A Guide to Planning a Successful Team Building Event

Team building can bring a group of employees closer together, and teach them a lot about great communication skills. If you're interested in hosting a team building event for your employees, then there are a lot of steps you'll have to take. The first is to determine what goals you want to achieve through the different activities. This could be better communication, self-development, working together or even development of leadership skills. Each employee will have a chance to utilize their strengths while they are taking part in the activities, and work together to achieve one common goal.

1. Team Building Activities

No team building event is going to be complete without the activities that everyone takes part in. Before you choose the actual events, think about different problems that need to be addressed. Do you need better communication between managers and the team that works for them? Or are you having problems with people wanting to work individually rather than as a team? Once you realize what you want to change, it will be time to choose the exercises that you utilize.

Examples of Activities:

Group Survival - Have smaller groups come up with 10 things that they would need to survive in an extreme situation (possibly on a deserted island or zombie apocalypse). The group will have to work together to determine the 10 most important items that would lead towards their survival. This will encourage better communication, and ensure everyone can share their opinion on what they think is best to bring.

Trust Fall - This is a common trust exercise that couples use, but it's also effective for groups where co-workers need to trust each other. Have one person stand closely behind the other so that they can catch the other person when they fall back. The person who is falling back is putting their trust into the person behind them that they will catch them!

There is a wide variety of activities to choose from, so pick those that are going to help you achieve the goals that you have in mind. One thing to remember is that your activities should NOT be competitive. Your employees should be learning to work together and develop stronger communication rather than figure out how to get ahead of one another.

2. Venue

The venue that you choose is important, because you have to make sure it can fit everyone, but also accommodate the activities that you're planning on doing. Before you book a venue, think about: whether or not you will serve food/drinks, how many people will attend, if you need a lot of space and if you need to be close to parking or public transportation. You can get an idea of some venue spaces that accommodate team building exercises here.

Your budget is going to play a role in the venue that you choose, so you may want to think about how much money you have to spend before you ever book a spot. Make sure that you leave extra room in your budget for food, drinks and other expenses that may arise.

3. Guest List

The guest list will really depend on which groups within your company you want to work with. You should consider entry-level employees, but also managers and executives. Upper management should be just as involved with team building as the rest of the employees, because it's their job to manage and direct those people. By involving them you will be more likely to develop positive relationships with them and their employees.

4. Follow Up

Take pictures during the event of different teams working together, as you will be able to display these in the office in the future. You can even set up a photo booth if you want to capture different team members in fun moments. Also think about a follow-up event within the same venue, as team building should be continuous rather than "once in a while". By having team building events often throughout the year, you will build a stronger team of employees, and that can lead to increased efficiency in the office.

The last part of the follow up is to determine whether or not the exercises that were done were effective. Do you notice that people are working better together? Take notes throughout the year, and consider not only what worked, but also what did not. In addition to this, take notes on what needs to be worked on so you can anticipate future exercises and activities that may be able to provide solutions. [box type="note"]

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