It would shock you if you knew anything about your associate’s personal life. How can you benefit from their professional success if you don’t know much about them?
Did you know Betty, a single mother who has worked continuously for over 11 years and never taken a vacation? She updates her daughter, 19 years old,’s medical care on her vacation days. Her daughter was disabled in an accident at three years. Although she doesn’t talk about her personal problems during work, she is one of the most valued employees.
Jim’s wife, who has MS, is in a wheelchair for fifteen years. But he doesn’t complain. Because he cannot afford 24-hour care, he goes home every night to take over the daytime nurse he has hired.
Bill and his wife seem to have it all, living the high-life, loving every moment. But did you know that Bill and his wife struggle with the loss of their three children to a drunken driver 19 years ago?
This information was not on the resume. This information won’t be found in a background check. They don’t talk about their personal lives at work. Their closest friends are aware.
Team Building Events allow employees to get to know one another and, more importantly, to foster relationships that will support the company’s long-term success. The family feels more involved in the team and is encouraged to reach for higher goals. Success becomes family-oriented.
Although smaller companies might find success at a party or seasonal picnic, it is worth planning a team-building weekend or training with corporate programs. Below are three ways to increase your corporate connections:
1 – Plan a weekend of team-building events for families.
Choose a hotel that offers family services, suites, and a pool. Invite your entire corporate team to attend the event. You can also recognize your members. It should be short and sweet. Encourage family activities during the day.
2 – Increase the opportunities for families to interact during the event.
A trip to the zoo or book readings, games, and time for board gaming around tables are all significant events. You can offer ‘classes” that may be of interest to large numbers of employees’ families or invite family members to host “group events” for a brief period of time over the weekend.
3 – Includes a ‘night out on the dance floor’ with dinner and music.
Larger hotels may offer more formal spaces for music, dinner, and dancing. These events can be organized by cover bands, dance bands, or solo-cover musicians. Parents can still attend these events if they arrange child care.
Which team-building activities are your favorites?