It makes full sense that happy and united team members will perform better than that of an unhappy and divided isn’t it? This is well known among companies but still are focused on the “doing what it takes” to achieve goals and working on the culture becomes a low priority.
Team building is a great way to unite a group, address weaknesses and develop strengths. But too often, the planning party misses the point by having nor goal or a real thought in mind. When this happens, the activity becomes a waste of time and the managers may risk losing the team’s respect when the team building does not really help or address the matters at hand. To get the most out of the team building initiative, follow these steps.
Define Goals for the Team Building Initiative
The most important step when planning a team building comes right at the very start. You must figure out what challenges the team is facing. Only then that you can choose the exercises that will be effective to help them work through these issues. Once you have properly evaluated the causes of your team’s concerns, you would then start to plan the exercises that will address these problems. This will help the team members to derive the real benefit of the event.
Do Not Make it Such a Burden
Team building should occur during regular office hours so team members can join in the exercise. Evaluate the current workload and consider moving the deadlines or plan the event during the off-peak periods. If not capable, try to rotate the team to cover the hours alternately.
Check in with everyone after the activity is over to see if the activity had made an impact and is positively affecting the business. Did the initiative work after a few months? Try to find out the successful part of the team building so you would know what is best to motivate your employees in the future. If the activity did not go as planned or was not reaching the expectation, collect some feedback so you can do some adjustments in the next team building.
To capture all the fun of the activity, add a photo booth in the mix and keep the photos in your office walls as a constant reminder of the culture that drives the business.