With a strong background in learning and development and expert facilitation we know exactly how to run fun and engaging company events.
Virtual Reality is quite simply amazing and allows us to transport your teams to new challenges and other worldly locations impossible to replicate in the real world.
Our psychologists and trainers have also devised clever activities that ensure everyone has to be involved, there is no room for passengers!
VRE ran a large VR event for Santander’s head office teams with a total of 70 staff for their annual offsite day. Santander wanted more than just a fun team day so working closely with them we developed materials and activities that captured the values and behaviours they wanted to promote in the business.
The resulting day allowed the VRE Psychologists to evaluate how well these behaviours and values were demonstrated during the day with a quantitative summary at the end of the day presented to the whole group.
We were able to provide useful feedback and insights into team dynamics and raise awareness of individual strengths and development areas and as well as departmental trends.
We also provided on the day some non-VR team building activities which allowed us to examine teams in a more traditional way alongside the VR methodology.
VRE provided Santander with a fully immersive employee engagement exercise using the latest virtual reality technology. By using VR, we were able to strengthen team relationships in a new, engaging and fun way.”
– Keith Moor, Chief Marketing Officer, Santander
EIF EUROPEAN INVESTMENT FUND
The European Investment Fund required a large team building event in Europe for 45 staff. We regularly work in Europe and so our team delivered onsite a VR team building day in Luxembourg.
Using the latest VR technology VRE was able to stretch teams and engage them in ways that traditional training cannot, using VR allowed EIF to see their teams working on new challenges they had not seen before and develop more effective communication as a result.
Our trainers provided multiple sessions on the day including experiential methodologies alongside the VR with the day’s session designs complementing each other and reinforcing learning outcomes.
CHOOSE YOUR VR TEAM BUILDING DAY
VR Team Building With Learning Outcomes
If your company is looking for a fun and engaging event, but would also like some learning to take place then we can expand the activities described above and add an additional layer of reflection and learning. Often we use some of the same activities as the fun day above, but our trainers will observe the teams and then discuss after each VR activity any learning points from the teams experience.
We can also incorporate or focus on specific company competencies or values and help the teams discover how well they demonstrate these during the day. For past events we have run live evaluations and compiled the results at the end of the day to give an summary of departmental strengths and development areas across the different departments attending.
Our business psychologists work with clients to plan your day and identify key learning objectives, e.g. how their leadership skills could be developed, how their communication style affects interactions and other important soft skills.
VR Team Building Using Multiplayer VR
Virtual reality is often lauded for how immersive and engaging the experience is – but multiplayer VR takes this to a whole new level.
We have built our own novel and engaging multiplayer VR experiences that allow groups to work together simultaneously, working together to overcome difficult challenges.
Throw your whole team into an unknown world, an unusual situation or pit them against a new challenge and see how they come up with creative ideas for solutions, how they solve problems and how they interact as a team while they do so.
Multiplayer VR team building experiences allow us to gather a lot of information for developmental feedback while being enjoyed by team members as an incredibly engaging session that your team is sure to
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VR SOFTWARE TYPICALLY USED FOR LARGE GROUPS
For larger team building groups
we use a range of carefully selected off-the-shelf VR experiences that genuinely allow for interaction and collaboration. Our in-house psychologists have constructed fun yet challenging activities around them to encourage team development. We have included some examples below.
Furthermore, we can select
and if necessary design new VR activities that better reflect your corporate sector, services that you offer or particular competencies that you may wish to focus on and develop on the day.
For any team building day
we do recommend focusing on just one or two areas, so delegates leave having had focused and incremental feedback in a powerful additive way across several activities that will have a memorable impact.
Competencies – Leadership, communication, problem solving, spatial reasoning
This excellent VR application is a personal favourite of ours, why? Because it can be used in so many different ways with teams.
This VR application allows users to draw in 3 dimensions and is trickier than it sounds. Why? Well, most of us are not used to drawing objects with depth as well as width and height so it always presents some interesting challenges to teams.
We have designed this activity to be all inclusive, which means everyone has to be involved. It is a meaningful lesson on learning to adapt our personal preferences and communication styles in order to interface effectively with others.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Competencies – Leadership, communication, planning, problem solving, teamwork
This challenging yet exciting VR application is used when you really want to put your teams through their paces and see how people perform under a little bit of pressure. The goal being to highlight how people in challenging circumstances can behave in real work situations.
Teams have to defuse a series of bombs, they each take turns to enter the bomb room and are faced with increasingly complex devices. They are totally reliant on their teammates who have the various manuals to guide and help them.
If teams don’t work together in clever ways they always run out of time, so it can be very rewarding for them as they slowly improve and start to defuse these devices.
This VR activity is also very cognitively challenging so we usually recommend a lighter VR experience afterwards to allow participants to recover and re-energise.
See the video below for an example how this application works.
Competencies – Creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork
This skillfully constructed VR application makes budding civil engineers out of all of us. Incredibly immersive and easy to use, teams have to build various contraptions to get objects to the other side of walls and across gaps in a floating terrain.
This VR application really challenges groups to think in new creative ways, but also not be afraid to start over instead of constantly refining a bad idea (which some teams end up doing)!
We have designed this activity to challenge teams to work together as a unit in solving the increasingly demanding contraption puzzles they face.
Check out the video below for more details.
Waltz of the Wizard
Competencies – Problem solving, teamwork
Another favourite of the VRE team is Waltz of the Wizard. Here teams step into the shoes of a newly qualified wizard and have to quickly solve a number of magical puzzles in a short amount of time.
Due to the highly entertaining nature of the activity, delegates often get distracted from the tasks at hand, and instead make objects float in the air or throw fireballs around their wizarding cave.
Teams have to work together to succeed in this activity and good problem solving and communication skills are an essential part to achieve a success.
Other Non-VR Training Services For Your Team Building Day
Here at VRE our team includes Business Psychologists and senior learning & development professionals who have led training departments and designed and delivered management training programmes across a range of sectors.
As a result, clients often ask us to run other parts of their team building day event. Team building is part of our core background we are happy to run additional non-VR elements to support other outcomes that you wish to focus on.
This can often be company values or specific behaviours/competencies that clients would like to emphasise on their day.
E.g. for larger team building days we can run hybrid days using VR alongside experiential training sessions involving innovative non-VR elements that force people to work together in other ways.
So, if your day requires multiple sessions, some with virtual reality and some using more traditional team building methods, VRE is your one-stop-shop. We can help with your complete event and team building planning.
We also offer a range of VR training courses for soft skills, leadership and coaching from our experienced experts.