Faults to Avoid and Things to Do for an Efficient Teambuilding
Organizing a teambuilding activity can be a daunting yet very fulfilling task. It entails careful planning and can be mentally draining, but it can also be a notable achievement. It is a big deal to be able to facilitate something that benefits all employees while making sure that they have a great time creating value for the organisation.
Among other things, the most important factor in a teambuilding activity is the sequence of events. Organizers should get this right as the right flow can efficiently improve a team’s productivity, encourage contentment and foster interaction and collaboration. Otherwise, if sloppily implemented, employees will get nothing from it, and it will just cost a company a significant amount of investment. This is a challenge taken on by organizers with the end goal of delivering employee expectations and ensuring companies gets their money’s worth.
If you are tasked to organize a teambuilding session, below are 10 Do’s and Don’ts you should bear in mind:
DO utilize the session to address key challenges and success barriers faced by the team or the company. It is important to consult with everyone involved to know the extent of activities you have to include relative to their concerns. Challenges given in the teambuilding should be reminiscent of their actual challenges they face in the workplace.
DON’T capitalize too much on work. Sure, you can make a brainstorming session part of your program, but make it short and sweet so as not to feel dragging. As much as possible, keep everyone in high spirits by throwing in fun or inspiring activities they can do by pairs or group. The last thing an organizer wants is to lose the interest of participants in the middle of the program.
DO find a good site. It is best to hold a session in a confortable room, on the beach, or somewhere that is conducive to recreation. Employees need to be far from their workstations to clear their thoughts and not be bothered by the usual office stuff. If there are budget constraints, an open space nearby or in the company’s building can be considered.
DON’T be formulaic. Explore different exciting activities, and try to avoid the conventional. You can pattern your program on existing ones, but do check out new options you can tailor fit to it. For instance, when you see that employees are collectively into buffet dinners on payday nights, hold an eat-all-you-can food tasting session to get them together and interact.
DO document your session by taking photos and videos to be shared with everyone post event. This is to remind participants of the fruitful activities they enjoyed, and is also a good segue to feedback collection.
DO have a good balance of mental and physical activities. Too much mental activity can be draining, while too much physical activity can be demanding for some participants. Some organizers tend to make teambuilding sessions heavy on physical activities. This is not exactly a bad thing as tug of war and Amazing Race themed activities can make the session more memorable, but not everyone has the stamina for these, especially if there’s too much. No one likes enjoys getting forced into something, so factor in mental activities to make sure everyone is covered.
DON’T think that it ends in a day. Given that teambuilding is a continuous effort, do not assume that a single session can address all raised concerns and will not need a follow through. That is not the case. If properly rolled out, however, it can be a good foundation to resolving bigger concerns.
DO ask for feedback. Prepare feedback forms for dissemination after the event to get the participants’ view of it, and suggestions for improvement, if any.