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What can be done to ensure a sustainable team building effect?

Team building should be fun! Collective laughing, tinkering, puzzling, going together on a journey and upon return patting each other on the back: all this is definitely part of a team event team event or a company trip. You get this at BITOU – and a lot more: we want your team building to have a lasting effect! Those who are in a good mood work more effectively. This is why we give exciting, creative and thoughtful impulses to the team with our team events, with which you can improve your everyday working life long term. In this way, a win-win situation arises: the colleagues develop more fun when working together and the company receives more successful teams. Those who are in a good mood work more effectively. This is why we give exciting, creative and thoughtful impulses to the team with our team events, with which you can improve your everyday working life long term. In this way, a win-win situation arises: the colleagues develop more fun when working together and the company receives more successful teams.

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Working together better through team building

Those who are in a good mood work more effectively. This is why we give exciting, creative and thoughtful impulses to the team with our team events, with which you can improve your everyday working life long term. In this way, a win-win situation arises: the colleagues develop more fun when working together and the company receives more successful teams.


What is team building anyway?

Team building refers to all measures that are designed to improve interpersonal relationships within a team – with the aim of improving its productivity. Team events often use activating, entertaining stimuli and tasks are solved together. This makes the strengths of each individual visible – and a phase of reflection can follow on from this.

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Top 6 events for team building

Chain Reaction XXL
6 – 3.000
60-180 minutes
Face to Face

Chain Reaction XXL

The term “Chain Reaction” reminds many of their chemistry lessons. But with this event, it’s not about a scientific experiment, but a social one: will we manage to work so precisely with a team as big as 3000 colleagues that it ultimately only takes a …

What are the objectives of team building?

Building trust, problem-solving or decision-making, communication, adaptability and planning: these four subject areas can be worked on particularly well as part of a team-building measure. In the run-up to your team event, we will be happy to advise you individually on your objectives and suggest suitable measures for you.

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What’s the difference between teambuilding, teambonding and teamtraining?

Teambuilding can be differentiated into “downward” and “upward”: We distinguish between “Teambonding”, “Teambuilding”, and “Teamtraining”. The differences lie in the degree of intensity with which challenges and problems are worked on in the team.

  • Teambonding

When it comes to so-called “Teambonding”, the focus is clearly on free, relaxed interaction through shared experiences. There are no reflection sessions or specific tasks. The goal is to strengthen the sense of unity and togetherness. This can be achieved very well, for example, through a soapbox derby, an online quiz, or a geocaching tour in the great outdoors.

  • Teamtraining

When we talk about “Teamtraining”, we mean working intensively on questions of collaboration. For example, a team is transitioning to digital work and wants to find out how to make collaboration and communication work for them. What roles are needed in the team? How and where are information exchanged? Or there is a conflict within the team that needs to be resolved through moderated exchange. Both situations require an intensive examination that goes beyond classic team building.

  • Teambuilding

When it comes to classic team building, we alternate between entertainment, challenge, and reflection. Our team events are designed so that every character in the team can contribute well. This way, team members can gradually explore their roles in the team.

That a team must work in the same four walls is a long outdated assumption. And also, that physical proximity automatically welds together. Many teams work together remotely, whether in the classic home office or as a modern remote concept distributed all over the world. BITOU is your expert to create a close bond even between those team members who hardly meet personally in everyday work life. Online team building is the keyword: With virtual team building events that can be completed both simultaneously and time-shifted, employees get to know each other and work together efficiently – if desired, also with high entertainment value! Examples:

To ensure that your team building is a complete success, it is worth relying on a provider for whom fun is not the only important thing. BITOU focuses on memorable and original team events and developments that bring your employees together and give them valuable learnings along the way.

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Teambuilding measures- Tips for organization

Teambuilding brings colleagues together and creates memories. However, for successful team building events, several things should be considered.

By the way, in a survey of our LinkedIn contacts, 52% of respondents said that regular team building measures increase job satisfaction. 29% of respondents even said that job satisfaction is significantly increased.

In addition to the activities, it is important to think about the budget, the participants, and the location. The team-building measures should also be tailored to the participants so that everyone is included and no one feels excluded.

