Team building activities are responsible for employee motivation, communication and productivity. Many companies spend over billions of dollars on team building events to make and retain stronger teams.
- Know your target audience
Your primary approach should be to understand who your target audience is. Know your employees to get an idea as to what team building exercise will be suitable for them. This will help you define the purpose of your event as well. Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your employees will make sure that you choose the right exercises to minimise the negative results. Just like before launching a product, you identify your potential customers; before organising a team building event, you need to determine the right set of exercises for your employees.
- Set tangible goals
Define the purpose of your event, i.e. why is the team building event organised? Is it shed off stress from their minds or is it to get them comfortable with each other and the organisation? Moreover, put a number on it, i.e. is it a three-four day outdoor event or just a single work away day? Once these questions are answered, get on with the goals of the event. Make sure you set tangible goals so that you can measure the success of each team and the success of your event. This will also guide the exercises and their approach towards them.
- Plan corporate away days
Outdoor events are considered better if your employees are working in front of a desk every day while indoor ones are preferred if your employees are working in the field every day. The idea is to change their environment to make sure they realise that they are away from the work environment, and can be stress-free. This will encourage a friendly atmosphere, which will further inspire them to get to know each other outside of work. The team will become stronger if the employees trust each other and are more comfortable with one another. This does not mean that the event needs to last for more than two-three days, however, estimate an effective away day event based on your analysis in the first step.
- Ensure meaningful conversation
Team building is all about communicating with one another. Effective communications resolve conflicts, builds trust and encourage productivity. It is the most powerful team building tool, which is why every activity should focus on different styles of communication.
- Encourage healthy competition and overall growth
As the leader of the organisation, you should encourage healthy competition among your employees. This is possible only when you teach them how wrong are unfair practices, such as bootlicking. Your team building exercises will make them recognise your stand towards competition, and if you are what you preach, then they will also strive towards it. In the end, it is all about growing as an individual, right? Tell them how being motivated, determined and righteous will help them grow.
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