Team building events are a great way to bond your team and get them working more efficiently. They can help integrate new team members and identify strengths and weaknesses that you might never have noticed otherwise. They are also an excellent way to show the team that the company cares – which is never going to have a negative effect!
So how do you go about organising such a positive event and what do you need to consider!?
Age Groups and location
Who is in your team?
Is everyone ‘outdorsy’ in your group or does the idea of a full day running around outside fill the entire team with dread?
It won’t make for a very successful day if ‘close-to-retirement Bob’ is made to spend all day climbing over assualt courses and covered in mud and likewise, a day indoors watching motivational videos may make a younger group feel like they are back in school (generally with behaviour to match!)
How long can you get away from your desk?
Most corporate entertainment companies offer a wide variety of event lengths so you will easily be able to find something suitable whether you have 2 hours or 2 days. Bear in mind though that although overnight team building events seem like a brilliant idea but it may be that some of your team have families and commitments they can’t ignore (on the other hand, this may also serve to encourage a few nights escape away!)
What to do?
Gone are the days when team building meant sitting in a circle discussing the virtues of being a good listener or falling backwards hoping that your team will catch you. Now the options for team building are so vaired there can sometimes be too much choice! From paintball to go-karting to spy days, the options are endless.
From experience, I’ve always found is that having an initial idea gathering meeting then a further meeting where the team is given 3 ideas to vote on worked exceedingly well. It means everyone gets a say and no one can blame one person if the day turns out to be not what everyone imagined (taking the pressure off you too!)
…when it comes to organising your event, remember that you can never keep everyone happy so if only 50% of the team have a smile on their face before the event a quick reminder that they are spending a day away from their desks should ensure the other 50% soon follow suit!