We have summarized the most important points again:


There are different reasons for carrying out a team building measure, such as better getting to know each other in the team, increasing motivation, rewarding special achievements, project completion, kick-off, formation of new teams… From the variety of different motives alone, it can be seen that it is important to choose the “right” one from the multitude of ideas. Use our event finder or activity filter in our team developments, for example, to do so


When selecting the right team building event, the participants are also of crucial importance. A group of technical employees can be inspired by different events than a team from accounting. Are all participants athletic or are there handicapped participants? Are the participants experienced in handling digital tools and what is the age structure? BITOU has 20 years of experience in team building and we are happy to advise you

How many?

How many articipants are involved in team building activities? A chain reaction, for example, is ideal for groups of several hundred to even 5000 participants. Escape rooms are usually designed for small groups of up to 100 participants. You can make an initial selection using our event finder


Where should the event take place? In your own premises, costs can be saved, especially travel expenses, but it is more difficult to get away from everyday work. External locations offer variety and, with the right choice, the right conditions for the selected measures. Indoors, care should be taken that the premises are not too cramped but also only so spacious that the participants do not feel lost. We would be happy to tell you the respective space requirements depending on the number of participants. For outdoor team buildings, it may be useful to book a bad weather option.


When is the right timing for a teambuilding activitie? The larger the group, the longer the date should be planned and announced in advance. In general, vacation times, holidays, and bridging days should be taken into account in the planning. Experience has shown that content-related work is better placed in the morning, and the more sociable it is intended to be, the later in the day the event can be scheduled. Naturally, outdoor team buildings are most sensible in spring and autumn. In summer months, the possibly hot temperatures should be taken into account.

How long?

Of course, it depends on the goals that are to be achieved. Team-building programs can last 30 minutes or several hours. Formats between 120 and 240 minutes have proven to be effective. For longer events, sufficient breaks and refreshments should definitely be considered


What does a team-building measure cost? The costs depend on a variety of factors such as group size, location, duration, etc…


Why did I participate here? Each participant will surely answer this question differently. Therefore, a feedback round should definitely be planned to encourage participants to deal with what they have learned again and to anchor the impulses.

However, the return on investment of a team-building measure is essential, i.e. do I achieve my set goals with the measure and do I possibly get added value? Of course, team building should be a lot of fun, but it should also provide impulses for everyday work that further develop the team and personalities.

Bruce Tuckman’s 5 phases of teambuilding

One of the most well-known models for describing the emergence of teams was developed by Bruce Tuckman. In Germany, it is also known as the Team Clock. In a team-building process, a team usually goes through various phases as it develops and grows. Teams do not always go through these phases linearly, as various challenges can arise that set a team back to phases it has already gone through. Team-building measures can effectively help support and accelerate the development process.

  1. Forming: Typically, the team comes together for the first time in this phase, and the members get to know each other. Even if only a few members are new to an existing team, the team usually starts in the forming phase. Team members are often polite and tend to be cautious because they have not yet become well acquainted with each other. Tasks and goals are defined, and group dynamics begin to develop.
  2. Storming: In the second phase, conflicts and differences of opinion usually arise within the team as members bring in different ideas and approaches. The team tries to clarify its roles and responsibilities, which can lead to power struggles and resistance. Although it can lead to enormous tensions, this phase is important for establishing common goals and norms.
  3. Norming: Now the team begins to understand each other better and starts working together. Rules, norms, and behaviors are developed that apply to the team. A sense of belonging and mutual trust emerges. The team works together more effectively and develops a common identity.
  4. Performing: The team has now reached its full potential. The members have gained a deep understanding of each other, and their roles in the team are defined and accepted. The team works efficiently and productively towards its goals in smooth cooperation. In open and constructive communication, team members support each other.
  5. Adjourning: If the team has achieved its goal and the team project is completed, the team can dissolve in this phase. It is important to reflect on the joint work again, to appreciate the joint work and to celebrate the successes. Members may also experience feelings of loss or separation as they detach from the group.

