Tips for Better Team Building Activities
September 3, 2015 People & Society
It is a waste of precious working time and hard-earned money to go for a team building event that won’t have any effect. Team building activities are meant to help the organization’s bottom line – increase productivity. It should cement working relations among employees, and between the employees and their managers. A good team building event should help to foster closer relationships. It should also increase motivation and enhance performance of the employees. Having a successful team building activity is dependent on its planning. The event might end up being be a total flop and waste of time simply because of improper planning. So, how do you increase the success rates of your team building programs? Keep on reading.
Set a budget and goals
How much do you want to spend on the event? And, what do you want to achieve from it? Are you seeking to reward your employees for hitting the yearly targets? Do you want them to socialize and know each other better? Or do you want to create a spirit of togetherness in the workplace? Setting the goals and the budget will set the pace for the team building program.
Set a convenient time
One of the reasons why team building activities fail is setting the event on the wrong day. When picking a date, keep your employees’ personal obligations and schedules in mind. It would be ideal to pick a working day as this will not interfere with anyone’s personal time. You might consider the cost implication of skipping work just to play and have fun, but the rewards will be worth the sacrifice. It is also important to set convenient time during the event day. For instance, if you have team members with kids in school, makes sure that the program does not interfere with pick-up time.
Reduce their workload
You don’t want your team members being absent-minded during the event as they think of the workload awaiting them at home. Put less on their table that week. Reschedule their project deadlines or reduce their sales targets that week to take into account that time that is going to be spent during the team building event.
Hire a professional
If you do not have experience in hosting team building activities or you barely have time to plan for it, consider hiring a professional team building facilitator. A good facilitator can be the ultimate solution to having a successful team building program. They know the exact games and activities to use to help you achieve your goal. When choosing a facilitator, look for their training background, experience and have a preview of their past events.
Be creative and make it interesting
Unique and fun activities are the best way to achieve success in your team building program. It does not have to be the usual hike on the mountain or volleyball at the beach; try something completely new. This can be anything from visiting a concert to taking a short art or cooking class to watching a movie together to going wake-boarding. You might want to consider the fitness levels and the interests of your team members when deciding on the activity.