1) What is team building and why is it so important in the corporate world?
ANSWER: Team building is a collective term for various activities an HR department at a company may use to improve social relations and define roles within staff teams. Through collaborative activities with clearly defined goals the effectiveness of working relationships and definition of individual roles may be explored with the aim of enhancing that effectiveness. Encouraging employees to value more communication and teamwork helps improve work relationships and work efficiency and fosters a strong corporate culture.

2) What ethnic artists do you have who are experienced in team building?
ANSWER: Several of our tropical entertainers from Caribbean, African, Asian and Latin American backgrounds have run corporate team builds in the past and understand the difference between them and regular workshops.

3) How does ethnic arts team building differ from regular ethnic arts workshops?
ANSWER: Whilst a regular ethnic arts workshop demands that our tutors handle all of the instruction, our team building experience ensures that in these sessions work colleagues will have to learn from each other too, recognising the skills in each other that will best achieve the common goals that have been set for them. Our artists understand the different demands of organising team building effectively, according to the numbers of participants and the time that is made available.

4) Why is sensitivity towards cultural diversity important in a work team?
ANSWER: Diversity of all kinds within the workforce and the understanding of it is very advantageous to a company. Happy and engaged employees tend to perform better, but employees will neither be happy or engaged if they suffer prejudice and discrimination from their colleagues.

5) Are your ethnic arts teachers qualified and insured?
ANSWER: Some of them have teaching qualifications, but most have been educated in the University of Life and will bring their experiences as members of an ethnic minority as a useful tool to any corporate team building event. We have full public liability insurance cover and our talented and experienced facilitators have all been DBS checked and will show their certification on their arrival at your venue if you haven’t already received it by email from us before.

6) Where should ethnic arts team building activities take place?
ANSWER: Team building activities should take place outside of the office. Employees spend a great deal of time with each other, but they are often too busy working to interact with each other regularly. A day out of the office allows employees to see each other in a different light and to interact with colleagues they may not work with on a regular basis. It’s hard to get to know someone when all you discuss is work. By leaving the office behind, employees can discuss their families and outside interests. Some employees will surely discover common interests and hobbies. The better they get to know each other, the more connected they will feel and people who like each other work better together in a team. Work can be very stressful, but being surrounded by people you like being around can make a big difference in an employee’s motivation.

7) How do your Tropical Entertainers make ethnic arts team building interactive?
ANSWER: Participants will be organised into groups and those groups will be encouraged to select leaders based on their suitability and their ability to organise those best suited for the different skills required to fulfil the artistic task that has been set. In so doing, we’ll do our best to encourage bonding within the group and a competitive spirit when the teams compete against each other!
A winning team- fairly judged by the participants themselves- will emerge, but everybody participating will benefit from the experience. So, everyone’s a winner!

8) Do you have teachers who deliver team building on steel pans/steel drums?
ANSWER: You may have seen Solid Steel instructing the contestants in ‘The Generation Game’ to play the steel drum in a YouTube video of ours. The show’s BBC producers knew that playing a steel drum or ‘pan’ is a lot of fun and, having seen one of our artist’s entertaining music workshops, paid us the compliment of inviting us on to one of their biggest Christmas specials! We do a lot of fun workshops for the likes of company barbecues and hen nights (!), but the steel pan/drum really is an instrument that’s best played within a larger group with a real collective band ethic in play. Which is, of course, ideal for proper team building. When employees learn to play a song together in a steel band with their colleagues it is for many of them the greatest musical achievement they will ever achieve!

9) Are ethnic arts team building activities available during a pandemic?
ANSWER: Our tropical performers’ team builds can be conducted with the correct social distancing etiquette and procedures necessary throughout delivery and regular sanitisation will be employed in the sharing of any instruments. So unless the authorities deem them unsafe this kind of team building activity can and should be still available. During this pandemic we have seen the free world embrace the social principles of Black Lives Matter. Our black artists are fully committed to both performance and the delivery of their ethnic arts team building in the Black History month of October even more now than ever before.

10) What are the benefits of ethnic arts team builds over other team builds?
ANSWER: In the UK few companies don’t embrace diversity of all kinds in their workforce. Our ethnic drummers are great teachers who will help all the participants to gain an understanding and respect for other ethnicities and cultures to encourage them further to embrace cultural diversity and embrace the concept of teamwork! For those employees that are from an ethnic minority themselves- some of whom may feel there is a lack of representation at management level- an ethnic arts team build feels like a hug from the company to demonstrate how well they are valued, individually.

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