With the next challenge, the next team can now start the team-building phases

Teambuilding games

The term games is to be understood in this context as neologism gamification. In team building, a playful approach is often chosen to make the theory tangible and more accessible to many. What happens in a team-building process and where are we with the team? Team-building games often make this transparent and visible. Some of these gamifications have proven themselves for many years, such as the Chain Reaction XXL or the Highland Games. Others have almost disappeared after a hype, such as geocaching.

Games of the new generation

Current developments are usually characterized by digital support and added value in terms of content. Modern activities are also characterized by the fact that all participants have a lot of fun at the event, but there are also aha effects that bring the decisive added value. Impulses and learning effects for everyday work come in a playful way and can be specifically reinforced through reflection.

Examples of this are:

Race for space – 3 teambuilding games that build on each other and whose success is measurable

Turnaround – changes the perspective and creates an “aha-effect”

Greenworld –  sustainability in a team

Sustainability challenge – indoor, outdoor, individual, current, building a team

Teambuilding games that have proven themselves for a long time

Chain reaction compact – a common goal and a collective succes that  fascinates participants over and over again

Get the code – intensive cooperation leads to success

Smart city challenge – moves the teams

Through the hotel – intelligent tasks for communication in the team

Teambuilding games for lange groups

Chain reaction XXL – till 3000 participants and effects, a highlight for everyone

WUP – getting to know each other can be really fast

Haka – full of energy- a new interpretation in old tradition

Rollercoaster – even if the group is large, everyone matters

Teambuilding games online

Beat the hacker – escape games on different levels

After work party – the fastest remote teamevent

Travel around the world – ideal to interact with different cultures

Crime time online – the crime event online as well as in person

Hybrid teambuilding measures

Black out hybrid -hybrid indoor and outdoor mixture

Chain reaction hybrid – different locations building a long chainreaction together

Spaghetti bridge building hybrid – competition across locations


Individual teambuilding

Sometimes it should be tailored entirely to the team, the company, a product, or an anniversary so that the respective goals can also be achieved. We also offer each of the team buildings individually adapted. And if you have a very special idea, please contact us, we have already designed many events for our customers that are not to be found as standard programs on our website.

Teambuildings we no longer offer

We have now removed some team-building activities from the program. Here is a brief overview with explanations:

Soapbox racing- It’s fun when the boxes go fast, but that carries a significant risk of injury. If the boxes are slow, the event is also boring.

Raft building- It’s a material battle and therefore only makes sense if the material for raft building is also stored at the location where the raft building takes place. In the interest of sustainability, we no longer wanted to drive across Europe with a large transporter and trailer.

Geocaching- It has been replaced by Smart Challenges, as they offer many more possibilities in design.

Action painting- It usually only inspired one part of the group and therefore did not meet our goal of involving all participants

Is team building worthwhile for all companies?

Team building is a term that is firmly anchored in more and more companies. Not without reason: Entrepreneurs have long known that the cohesion and efficiency of their teams are crucial for their own business success, the long-term successful presence on the market, and the associated competitive opportunities. Efficient team building is worthwhile for companies of all sizes and in all industries. It strengthens teams of all kinds, but also offers employees the opportunity to develop individually and consolidate their position in the company.

How do employees benefit from team building?

Good team building pays off for every single employee. It strengthens team members and their exchange with each other, but also increases motivation. At the same time, it can permanently consolidate employees’ sense of belonging to the company and thus efficiently counteract possible fluctuations. Employees feel more closely connected to the company and the brand. Given the enormous shortage of skilled workers and the increasing demand for employees, this is becoming increasingly relevant for companies in various industries.

When can teambuilding take place?

Teambuilding measures can take place not only during working hours. Events and measures of this kind can also be offered in the evening or on weekends, for example, following working hours. It is important to take into account the needs and requirements of the employees both in the selection of measures and in their duration. Teams usually have different ideas about what efficient team building looks like. A major advantage is that the range of team building is constantly evolving, so new measures and strategies are constantly being implemented. Team building can help to make hierarchies in a team as flat as possible. This in turn ensures that team members exchange ideas more openly and efficiency is increased. Especially in younger generations, close cooperation between individual team members and shared responsibility play an important role


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