Team building is a common culture across organizations. For some, team building programs enhance group skills, communication and bonding in the organization, while others do so just for the experience of the activities performed. Regardless of the objective, team building activities have a positive impact on an organization’s productivity. This is because they empower employees. However, when team building activities become monotonous, they might end up having a counter effect. So, if you are responsible for planning the program in your office, you need to be creative enough to make sure that your programs don’t bore the participants. By following these tips you’ll be able to execute the most extraordinary team building programs for your organization.
Create a common vision and goals
Teams building activities should not just be a norm or events that have to appear in the company’s calendar. It is important to have a clear vision of the activities. Where do you want to go with the team building activities? What do you want to have achieved from programs ten years to come? Try to find out why the management came up with the idea of team building activities in the first place. Besides that, make sure that you set goals for the upcoming event. It could be that you want it to break tension that is amongst the employees, orient new employees into the group or simply motivate the people. Ensure that everyone understands the goals.
Get support from management
Management plays a key role in “keeping the programs alive.” Ensure that the owners, managers and supervisors in the organization are following up with the needs of employees, and keep emphasizing on how team building can help to meet these needs. The management also plays a major role in ensuring that the learning from team building activities is brought back to the workplace. You may recommend coaching programs so as to sustain the learning.
Take your programs out of the office
Holding team building activities in the office is not only boring, but also distracting and disruptive. In fact, it might end up being another day in the office if all you keep doing is answering phone calls and emails. Avoid such inconveniences by looking for an outdoor space. And, be creative when it comes to choosing your venue. Don’t pick the ordinary parks, where all the employees are likely to have visited. To keep the program spirit high, use a different venue for every program.
Spend time learning the needs of your team
If you want to have extraordinary team building programs, spend time learning what your participants want to get out of the events. What can be incorporated in the program to enhance its effectiveness? You can do this through focus groups, email questionnaires or individual meetings. Evaluate their needs and ideas and make sure that they are integrated in the program. This will make your team building efforts more productive and focused. The amount of time you invest assessing the needs of your team members is directly proportional to the success of the program.