Innovative Team Building: Fitch Ratings’ Journey with Invite Japan

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How do you bring together a team that’s grown apart or never had the chance to bond? In our fast-paced work environment, it’s easy for employees, especially those who joined during the pandemic, to feel disconnected from their colleagues. This case study spotlights a unique team building activity that addresses this challenge head-on.

Our solution? An engaging, mystery-themed team building activity, known as the Suitcase Mystery. This activity isn’t just another routine corporate event. It’s a thrilling, interactive experience designed to break down barriers and foster collaboration in an enjoyable way. 

We’ll take a deep dive into how this innovative approach not only brought employees together but also unveiled hidden talents and strengthened workplace relationships. Stay tuned to discover how a simple yet creative activity can transform the dynamics of a team.

About the Client: Fitch Ratings

Founded in 1914 by John Knowles Fitch, Fitch Ratings Inc. is an esteemed American credit rating agency, one of the “Big Three” alongside Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. Dual-headquartered in New York and London, Fitch holds the status of a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO) as designated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although it’s the third-largest NRSRO, covering a slightly smaller market share than its peers, Fitch has expanded through strategic acquisitions and often serves as a pivotal “tie-breaker” in the financial sector. 

Our team building program aims to support Fitch Ratings by enhancing internal collaboration and communication, fostering a more dynamic and connected workforce within this influential financial institution.

Objective: Building a Connected Team in a Disconnected World

Here in Invite Japan, our primary aim with the Suitcase Mystery activity was to bridge gaps and foster stronger connections within client teams. We’ve observed that in many organizations, especially post-pandemic, employees often work in isolation, missing out on valuable interactions with colleagues from different departments.

Our goal was to change this. We designed the Suitcase Mystery to be more than just a fun diversion; it was crafted as a tool for building bonds and enhancing team dynamics. The activity was intended to encourage participants to step out of their usual work roles, collaborate in fresh ways, and appreciate the diverse talents within their team. We aimed to create an environment that was not only enjoyable but also conducive to breaking down barriers and sparking new connections. 

By the end of the event, our objective was to leave the team not just entertained, but also more united, with a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other’s strengths and abilities.

Execution: “Suitcase Mystery” – Crafting Connections and Collaboration

At Invite Japan, our approach to team building centers around engaging and meaningful experiences. The Suitcase Mystery is our flagship indoor activity that transforms any office or conference center into an arena of collaborative problem-solving and fun.

Here’s how we make it happen:

  • Setting the Stage: Teams of four to five players each receive a suitcase filled with a variety of puzzles and challenges. The game is designed to be versatile, suitable for small teams or larger groups, fitting into one room.
  • The Challenge: Teams have 60 minutes to solve all the puzzles in their suitcase and crack the final code. This time-bound aspect adds excitement and encourages quick thinking and effective teamwork.
  • Boosting Team Skills: The activity is crafted to enhance thinking and problem-solving abilities in a lively, interactive setting. It’s not just about finding answers; it’s about how team members communicate, share ideas, and work together to overcome obstacles.
  • Full Support: We provide comprehensive on-site assistance. Our experienced facilitators handle everything – from setting up, explaining the rules, to guiding teams during the game. We also include a ranking system for a bit of friendly competition, followed by repacking and cleanup.
  • End Result: The activity leads to teams experiencing a strong sense of achievement and unity.  By working through the challenges, team members break down barriers, leading to improved communication and stronger bonds.

Suitcase Mystery is more than just a game; it’s a journey towards building a more cohesive and dynamic team. With our tailored approach, your team building event is guaranteed to be a resounding success, leaving lasting positive impacts on your team dynamics.

End Result: Transforming Team Dynamics with Suitcase Mystery

By working through the challenges, team members break down barriers, leading to improved communication and stronger bonds. Suitcase Mystery is more than just a game; it’s a journey towards building a more cohesive and dynamic team. With our tailored approach, your team building event is guaranteed to be a resounding success, leaving lasting positive impacts on your team dynamics.

After running the Suitcase Mystery team building activity, we’ve seen remarkable results:

  1. Enhanced Collaboration: Teams who barely interacted before are now engaging more. We noticed increased dialogue and collaboration in the workplace, indicating stronger interpersonal connections.
  2. Unveiled Talents: The activity revealed hidden skills among team members. Individuals who were usually reserved displayed leadership, while others showed impressive problem-solving abilities.
  3. Boosted Morale: The sense of accomplishment from solving the puzzles together boosted team morale. This positive energy translated back to the workplace, with teams showing more enthusiasm and motivation in their regular tasks.
  4. Improved Communication: The necessity to discuss and debate strategies during the game led to improved communication skills. Teams learned to listen and value each other’s opinions, a change that carried over into their daily interactions at work.
  5. Desire for More: Post-activity feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing interest in participating in similar events in the future. This eagerness demonstrates the lasting impact of the activity on team dynamics and the overall work environment.

“The only thing we need to prepare at the company is the meeting room. For the general affairs and personnel staff, nothing could be easier and more appreciated. Plus, there’s this team-building activity that really makes the employees happy! For a company like ours that has to plan something every year, it’s tough to keep coming up with new ideas. So, it was really a great decision to ask the professionals for help. Our employees said it was the best team-building activity they’ve ever had.”

This testimonial from Fitch Ratings underscores the tangible impacts of the Suitcase Mystery, reinforcing the observations made in the earlier parts of this section. It serves as a powerful, real-world endorsement of the activity’s effectiveness in achieving the stated objectives.

In summary, Suitcase Mystery has proven to be an effective tool for fostering teamwork, unveiling diverse talents, and enhancing workplace relationships.

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