Want to build your team in 2015? How to host an effective team-building day
Team building activities can do wonders for improving relationships in the workplace, as well as rewarding hard-working employees and encouraging them to work together and have fun at the same time. However, if poorly organised, team building events can be something that employees dread.
If you want to make your first team building day of 2015 a resounding success, follow these handy team building tips:
Set a budget. Your budget will determine how much you can do, what equipment you can afford and the venue you can hire, as well as accommodation and food and drink. Set a realistic budget before you do anything else, and do your best to stick to it.
Set clear goals. Before your day out of the office can take place, you need an idea of what you’d like to achieve. This may be simply strengthening relationships in a general sense, but it might be more specific like identifying potential leaders or bringing two departments together.
Consider the logistics. Two of the biggest things to bear in mind when planning this kind of event are transport and numbers. You need to plan how everyone will travel to the event and home again – it’s a good idea to choose a venue that is conveniently located for motorway and public transport links – and you need an accurate idea of numbers. Find out if the venue can accommodate your maximum, and see if you’ll be charged extra for drop outs.
Choose a versatile venue. Venues such as Weetwood Hall in Leeds, for example, have everything from four-star conference facilities to extensive playing fields and grounds, allowing organisations to plan practically all kinds of team building activities. Once you have an idea what you’d like to do, speak to your venue to ensure that they can accommodate your requests.
Ease the workload. You don’t want your employees to have to work longer hours and be more stressed trying to keep on top of their work because they need to attend your team building day. Try to ease the workload beforehand so that the event can go ahead.
Choose a convenient time. Employees might be reluctant to attend team-building events that interfere with their personal time. When planning the event consider employees’ personal schedules and keeping the activities within working hours.
Make activities interesting and unique. Your employees will have seen and done it all on previous team building days out, so think outside of the box when it comes to planning activities. Keep everyone engaged with an unusual task such as creating a large-scale ‘Art Attack’ piece of artwork on the ground, breaking a record, solving a detective case or taking part in ‘The Apprentice’ style business challenges.
If you’re interested in booking a team building event this year, get in touch with the team at Weetwood Hall in Leeds to discuss your ideas and find out about our versatile range of facilities.