Fligno Software Philippines, Inc. celebrated teamwork and camaraderie with its first ever team building activity!
Held last Oct. 26, 2018, at Mapawa Nature & Adventure Park, the event found the company’s men and women trooping over to the open spaces of the park for a day of games and bonding. The company set out for the park early in the morning, traveling from the confines of their offices to Mapawa, where they were greeted by the organizers of the team building activity.
It was only uphill from there - quite literally - as the young men and women trekked to the activity centre for registration. The crowd took a moment to get settled before the festivities started, but as soon as things were in order, the team building activities began in earnest.
First up to bat were the individual introductions - each Fligno employee stepped up to the front of the crowd to introduce themselves by name, favorite animal, and favorite joke or “hugot” line. After this, the organisers then grouped the employees at random, forming four colour-coded teams: Team Maruya (yellow), Team No1 (red), Blue Thrasher (blue), and Infinitwo (green). Each team designed their own flags and chants, and then pitted against each other in a chant battle. (A representative from each team explained the meaning of the flag prior to the chanting.)
Then it was time to hit the open fields. The first activity was an animal call game, where each team chose an animal to represent their team, were then blindfolded and instructed to group themselves back together using only animal sounds to call out to their members.
An assortment of games was played for the rest of the morning, including a modified version of tag and capture-the-flag. Lunch was served after, allowing for the teams to rest from the exertions of the morning.
Games resumed in the afternoon. The highlight of the games was the last round of games, which included an obstacle course that includes a man-made grid that the teams crawled through. After the games, individual team scores from the games played were tallied up, and with the final rankings being thus: Blue Thrasher (first), Infinitwo (second), Team No1 (third), and Team Maruya (fourth).
The team building activity closed with a speech from Fligno President, Bryan King, and a company photo op. Tired but happy, the men and women of Fligno were then ferried back to the office, marking the team building activity closed and a success.
“I enjoyed the activities,” commented Thomas John Gulisao about the team building activity, when asked about his experience.
“It was also a great time to bond with our colleagues,” Mike Jandayan added.
Fligno President, Bryan King, had this to say about the event: “Was a fun experience as I had a chance to bond with everyone and get to know them better.”
Other feedback about the team building ran in a similar vein. “I would say, I really had fun and enjoyed playing with and against my co-workers,” said one. “It was indeed a great experience that we get a chance to team up with the other employees,” said another. “It was fun! Let's make it monthly,” another commented.
In a moment of colorful hyperbole, an attendee commented, “It was like a rainbow after a horrific storm, cyclone and tsunami together.”
Granted, not all of the feedback was positive. Some felt that the facilitators weren’t giving equal attention to the attendees, and that there were pockets of time that were wasted because of “dead air”. An attendee felt that the organisation of the activity was “unusual”.
In the interest of fairness, one commented that they thought “...having a third party to host the activity really helped, giving the admins the opportunity to participate also.”
All things equal, Fligno’s first team building had its ups and downs, and, as with every first, it had room for improvement with the program flow and the little details. As far as the big picture is concerned, however, the success of the event is founded on the strong sense of camaraderie and bonding that it fostered. With that in mind, the Fligno team building activity is an accomplishment worth remembering for years to come.