What exactly are GPS-team events?
The GPS team events are a selection of clever, tailor-made, team problem-solving challenges such as treasure hunts, strategy game via the use of an IPad, tablet or smartphone. The nature of the clues requires teams to make decisions as to how they will tackle the problem, and there are a few other twists and requirements that make the experience unique, valuable and memorable for participants.
Who can go on a GPS team event activity?
Almost anyone, typically from businesses that value and invest in their own people, understand the worth of good relationships with customers and suppliers or need to motivate and manage teams.
Just some of the typical business scenarios where the GPS-treasure hunt can be applied:
- Celebrate your team’s success
- Organisational change, such as separate teams being merged or team with a new manager
- Build trust with a new client to do business
- Team needing to develop new skills or improve existing ones
- Team needing a break between demanding periods of work
- Newly formed project team
- Change direction of an established team
- Recover from a service failure with a key customer or supplier
- Team ‘stuck’ and unable to resolve either work or relationship problems
- Reward sustained periods of good work
- As part of a visit to a European office, plant, manufacturer, retailer or service provider
- As part of training or an educational for those in the travel industry
- Time out for delegates at a meeting, conference, exhibition or trade fair
- Team seeking to mix business and pleasure
- Tackling a business problem off-site
- Recruitment and selection
What will my team or business get out of a GPS team event?
Success in building teams is affected by the group, the task and the environment. What your team derives from the treasure hunt very much depends on them, the business scenario and the objectives of the specific treasure hunt, but typically:
- Team working and co-operation are fostered through friendly competition
- Decisions (and mistakes) are made in a safe environment, enabling participants to learn and build confidence
- Trust is built through improved departmental, individual or external relationships
- Staff become more aware of themselves and others
- Individual potential can be realised or discovered
- Leadership, problem solving, planning and communication skills are tested and developed
- Participants are stimulated by experiencing unfamiliar situations and seeing cultural landmarks from a highly interactive perspective
The net result for the business is that increased effectiveness, involvement, motivation and knowledge sharing are brought back to the workplace. This provides a good basis for discussion of problems, formulation of new ideas and quicker implementation of improved work methods – giving your staff more responsibility and making your business more adaptable and flexible.
What skills do participants need?
An elementary map reading ability and an open mind . We provide all the materials needed for your GPS team event which include and an Ipad or tablet
How many people can go on a GPS-treasure hunt?
There is no limit on group size, though somewhere in the range of 10-500 people is typical, split into teams with 2-10 members per team normally.
How are the teams decided?
You may wish to use existing teams, mix up existing teams, put specific people together, put people of similar types together, put people of conflicting types together or do it at random. We can also organise teams through an interactive game at the beginning of the event.
How long does a typical GPS team event last?
Again it’s up to you, but we find that 2-3 hours is about right for the hunt itself. Add on the time for any team building theory or selection, feedback on behaviour observed, answer sheet marking, prize giving and incorporate a spot of lunch, and it’s best to allow around 5 hours. Remember to also allow time for travel to and from the location.
What level of physical fitness do I need to take part?
Different levels of physical fitness amongst participants are acknowledged and so the treasure hunt is designed to ensure that every participant can play a full part. A fairly large part of most hunts is spent on foot – teams who think smart and walk do better than those which run aimlessly.
Can the GPS team event be incorporated into another event?
Yes, this is actively encouraged. The GPS team evernt is a self contained module which can be tailored easily to fit into other activities, such as meetings, site visits, conferences, exhibitions, corporate hospitality, training, themed events and so on. You may even wish to join forces with another company for that bit of added competition.
How hard are the clues?
Difficulty is a relative thing! Generally, the clues encompass cryptic challenge, logistical planning, lateral thinking and some action-oriented activities. The mood and style of the clues is your choice, and clues can be tailored around company needs if necessary – such as checking or promoting product understanding.
How do participants get around during the GPS team event?
Public transport or bicycles are 2 popular ways of getting about but the majority of our groups tend to do the activity on foot. . A reasonable amount of walking is expected – how much of this there is often depends on how the teams tackle the problem. Resourceful teams will keep walking to a minimum. Some clues may require a particular type of transport to be used!
GPS team event in more remote locations may require the use of cars, bicycles or even boats.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of booking that companies undertake to arrange and provide adequate insurance cover for their participants, including travel and public liability for example. Good company insurance policies should be perfectly adequate without amendment. Please consult your insurance company if you are in any doubt.
What about transport and accommodation?
If you are not combining the treasure hunt with an existing business activity, then transport to and from the location can be arranged on your behalf if you so wish. We are of course happy to organise this for you.
What about meals?
Meals and refreshments can be provided as part of the GPS team event activity. We normally include refreshments in a given location at the end of the event.
What about prizes?
Prizes can be provided as part of the GPS team event. We often find that companies prefer to give their own corporate goodies or fun prizes or combine the prize giving as part of a wider award ceremony recognising staff achievements. We do recommend a booby prize with the aim of getting everyone to compete in the activity.
Can you tell me about the sightseeing?
We aim to ensure that each GPS team event gives participants a taste of familiar (and some less familiar!) sights in of the city that GPS team event takes place in. For example some of the most popular places to see in Barcelona include Las Ramblas, the main market, the Gothic Quarter, Gaudi buildings, the Picasso museum and the Port Area.
How much does it cost?
Each GPS-treasure hunt is unique, designed around your needs and priced on an individual basis.
Location, group size, duration, content, complexity, travel during the hunt, travel to and from the location, accommodation and meal arrangements requirements are amongst the variables that are considered.
We will discuss your specific requirements then prepare a quote accordingly.
What’s included in the price?
We agree this with you as part of the specification which is drawn up when the quote is accepted.
The basic cost of every GPS team event includes desk research, full facilitation of the event including briefing, monitoring, marking, and adjudication; facilitator disbursements, prizes, and collection and collation of feedback from participants.
Insurance and outdoor clothing are not provided.