Hosting teambuilding exercises is crucial to the development of employees. You want them to not only do the work at the office but also to strengthen their skills and values outside the workplace. With the right activities, it is possible to create an outstanding teambuilding exercise that the employees can learn from, and eventually apply at work. Before you start planning, these are a few things you need to consider when hosting teambuilding activities.
Determining the team’s needs
Not all companies are the same. Some things could be different including the nature of the job, the number of employees, philosophy of the company, and many others. Problems could also be unique in every company. Some employees have problems finishing things up on time. Others have personal disputes with one another. You can create an effective teambuilding activity if you understand what the needs are, and you address them thoroughly.
You need to have achievable goals before you plan the activity; otherwise, you will feel frustrated that the action did not yield anything. Set realistic targets that you can achieve within the number of hours or days that you set for teambuilding. Do not expect that everyone will become deeply connected or the employees will become highly productive upon return to work. You will only set yourself up for failure with those goals.
Find the right activity
Teambuilding exercises make people realise different values. Therefore, you need to come up with an activity that helps the participants reflect and imbibe positive values. For instance, if you want them to learn about overcoming difficult challenges, you might want to try the Huxley room escape game. It allows them to work hard until they defeat their enemies and come out on time. They need to be quick in answering puzzles and questions. If you want to emphasise teamwork, you can select from a bunch of outdoor activities and set the venue on a beach. Plan each part of the session carefully to achieve your goals.
Relevance to the job
You need to think of activities where employees can realise essential values, but also have skills that are transferable to their current post; otherwise, the teambuilding activity could be fun, but there is nothing for them to take home.
Create a team
Some companies hire experts in teambuilding. Others let their HR department do the job. Some team managers want to deal with the details themselves. Any option is okay, provided that you get involved in the process. You need to be there in making the objectives, identifying the activities and determining the venue for the exercise. You also need to have a robust team that will help you execute the activities.
Hopefully, you will achieve the results you desire to see after the teambuilding exercise. Evaluate the activity by asking your employees about how they feel. If there are areas that need improvement, you need to consider them for your next team building activity.