Whether your team building event is for a school sports team, church group, or employees, one of the first steps in planning a successful session is choosing a venue that will support your goals — and part of that choice is deciding whether to stay indoors or go outside.
This seemingly innocuous factor can contribute to enthusiasm, energy levels, and the impact the event has on your group. Here’s a breakdown of what to consider for each type of environment so that you can make the best choice for the personalities, needs, and desired outcomes of your particular group.
Planning an event outdoors has its advantages. Beautiful weather during this time of year adds to the appeal for team members tired of being stuck inside a school or office building, and open space gives everyone the luxury of moving around comfortably during active games.
While weather is a potential advantage, it’s really a double-edged sword. No one can predict it with 100 percent accuracy, and a rainy day will require a last-minute change of venue. But with a little planning, an outdoor team building event setting can serve as a break in routine, making the lessons learned more memorable. Just make sure to check on:
- Sources of electricity (for sound, visual, or other equipment).
- How active mosquitos and other bugs are.
- Seasonal allergies that could affect your team.
- A place in the shade to cool off.
As long as you do your homework on these items, your team will enjoy the chance to bond in a natural setting without discomfort or distraction.
On the other hand, holding a team building session indoors solves many of the concerns created by an outdoor event. The temperature is controllable. Rain can’t disrupt the activities. And the occasional discomfort that deters people from being out in the open is completely ruled out.
However, your team will only benefit from these advantages if the indoor space serves the needs of the event. Make sure any venue you’re considering:
- Has enough open space to accommodate the activities and the size of your group.
- Has electrical outlets, A/V equipment, and spaces for breakout sessions if needed.
- Is preferably off site. Your team will have a tough time keeping their minds from wandering back to emails and projects in an office conference room.
The right facility that fulfills these and the specific requirements of your team building itinerary can feel just as fun and active as an outdoor event with added predictability.
When it comes down to the final decision, considering the preferences of your group, the time of year, the goals for the session, and the resources available to you will be the determining factors. But whether you choose to go in or out, know that achieving long-lasting, real results and keeping the team spirit alive is possible in either kind of environment.
If you’re interested in having us help tease out the details, we can also customize a team building or private event just for your group. We travel anywhere within the US, and here are two videos showing small samples of the hundreds of activities we use to make teams work together better… Let us know if you’d like to book a program!
We also offer many free resources you can utilize today!
Check out our Resources Page, Take our Team Assessment, dig deep into your assessment results with our companion document: Boosting Team Performance at Every Stage, or possibly attend the next available Games We Play Workshop!
Group Dynamix also offers plenty of events and activities that can be done anywhere in the U.S. to help connect and grow your team’s abilities and effectiveness (the two are not synonymous).
Ready to get your team more cohesive, motivated, and engaged? Learn more about booking your team building event by filling out a short form online or calling 972-416-9646 today!
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