With the holidays and the new year approaching, many people are looking for the time to connect and reflect. As a company, you might be considering ways to use that time to strengthen your team. Whether you have never done it before or are looking for new ways to do it, the task may seem daunting. There are unlimited things to consider when planning a teambuilding event, but here are our 4 steps you should follow.
1. Identify your version of team building
There are three main types of team events—team bonding, team building, and team development. Team bonding means fun is the objective. Under this version, you might be looking for new ways to interact and deepen relationships through shared experience. Team building is the process of starting your team in the early stages and establishing a firm foundation. This might be especially helpful when working with different personality types. Team development is the most focused version of teambuilding. It might involve taking your team through the process of preventing or working through departmental issues. It could also prepare you for an upcoming busy season, or otherwise be utilized to increase productivity or commitment to the team.
2. Determine whether you want to hold your teambuilding event in-house or off-site
It might be cost-effective for you to run your event in-house. If you choose to do so, we a few of minimum-prop activity resources here that would help you build your agenda. However, we do recommend that you host your event off-site. This is the best way to refresh your team dynamics and ensure proper engagement in the team building process.
3. Find an appropriate space
a. If you are doing an in-house event, make sure you have a convenient space where you can hold different activities. The main things to look for are size, amenities, and openness of the space. A conference room might work, so long as you can clear out any tables and chairs, as needed. Other amenities worth considering for this option are food and drinks, and any supplies needed for team building activities.
b. If you are holding an off-site event, it is necessary to consider those same factors. For more information on what to pay attention to when searching for an event space outside of the workplace, refer to our article here.
4. Assign a leader and event facilitators.
a. If you are holding your event in-house, designate a leader – or assume the role yourself to design and lead the event. As mentioned earlier, the event leader is often most effective if they are from outside of your organization, even if the event is in your building. Once you have these things in place, be sure to have all the activity supplies you need.
b. If the event is off-site, find professionals who fit your needs of bonding, building, or development. Group Dynamix offers all of these things in depth and breadth, under one roof. Request a quote online via our inquiry form, and one of our Event Consultants will respond to you by email by the end of the next business day. We will ensure that we are on the same page regarding your event objectives, right up to the day you arrive at Group Dynamix.
These steps should get you off and running to creating a thoughtful, methodical team building event. Whether you are planning for fun, foundations, or development, choosing the right structure to operate in will make your intentions flourish beautifully. Take the first step in planning your exciting team-building activity or event by calling us at (972) 416-9646 or filling out our inquiry form to get a quote.