of the venue, you must visit the venue itself. Although you can decorate a function room, the structure, the exterior, and its interior, you still need to check the ambience of the venue personally.

On that note, if you host a corporate event, it's best to book event coordinators like Corporate Events by Deckhouse. Choosing the right ambience sets the mood of the event. On the other hand, if you book a function room with a vibe that doesn't go well with the event, it might contradict your event's goal.

3. Choose The Best Location

Since you have eliminated the function room hires that don't compliment your event, it's now time to choose the best location. Choose the wrong location, and many of your guests might not show up. But if you had a good location, chances are, your guests will love and give a thumbs up on your event.

To help you find the best location for your event, here are some factors you need to consider:

● If your attendees are local guests, then a venue located in the central part of Sydney may be perfect. That way, it's near their homes and even shopping centres where they can run their errands.

● If your event consists of attendees from out of town, Sydney East or South should be your choices. It's because of the famous beaches in these parts. Since they're not Sydney locals, your guests might extend their stay after your event to relax in some of the beaches.

● Lastly, and probably the most essential factor is the location's accessibility. Especially when your hosting in a traffic-prone area, maybe you can give your guests a ride to and from the airport. With such, you won't hassle your guests with the burden of looking for the best transportation to get to your venue.

4. Consider Their Amenities

The next is to know the function room's amenities. It's best if you choose the venue with a lot of amenities so you can focus on the event itself. Unlike with incomplete facilities, you might end up looking for stuff that your guests might need on the event itself.

For instance, your venue must have the following to consider signing a contract with them: 

●      AV Equipment - Instead of bringing your own audio-visual equipment, your venue should provide such. However, you must test the equipment's functionality to avoid interrupting the event with AV issues.

●      In-house Kitchen - One of the things that your guests will remember is the food during the event. That's why it's also vital to check what food do the function room cater to. Although they might have a mouth-watering menu, search on reviews whether they prepare food safely or do they comply with food sanitation.

●      Essentials - Choose a venue that provides linens, chairs, and tables during the event. With such, you can save a lot of effort and money getting these essentials. Also, the function room should have its own comfort rooms so your guests won't feel discomfort.

Conclusion

So if you want to host an event in Sydney, you should do it in the best function room possible. Not only will it keep your event meaningful but the function room suitable for your event can make your event memorable. That’s why you should follow the tips above if you want to locate the best venue for your upcoming event.

 

 

 

 

Planning a year of the event party in Sydney? Then one of the essentials you need is a great function room with good food. No matter how well-planned and grandiose your event is, if you don't choose the best function room, you'll end up ruining your efforts. Because a function room makes your guests feel special, sets the mood, and works as your event's backdrop, it's vital to find the best venue.

So to help you celebrate a magnificent event, here are ways on how you can find the best venue with superb food in Australia's capital city:

1. Know The Size Of Your Attendees

Before you go and hunt for the best venue, you must have a good grasp of your event, especially the number of expected guests. Although you have a number of the guests who have confirmed their attendance, you should overestimate. For instance, if your guest list says 120, then the venue should fit at least 180-200 people. This way, you can still have room for last-minute attendees as well as unexpected guests.

However, you shouldn't pick a venue that's too spacious. Not only will it give a feeling of emptiness, but your guests might think that many have decided not to come.

 2. Feel The Overall Ambience

After knowing the number of invitees and the size of the venue, you must visit the venue itself. Although you can decorate a function room, the structure, the exterior, and its interior, you still need to check the ambience of the venue personally.

On that note, if you host a corporate event, it's best to book event coordinators like Corporate Events by Deckhouse. Choosing the right ambience sets the mood of the event. On the other hand, if you book a function room with a vibe that doesn't go well with the event, it might contradict your event's goal.

3. Choose The Best Location

Since you have eliminated the function room hires that don't compliment your event, it's now time to choose the best location. Choose the wrong location, and many of your guests might not show up. But if you had a good location, chances are, your guests will love and give a thumbs up on your event.

To help you find the best location for your event, here are some factors you need to consider:

● If your attendees are local guests, then a venue located in the central part of Sydney may be perfect. That way, it's near their homes and even shopping centres where they can run their errands.

● If your event consists of attendees from out of town, Sydney East or South should be your choices. It's because of the famous beaches in these parts. Since they're not Sydney locals, your guests might extend their stay after your event to relax in some of the beaches.

● Lastly, and probably the most essential factor is the location's accessibility. Especially when your hosting in a traffic-prone area, maybe you can give your guests a ride to and from the airport. With such, you won't hassle your guests with the burden of looking for the best transportation to get to your venue.

4. Consider Their Amenities

The next is to know the function room's amenities. It's best if you choose the venue with a lot of amenities so you can focus on the event itself. Unlike with incomplete facilities, you might end up looking for stuff that your guests might need on the event itself.

For instance, your venue must have the following to consider signing a contract with them: 

●      AV Equipment - Instead of bringing your own audio-visual equipment, your venue should provide such. However, you must test the equipment's functionality to avoid interrupting the event with AV issues.

●      In-house Kitchen - One of the things that your guests will remember is the food during the event. That's why it's also vital to check what food do the function room cater to. Although they might have a mouth-watering menu, search on reviews whether they prepare food safely or do they comply with food sanitation.

●      Essentials - Choose a venue that provides linens, chairs, and tables during the event. With such, you can save a lot of effort and money getting these essentials. Also, the function room should have its own comfort rooms so your guests won't feel discomfort.

Conclusion

So if you want to host an event in Sydney, you should do it in the best function room possible. Not only will it keep your event meaningful but the function room suitable for your event can make your event memorable. That’s why you should follow the tips above if you want to locate the best venue for your upcoming event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Otao kitchen Won NMSB Business Excellence Award
Otao kitchen Won NMSB Business Excellence Award
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Otao kitchen wins Business Excellence Award at the Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards in 2019. 

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Light Your Kitchen With Special Practical Kitchen Pendant Lights That Look Good
Light Your Kitchen With Special Practical Kitchen Pendant Lights That Look Good
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Some people believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where the magic happens, as they say. A hearty meal shared with people you love always makes a house feel more special.

If you’re someone who enjoys cooking and spending time in the kitchen, you’re probably looking for ways to improve it. One crucial aspect you should focus on is the lights. Without proper lighting, you may end up injuring yourself or unknowingly poison the food you serve.

Kitchen pendant lights are excellent lighting solutions if you’re looking to boost illumination for your favourite area in the house.

Here are the benefits of these bulbs that you should seriously consider:

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How To Find Your Way in an Asian Grocer
How To Find Your Way in an Asian Grocer
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When I became a chef, the power and allure of the food market and grocery stores was so strong that my mum would need to visit them everyday. It was always a great thing that mum bought home - fruits and vegetables, sweet cake and candy and meat or fish. 

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Team Building Planning With a Budget
Team Building Planning With a Budget
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You have a budget in mind for your next team building? Keep reading as we have great advice for you and your business.

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Keep calm and plan the perfect hens party with our simple step by step hen party here. 

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You can make a pizza party at home and pizzas can be as tasty as some of the best on the planet. With little planning and practice, you will become good at it, we are here to help though.

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Ten Most Underrated Things to Make Your Food Safe at Home or Work
Ten Most Underrated Things to Make Your Food Safe at Home or Work
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According to theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, about 48 million people experience food-borne illness, and 128,000 of which are hospitalised, with 3,000 patients dying every year.

 That's why it's crucial to ensure food safety by knowing the important things you need to use to make your food safe both at home and in a commercial setting. These things are often underestimated, but are helpful to practice and ensure food safety, so continue reading below to find out more.

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