There are several benefits to planning a team-building event: it boosts collaboration, communication, and productivity within the workplace by fostering a team of dedicated and friendly co-workers. Knowing how to plan a great team building event can make the day even more enjoyable and effective, and it might encourage employees to sign up again in the future.
If the corporate event is a success, employees are more likely to put in considerable effort into building their office relationships and creating a positive environment all around. Here are 5 tips for planning a team-building event in the spring.
Find A Fun Theme
By choosing an exciting theme, employees can’t help but have a good time, while building valuable work skills in the process. There are so many team-building event themes to choose from, and some of them are perfect for spring. For instance, you can plan a scavenger hunt that can be held at an indoor venue, with a few outdoor obstacles in between.
You can also try a cooking class and feature some of spring’s best seasonal eats, such as burgers, asparagus, artichokes, and strawberries. By having a few snacks or family-sized meals, it helps team members share in the experience and will further enhance the quality of the event. Plan the food ahead of time at a preferred venue, and make sure there’s enough for everyone.
Encourage Skills Following The Event
Don’t let the lessons end after the event—by instilling better work habits and following up employees after a team-building event with both routine, corporate events in the future and discussions at the office, you’ll promote greater memory retention and fixed patterns. For instance, consider implementing mediation breaks outdoors in the day (now that it’s warmer outside) during the workweek. Take what knowledge you gain from the event to new heights moving forward, by developing tighter bonds and a steadier workflow.
Work On Problem Solving
Using games and activities that emphasize problem solving will make your team-building event more successful at creating greater harmony on work projects and higher efficiency. Better collaboration will make problem solving easier and faster, which will enhance productivity all around. This will also improve direct communication and will prevent misinterpretations between co-workers. You can also work with a venue that has a list of reliable games to choose from, along with a couple of team prizes to encourage a little friendly competition.
Keep The Group Small
When planning a team-building event, you’re better off creating a bunch of different team-building events, made up of six-to-twelve people, rather than a large group, in order to boost intimacy and collaboration. When there are too many people, it’s hard to communicate as well and to hear and understand everyone’s input. If the group is small, it’s easier to work on those immediate connections and make sure everyone’s voice is heard. Divide the group into two or more teams ahead of time to save the hassle and avoid the dreaded player-picking situation.
Have A Few “Ice Breakers”
Think of a team-building event as a workout: unless you warm up, you might not get the finest results you were looking for (and it might even backfire, leading to an injury). In this case, that backfire might be negativity or distance among participants.
A great tip for hosting a team-building event is to begin with a few “ice breakers” to release any tension or anxiety and allow the group to feel at comfortable with one another and open to the experience. They might seem silly, but they’re incredibly effective. Have a list of pre-planned “ice breakers,” and consult with your venue for assistance; it acts as a one-stop-shop for all the details that go into putting on an event.
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