‘Not another boring company team building event,’ retorts a disgruntled employee. When such thoughts are the consensus among your employees, then there’s something wrong with how you’ve been planning your team building activities.
Team building events and games should be educational and enjoyable. From escape games to scavenger hunts, team building activities help employees build relationships, recognise achievements, resolve issues, and promote a better working atmosphere in general.
Planning plays a significant role in the success of any team building event. Through good planning, you can make sure that the good emotions and positive outcomes experienced in the team building event carry over to the office. Equally, poorly planned and implemented team building activities bring low morale, disillusionment, and negate motivation.
A clear objective
Every team building event should have a clear objective. It may appear as if the goal of team building is rather a clear cut – to create stronger teamwork. However, you need to be more specific with your objective to be able to organise an event that specifically addresses your team’s main challenges or objectives. Don’t try to deal with every problem using one event. If you want your employees to work better as a group, you can consider more specific areas of improvements such as:
- Strengthen the team’s capacity to listen to one another
- Time management
- Delegate tasks effectively
- Making team meetings productive
When you design your team building event around a specific and existing issue that your team is currently facing, the event will feel more appropriate to all attendees and lead to the biggest quantifiable impact.
Pick the right activity based on your objective and audience
Having defined the objectives of the team building event, organisers should choose a team building activity based on the objective and the audience. For example, a company may consider picking a cooking event because it seems like fun. However, the said event may not meet their objectives. If the objective is to create friendship, a recreational game like golfing, bowling, or a local marathon race could work.
Moreover, take into account the following demographics as well as psychographics of your employees when planning your team building event:
- What is the job type of the anticipated attendees?
- What is their age range?
- Do they have any physical limitations?
- Are there more men than women or vice versa?
These dynamics will help you pick the most suitable team building activity:
Small, manageable teams
When dividing the participants into teams, aim to keep the number of participants in a team manageable. Larger teams permit a few participants to separate themselves while others are pressing on. In contrast, smaller teams keep everybody engaged. Ideally, the number of participants in each team should range between six to 10 members. This ensures enough numbers to complete the task while no participant can check out without the rest of the teammates noticing.
Fun and engaging
Team building should be fun. An engaging event will capture the attention of your attendees from the beginning to the end. Moreover, a fun event helps boost better retention. If you have ever dealt with a low-energy group, you understand that when participants don’t connect with content and whatever is being communicated will not stick in their minds. In this regard, incorporating escape room games as part of your event increases the prospects of your teams retaining and applying your training long after the events.