There is a lot written about Team Building. A lot of it positive and some of it negative. The negative comments can include questions about the value – are team building events worth the money? Do they add value to the organisation?
Well, as with most things in life, the answer to this question is … “it depends.” Lets take a look at what it depends on.
The first factor in getting value from your team building is to understand your objectives and choose your activity accordingly. The more accurate you are with your objectives the more accurate you can be with your team building. Just be honest and choose accordingly. Are you after entertainment, physical activity, learning, a key message, bonding, something memorable, competition? There are plenty of options so you are almost certain to find something no matter what your objectives.
People enjoy doing something that’s a treat or that’s not something they would do on their own. Think about this when choosing your team building event. How unique is the activity? Is it something they could do or is it really only something that is possible in a group environment like the one you are planning?
You can get a lot out of your team building activity if you think about the timing. A mistake that’s often made is to leave team building till the last event of the conference. However if the event improves relationships and bonding then you can get more value if you run the activity at the beginning of your conference.
So – it doesn’t take much to get a lot out of your team building. Clear objectives, a unique activity, and timing can lead to a fantastic and memorable event.
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