Incorporating team building activities into your organization can wonder for your team. It’s obvious that a happy team is the key to employee retention, increased productivity and staff morale. Whether you’re a large or start-up organization, there are a million ways to keep your team happy and motivated. A good start to achieving your objective is to engage in team-building activities. Unsurprisingly; team building activities can either be branded as failed or successful depending on how you conduct them.
Here are 7 essential tips for successful team-building activities.
1. Plan well and get organized.
As a reliable team leader, you must ensure that work-affiliated events are well attended to be deemed successful. As you would have thought, nothing works out well without a good plan. Realistically; team building activities should take place within the official working hours for convenience. Plan well in advance and organize everything accordingly to avoid last-minute disappointments. Consider delegating responsibilities early, inform the team in advance, organize transport, venue, snacks and day’s program proactively e.t.c.
2. Set clear goals and expectations.
What’s the purpose of team building activities? Therefore; you need to have a clear picture of what you are anticipating to achieve. Do you intend to encourage teamwork, collaboration, team cooperation, boost morale, improve communication, and solve a problem or just doing it to give your team a break from work?
3. Choose Inclusive activities.
There should be no restrictions whatsoever as far as accessibility and inclusivity are concerned. Go for team building activities that encourage cohesiveness and teamwork. We all have our preferences when it comes to physical activities. Empower your team members to give their opinions or preferences to make it all-inclusive bearing in mind that team building activities are supposed to build teamwork, togetherness, better professional relationships and increased productivity.
4. Get the location right.
Engaging in team-building activities within the working environment may not achieve the intended purpose. A change of environment can be a great morale booster for your team. They need something else apart from being in the office. Take it out somewhere interesting, convenient and easily accessible. A good location will spark curiosity and interest from your staff. Choose a nice place for your team to have fun and interact with each other well.
5. Lead by example.
Team building activities are meant to promote effective communication, encourage creativity, boost team morale and promote better relationships. Organizing something and not being part of it can easily become meaningless. A good leader should lead from the front not behind. Be sure to participate and engage in all activities to inspire your team.
6. Make it exciting.
Consider spicing up the day by choosing adrenaline-generating team building activities. On top of that include music, food &beverages, reward teams that collaborated to win or the most creative ones. Sometimes, it takes small gestures to make team-building fun and exciting.
7. Gather feedback.
To determine whether your team building activities were successful or not you’ll have to evaluate and follow up after the event. Start by thanking everyone who showed up and participated in making the day worthwhile. Ask yourself: Did I achieve the set goals or expectations through the team building event or not? Where did things go right? Encourage constructive feedback and learn from it for the sake of the next team building event.
Find a way of creating a buzz about the event to get everyone excited and you’ll have a great day.