If you’re dealing with ongoing workplace challenges and you don’t feel you’re getting the best out of your team, then perhaps it’s time to get some team building activities organised. Team building activities can really work as solutions to your problems and go a long way in helping improve important skills which will help your team work well together, helping them to become more productive and have a positive can-do attitude.
As well as being a lot of fun, one or two days out on a team building activity can help create a better work environment for your team. Wherever you go, a well-chosen event can often customise the day’s activities to suit your team by meeting the specific needs of your business, whether it’s large or small. These can result in great positive changes in the workplace.
Getting Positive Results
You want to foster a positive environment where there is healthy competition and a real buzz in the office where everyone is on the same page, and everyone wants to win.
Talk About Your Goals
Make sure you know what your goals are and that your team know what they are too. A sense of purpose is a great thing, and if they’re working on a project with an end goal in mind then it’ll give them a real idea of where they’re going with it, and more importantly, why they’re doing it. A team building activity will help emphasise the importance of results and this can help reinforce the notion that getting results is a good thing.
Fit the Team Activity to the Project
Depending on what your goals are, try to choose a team building activity that fits in around that. It’ll help get the message across clearer and make it more fun. Matching goals to your team’s projects, or at least finding one that matches it the most will really help to get your team motivated.
Make it Fun and Encourage Your Team to Take Part.
It won’t be that easy with some of your team to encourage them to turn up for something which is basically a work event. However, by making it as fun as possible and choosing something that’s as close to what they’re doing in the workplace, but highlights the fun parts of it, then you may get a more positive response. Make sure they see as a place where they can blow off some steam as well, not just another boring work meeting.
Brief Them Beforehand
If your team know what’s expected of them before you go, they’ll be excited for all the right reasons. Don’t spring it on them 5 minutes beforehand, this will only cause alarm and misgivings about why you’re making them do this. By planning ahead and explaining clearly what the team activity is going to be about, your team will look forward to it and know what to expect.
Making the Most of Team Building Activities
We hope we’ve provided enough insight into getting the most out of team building activites to make it something you’ll enjoy preparing for your team. A team building exercise should be about bonding, communicating and relaxing in the company of fellow workmates, an environment where they can get to know each other better. If it’s planned well and chosen well, then your team will benefit enormously and once they’re back in the office, you should hopefully see those benefits manifest themselves in the workplace.