Five Reasons Why Team Building Activities Are Important

Five Reasons Why Team Building Activities Are Important

Team building activities are essential for a well-developed and productive team because it’s all about the most important asset of your business – your employees. Even the best product or innovative business plan will struggle without a solid team of great people behind it. Team building exercises enhance comradery, opens communication, encourages teamwork, and builds trust among coworkers.

Here are five reasons to integrate team building exercises are important for a happy and productive company:

  1. Better Communication

Activities that encourage discussion enable open communication among employees as well as between employees and management. An employee that feels comfortable communicating and collaborating with coworkers can be more productive when ideas and second opinions are easier to share.

  1. Networking and Socializing

Team building allows employees from different areas of the company to interact when they may not normally have those opportunities to socialize and build relationships. Building relationships extends beyond personal pleasantries as it can also be a great networking tool, helping employees grow their own personal skills, and creating a web of people they can call on at any point in their career. 

  1. Promotes Creativity

Taking a team outside of their normal work environment and routine can expose them to new experiences and encourage thinking outside of their usual scope. Team building activities can ignite creativity and fresh ideas among coworkers which is a great skill to take back to the workplace.

  1. Encourages Celebration and Team Spirit

Almost every accomplishment is fun to celebrate together, and it encourages people to strive to succeed. This excitement and motivation is great to bring into the workplace to motivate employees, boosting drive to succeed to the next level.

  1. Breaks the Barrier

Team building activities can open doors between employees and between employees and management where there may be a sense of disconnect. In many corporate settings, there can seem to be a gap between leadership and employees, but team building exercises can offer an opportunity for leadership to bond in a different setting and be seen more as a colleague. This can do wonders for a workplace as it enables employees to feel comfortable approaching management and can motivate creativity.

Once you understand the importance of team building exercises, go ahead and make a plan and schedule your team’s next activity. It is an investment in your company’s future that you will not want to miss out on. By focusing on building employee relationships, communication, and trust, companies will find more engaged and productive employees

For ideas on what to do for your team’s next team building event, check back here next week.

To Follow Up After An Interview, Or Not?

To Follow Up After An Interview, Or Not?

You’ve just completed the job interview that you had been preparing for and looking forward to for some time. You’re feeling confident on how you did, then you started thinking about the ever so common question of, “Should I follow up after my interview?” The simple answer is, yes. A professional follow up requires adequate writing and timing. If done properly, a recruiter or hiring manager will be impressed with your communication skills and interest in the position discussed or other positions available. Here we have some steps to ease your way into staying in communication with your interviewer and hopefully landing that job you’ve been working so hard towards.

Step 1: Ask What the Next Step Is – During the Interview

It is your responsibility to ask before you leave the interview when you should expect to hear something back from your interviewer. Then jot down that time frame and be sure to get their contact information before you leave.

Step 2: Send a Thank You Letter

A handwritten thank you letter can really make a big impression on a hiring manager. It shows that you care enough about this opportunity to take the time to write out a note, put a stamp on it and mail it out. If you are unable to write out a handwritten note, an email message will work just fine. The key is to get this letter out as soon as possible after your interview. Make it your goal to get your letter sent within 24 hours of your interview.

Your thank you letter should include of course thanking whomever took the time to meet with you, reiterate your interest in the job and the company, and highlight your relevant skills and experience that make you the ideal candidate.

Step 3: Follow Up Message

After waiting the appropriate amount of time, as discussed in your interview to get a response, you are completely free to send a follow up email. A follow up letter is meant to be short and to the point. This is your opportunity to remind them that you are excited for this opportunity and ask if there is any update or if any decisions have been made. Be specific in your message about when you interviewed and what position or positions you discussed. Again, be sure to thank them for taking the time to meet with you, and let them know you are appreciative of their time and any update they can offer at this time.

Step 4: Prepare Your Follow Up Responses

If you do get a response back but they have no update at this time, that is okay, you know that you have done your part and have shown initiative. When responding, be sure to thank them for an update and ask if they have a time frame on when a decision will be made so you will know when to follow up again. Let them know that you understand these decisions take time, but are still interested in the position.

Hopefully by now you will have had an update, but if not, please have patience. Sometimes these decisions take time or job openings change without notice. Knowing that you did your very best in your interview and have been professional in your follow ups is all you can do.

If you are currently looking for employment or considering changing career paths in the future, apply with All Star Labor & Staffing today. We have professional recruiters that invest the time into meeting with you to find the right type of work for you. Fortunately, we have several job opportunities in a variety of fields available, so one single interview with us opens the doors to all of our positions. To apply, visit our website at

All Star Success Stories – Hunter Nelms 

All Star Success Stories – Hunter Nelms 

After five years in prison, Hunter was about to be released when one of our All Star employees visited the correctional facility to talk with the inmates about post release employment opportunities. Hunter met with Lenanne, they discussed work opportunities, and he says all that she asked for in return was for his hard work.

The day he was released, Hunter came directly to our Eugene office and met with the rest of our team. He interviewed with one of our clients the next day and was able to start full time just days later. Since then, he has been hired on permanently in the steel fabrication industry and loves what he does. He has been able to get back on his feet saying, “I firmly believe if it were not for the second chance given to me by All Star Labor & Staffing, I would not be where I am today.”

Recently, Hunter has begun working toward becoming a Youth Drug and Alcohol Counselor. He volunteers his time visiting youth institutions and halfway homes to tell his story, always acknowledging the All Star team for helping him get where he is today.

Thank you Hunter for sharing your story, and being such a delightful employee. You truly bring happiness and pride to our All Star Eugene office!