Team building is an important part of people management, and is highly-effective when it comes to onboarding new colleagues. Our guide covers the basics of organising a team-building activity, and the things you need to consider.
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Say the words ‘team building’ and at best you’ll receive looks of unease. At worst, you’re likely to see employees dashing for the nearest exit. There’s something about team-building events that create a sense of discomfort in even the most loyal of workers. However, team-building events can be extremely valuable when done right, boosting morale, improving teamwork and increasing productivity. We know that’s easier said than done, with so many different personality types to cater to, but organising a successful team-building event that everyone will enjoy isn’t impossible.
In organising a proper team-building activity, there’s a lot to take into consideration, from people’s personalities to finding the best activities for them. To help you through this somewhat daunting task, we’ve got a few tips and tricks for making sure things go off without a hitch at your next team-building event.
Know the team’s needs
When you set out to plan a team building activity, it’s important to know what you want to get out of it. It’s tempting to do some team building just because it’s the done thing to do, but there should always be specific reasoning behind it. Is it to get to know each other better? Is it to address a specific concern or for the team to learn something new?
Additionally, you’ll have to take seasonality and weather into account if you’re planning on doing something outside.
Develop an event day agenda
It will help your team if they know what it is they’re doing as part of your proposed team-building event. Devising an agenda can help you schedule out the day and easily communicate to your colleagues what exactly will be taking place, so that they can arrive prepared and focused.
Highlight the exact activities, arrival and departure times, meeting points and duration of activity. From here, they get a sense of what the day is going to look like and can start to make their own preparations in terms of getting work boxed off, doing any necessary event-related tasks and even mentally preparing themselves for the day itself. It’s recommended that you distribute the agenda a few weeks in advance.
Leave job titles at the door
Making everyone feel comfortable is a large piece of team-building events. One way you can ensure that all employees feel like they’re on equal footing is by forgetting about job titles and egos for the time being. It ensures better communication and team spirit when there are no subordinates or superiors, plus it allows those who usually wouldn’t be in such positions to show their own leadership style.
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