Coffee Conversations: The Importance of Team Building

June 28, 2017

by Kelly Landers

The sun was peeking out from behind the buildings as we made our way to the location of our very first team coffee outing. We convened at Recess Coffee on Montgomery Street, ordered our piping-hot beverages and pulled up seats around a cherry-painted bistro table just outside the storefront. As we sipped on our delicious beverages, we discussed our first topic: the importance of team building.

A Morning Away From The Office: Meet Our Project Perimeters

Leading us away from our conference room, the prospect of new experiences (and flavors) fueled our first monthly team-building excursion. And as with every good plan, our experiment started with a line of attack.

Every first Thursday of the month, our team plans to check out a new, local coffee spot – whether it’s a café, bakeshop or another breakfast-serving eatery within walking distance of our Downtown office. Encouraging our team to step outside our patented comfort zone – and geographical quarters – these unique locales will serve as backdrops to our monthly meetings.

Creating Team-Building Opportunities

Encouraging communication and increasing collaboration, the most effective methods of team building allow colleagues to spend time together outside the office, like our coffee conversations. When extracted from familiar surroundings and displaced in new settings, workers tend to interact more organically, build rapport and form meaningful bonds. That’s why the most lucrative team-building events are a far cry from just another day at the office.

Looking for ideas? Try these fun team-building activities:

  • Host a company-wide happy hour
  • Take your team to a sports game
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Schedule a paint or plant night
  • Plan a company picnic

Keep The Good Times Rolling

Want to ensure your team-building activity doesn’t fall flat? Make it a recurring event. Akin to our team’s monthly coffee outing, activities that happen periodically help reinforce interaction, teamwork, camaraderie and good vibes in and out of the office. Plus, team building increases morale and productivity while creating a friendly work environment.

What activities are effective at bringing your team together? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram to keep up with Virtucom Group.

A Morning Away From The Office: Meet Our Project Perimeters

Leading us away from our conference room, the prospect of new experiences (and flavors) fueled our first monthly team-building excursion. And as with every good plan, our experiment started with a line of attack.

Every first Thursday of the month, our team plans to check out a new, local coffee spot – whether it’s a café, bakeshop or another breakfast-serving eatery within walking distance of our Downtown office. Encouraging our team to step outside our patented comfort zone – and geographical quarters – these unique locales will serve as backdrops to our monthly meetings.

Creating Team-Building Opportunities

Encouraging communication and increasing collaboration, the most effective methods of team building allow colleagues to spend time together outside the office, like our coffee conversations. When extracted from familiar surroundings and displaced in new settings, workers tend to interact more organically, build rapport and form meaningful bonds. That’s why the most lucrative team-building events are a far cry from just another day at the office.

Looking for ideas? Try these fun team-building activities:

  • Host a company-wide happy hour
  • Take your team to a sports game
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Schedule a paint or plant night
  • Plan a company picnic

Keep The Good Times Rolling

Want to ensure your team-building activity doesn’t fall flat? Make it a recurring event. Akin to our team’s monthly coffee outing, activities that happen periodically help reinforce interaction, teamwork, camaraderie and good vibes in and out of the office. Plus, team building increases morale and productivity while creating a friendly work environment.

What activities are effective at bringing your team together? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram to keep up with Virtucom Group.


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