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Choosing the right team building activity

Team building is a great way to give your team the boost it needs and can often help you to improve communication, productivity and morale.  That being said, success hinges on choosing the right team building activity to suit your team and your objectives.  Here’s a useful guide to choosing the right activities and the questions you need to ask before jumping in:

What do you want to gain from team building?

Team building is often used to:

  • Boost morale
  • Improve communication
  • Give staff a chance to get to know each other
  • Better understand a team’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Encourage team work between departments
  • Manage organisational change
  • Improve performance and/or productivity

Before you dive in, give careful consideration to your objectives as this should be the guiding force behind your choice of team building activity.

Decide if you need a team bonding or team building event.

Once you have identified your objectives, you will be able to start thinking about whether they will be achieved through a team building or team bonding event.

Team bonding, sometimes referred to as team incentives, focuses on rewarding staff or building the morale of the team.  If your team is working well and you are just looking to boost morale, then you’re probably in need of a team bonding event, as opposed to team building.  Team bonding doesn’t have to stop with your employees; for many companies, their staff’s family are just as important which is why they choose to reward and thank their teams with a Family Fun Day.

Although we are going to concentrate on the latter in this article, check out our range of theme nights, such as fun casino nights or Pub Olympics which are great for team bonding.

By contrast, team building centres on a specific goal which aims to improve one or more aspects of team work, such as communication, collaboration, flexible thinking or creative thinking; in other words, the key components of a successful team.  The good news is, bonding is often a by-product of team building as the activities can be fun and provide a fantastic morale boost.

How long can you afford to spend on team building?

Next, consider how much time you can afford to put aside for team building.  Team building events can last anywhere between half a day and a full day.  If your sole focus is on team building, then a full day team building event would work well.  If team building is just one element of a larger event, such as a conference or corporate away day, then a half day team building activity or even just an icebreaker may be more appropriate.

What is your budget for team building?

Of course, time is not the only cost of team building.  Whilst there’s no need to break the bank, it is worth investing in the services of a professional team building company as they will understand exactly how to help you reach your goals and have the resources in place to do it.

At this stage, the last thing you want is to spend hours researching an event to find that it doesn’t meet your budget.  Start with a clear budget in mind and ask potential suppliers to recommend activities within your price range.  Remember to give them a clear idea of your objectives from the start as it’s no good spending money on any activity if it’s not going to get the result you’re looking for.

If you need help making your budget go that extra mile, read our 10 tips to save your company money on its next event.

Indoor or outdoor team building?

The next step is to decide whether you’re going to organise an indoor team building event or outdoor activities.  This could come down to the preferences of your team and which activity suits your objectives best.  Although the Great British weather is often unpredictable, it’s worth considering the time of year and what the weather might be like when choosing whether to go with an outdoor or an indoor activity.

Choosing a venue for team building.

One of the most stressful parts of arranging a team building event can be the finding of a suitable venue. Luckily, we’re on hand to help as we offer a free venue finding service to help you find the perfect place to host your event.

Can everyone take part in the chosen event or activity?

Some activities are just not suitable for everyone, but the good news is that every activity we offer can be tailored to suit for most people. Taking the Crystal collection, as an example the challenges vary from some which are slightly physical to others which are quite cerebral so everyone can contribute and work to their strengths.

If you need help choosing the perfect team building activity to meet your needs, call us now on 0114 270 0330 or click the live chat button on the left side of the screen.

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