Top tips for planning a team building event

It’s no secret that having a good team in place makes a huge difference to morale and productivity. It has positive impacts on retention and minimised turnover, and creates a pleasant environment for employees.

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Set some objectives

If you’d like to do some team building at your company, don’t be afraid to suggest it. It might be that you want to improve relationships, or maintain them, but be clear on what your objectives are. Perhaps you want to leave with a better-connected team or give employees the chance to spend some time with people they don’t normally mix with. Consider too how you will measure results afterwards to know if the event was successful. It might be as simple as before and after staff surveys.

Budget and logistics

Set clear parameters from the outset and you won’t get any nasty surprises. You might find an overall budget works best, or a cost per head. Don’t forget to factor in how you will get employees to and from the venue, or whether you will expect them to make their own way. Will you need catering or accommodation?

If you’re thinking team building would be great but it’s not something the business can afford, Forbes has an article to explain why you can’t afford not to.

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Your group will probably have different roles and personality types involved, maybe even different levels of seniority, so choose an activity that has lots of different tasks to be completed to allow someone else to lead, or people to try something they wouldn’t normally.

Try something different. You want your employees to be talking about this event for years, so opt for something they won’t have done before. Lots of unusual places now offer team building corporate events, so cast your net wide and try something like driving tanks with Armourgeddon

Working with experts will make the whole event run much more smoothly. You can discuss your objectives and requirements well in advance and allow them to build the activity around your team. They will often start the day with some sort of ‘warm up’ or introduction exercise, which is as much for them as it is for your team. It sets the tone for the day and allows the participants to get an understanding of what’s ahead.

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