Just imagine taking half of your staff away from the office on a team building activity. How do you think the half who are left behind will feel?
Angry, upset, envious and undervalued yes, but they’ll also feel like they’re missing out.
And they’d be right. One of the many benefits of team building show that when you take a group of people out of their comfort zone, and ask them to work together on a new challenge, they’ll behave differently towards one another than when in the day-to-day office environment.
And they reap lots of benefits at a personal and professional level.
And you as an employer are set to benefit too – from a more cohesive, co-operative and closely bonded team.
But which activity is best for your people and organisation?
The choice is wide and varied. So it’s a good idea to think about the outcomes you want from your team building – and here are a few ideas to think about:
- Better co-operation between senior and junior staff
- Appreciation of one another’s differences and qualities
- Build trust between individuals
- Level out perceived hierarchy within teams
- Get to know one another’s strengths and weaknesses
- Improved team leaderships skills
- Increased commitment to your organisation
- Improved problem solving skills
- Appreciation of the different roles people have in the business
- More effective decision making
- Enhanced sense of ownership and responsibility
The list is not exhaustive by any means but it gives you a focus on the multiple benefits available to the business from a relatively small investment.
It’s worth talking with your events provider who can help you choose the most appropriate activity to achieve the outcomes you want.
And, taking into account the profile of your people, age, gender, desk-bound or active, they’ll short list a selection of activities to meet your criteria.
There’s no doubt a team-building event is much more than a jolly day out. And with set criteria, can prove to be a very smart investment in the future productivity of your staff.
And to prove it, here are a few comments from some of the people we have worked with:
“Had a great day, fast-paced and a good mixture of silly and skill full activities…our large teams have definitely worked better since the event.”
“…The day ended in perfect sunshine with an Awards Ceremony and everyone went home tired but happy with some great memories of the day. Most importantly, we all left as a closer and better team.”
And we mustn’t forget the value of organising a relationship building day for your customers too – show them you value their business, spend time with them, and they’re more likely to stay with you.
“A really great way to build customer relationships in an informal and relaxed way… allowing us to build strong business relationships, they are integral part of our customer relationship programmes.”
ITW Construction Products
For ideas and advice on outcome focused events, talk to our team here at Rhodes.