4 Ways To Make Your Team Building Day More Successful
Team building days tend to get a bit of a hot and cold reception in conversation, and people’s opinion of them tend to be based on their previous experiences. Volunteer events, field trips, physical activity – there are all kinds of team building ideas out there. Some work and some clearly don’t, and finding the best ones for your company can be a tricky task. The most successful team-building activities accomplish an objective and can be a healthy, productive departure from the monotony of work. A team that is on the same page communicates effectively, collaborates seamlessly and has fun – all important ingredients in building a positive, engaging culture. But how do you plan a team building event that will challenge your employees, make them laugh and help them grow?
If you want your team building day to strengthen the bonds between employees, ask them what they want to do. You might find that some would like to volunteer, to do mental games, physical obstacle courses or even a climbing day. By engaging your employees in the planning process, they are more likely to enjoy and get actively involved in the day if it represents their idea of fun.
Add Some Competition
If you really want people to bond and enjoy themselves at the same time, there is nothing better than some healthy competition. But instead of challenging team to build the tallest freestanding structure out of spaghetti and marshmallows (which has been done to death), try giving them some truly unique challenges, our assault courses, human table football, climbing walls and laser clay pigeon shooting all allow your teams to get fuelled up and competitive in a very active way. With a good mix of solo and group activities, teams can cheer on individuals and work together to beat each other in group games. The physical activity will also release endorphin, making everyone feel good and enjoy the day. By allowing your team to play, it feels less like work and more like an enjoyable activity, allowing them to relax, open up and get to know each other in a much more effective way.
Each and every team is different, and some will be more inclined to get involved than others. When planning a team building or bonding day, you need to make sure you have planned something that most people won’t have a wide range of experience in so that everyone will start on an equal footing. Choosing heavy physical activities all day might alienate less physically able members of the team, for example. Try and plan an activity around something unusual but challenging that will mean everyone is a little out of their comfort zone so that everyone will feel they are able to speak and participate.
Even the most perfect team building day doesn’t guarantee results on its own. That’s why it’s so important to follow up on the activities and lessons learned and express how they can be applied to everyday working life. Instead of treating them as a one time cure all, make a point of utilising them regularly and following up on specific goals. Use them as the opening ceremony for continuing to drive towards success, and be sure to measure employee performance and productivity in the lead-up to and the aftermath of a team building event. Here you will be able to gauge the success of your events and if anything was learned from them.
At Monster Event Hire, we specialise in creating fantastic team building and corporate events for all types of business. Our experts can guide you through breaking the ice and creating great team spirit with a wide range of inflatable activities for the perfect work day out. From human table football to assault courses, Total Wipeout competitions, and giant darts, we have something for everyone. For more information, or to book your team building day, get in touch with us today.