It can be difficult to plan a team building event. These seven steps will help you make sure your employees have a blast and learn valuable lessons for their workplace interactions.
Here are seven steps to plan a successful team building event.
1. Decide what you want.
This is the most important aspect of an event. The preparation and decision-making about what team building activities you want to offer your participants are key. You can sometimes make some progress in building relationships by having weekly bonding sessions or fun de-stressing opportunities to laugh and learn together. If you don’t have the experience to facilitate team-building activities or you desire a more comprehensive and productive set of results, you might consider hiring a team building trainer.
A team-building coach is able to create unity and improve communication within your staff by using a variety of games and challenges. They should be energetic and focused on the experiential activities (not lecturing) that your group will need.
2. Decide on a budget and a place.
After you have decided what your team building day should accomplish, you will need to choose a location and budget. This will ensure that you achieve your goals. An off-site location may be necessary if you want to reward employees who have completed a large project successfully. You want them to get to understand each other, work through personalities and communicate issues. After you’ve established the goals and budget, you can plan the activity at the best location.
3. It should be scheduled at a convenient time.
A team building day with activities for employees will be more popular if it’s held during work hours. Keep your employees’ work schedules and other obligations in consideration when scheduling the event. Also, consider your current calendar and any ongoing projects. It is best to identify and resolve issues before the project starts or before major changes are made. Schools often set dates for their semesters in order to encourage staff cooperation.
4. Make it unique.
Unique experiences and fun are the best way to bring people closer together.People are interested in allowing their employees to have fun and interact with each other outside of the office. It is definitely worth providing bonding experiences.
True “Team Building” involves engaging learning activities that are unique and fun. They can also be used to spark discussions and provide insights that can be applied in everyday interactions to improve the organization’s culture. When choosing a fun activity, think about your employees’ interests and fitness levels. If you are looking for a more meaningful event, consider a day of business team building with more specific and meaningful challenges.
5. Don’t be attached to job titles.
A successful team building day will be a success if all employees feel equal, regardless of their office positions. During team building activities, emphasize to your employees that office titles don’t exist. Everyone should be encouraged not to keep their ego in the back of their heads! Being on an equal footing with others and without any perceived supervisors or subordinates allows for greater communication and creativity.
6. Find out who is needed to “grow together.”
Each team or organization has at most one or two people who struggle to communicate or cause problems with others. It may be a good idea to plan ahead to arrange your people in the groups that are most needed to build stronger relationships.
Place any personalities in the group who are clashing with someone or a department to allow them to learn together. It is often possible to force team members to overcome obstacles, come up with innovative solutions, or learn more about the backgrounds of others. This can strengthen relationships between people who have had a difficult time working together in the past.
7. Get feedback.
Ask your team to give anonymous feedback two or three weeks later about the team building event. These feedbacks can help you plan future events that are similar or better. It is similar to bridge maintenance: team building is an ongoing process that is never complete. There are always new relationships that can strengthen and leadership skills that can improve.
You can find out what your group enjoyed and didn’t like about the event or what they were able to use to improve your organization culture. This will allow you to address your concerns and reevaluate your goals for future events.
A team building day’s true value is not how much fun and engagement people have while participating in the activities. You should not only be interested in the laughter and lighthearted lowering of stress levels.
You should provide your team with the knowledge and tools to improve their day, priorities and attitudes by hosting a quality team building event.
Your attention to these seven steps will determine the return on your investment. If you’re serious about creating an event that builds team spirit, you’ll enjoy the rewards of good preparation.
Team building is a safe and fun way to increase communication, teamwork and leadership skills. It also includes the opportunity for laughter and learning from group activities.
Sean Glaze is an author, coach, speaker and facilitator for team building. He entertains, informs and influences audiences through a unique combination of dynamic content and interactive activities.