Teams do not come together naturally. You can hire people who fit into your company culture, but even if they all knew each other before coming to work at your startup, they’ll have trouble meshing together right off the bat. You’ll want to put them through a few team building events as soon as possible so they can start working at their best. Here are 7 ways you can make sure those events are as efficient and as effective as possible:
1. Make Sure the Event is About Working Together
Healthy competition is usually great for the workplace. It can inspire the properly motivated to push harder, often in a fun way. However, you can’t have healthy competition without a strong, collaborative foundation built on understanding – you’ll just have people trying to one-up each other, which isn’t necessarily good for your company.
Keep your team building events focused on getting them used to working together to find solutions, and you’ll get that critical foundation.
2. Plan All-Inclusive Events
The critical mistake many team building event planners make is not making their events accessible to everyone participating. Basketball games or rappelling sound fun, but not everyone has the physicality or taste for such things.
Make sure everyone is game before throwing them into a pool.
3. Make Sure Everyone’s On the Same Page
Every team building event has a purpose beyond building camaraderie. Sometimes, it’s to reorient groups after an infusion of new personnel. Other times, it’s to help ingrain company culture.
Whatever the case, make sure everyone, from the planners to the participants, know what it’s about. The participants don’t necessarily know how you plan on accomplishing said goals, but they should know why they’re there.
4. Do It on a Work Day
Going out of town or just out of the office for a team building event might be fun, but it’s still hours out of everyone’s day. Setting on a weekend means that the event is taking time away from your employees. No matter how fun it could be, it’s still an office related activity. Keep the events scheduled for work hours. Think of them as another workplace task, rather than an additional block.
5. Get Out of the Office
While not necessary for some team building events, the occasional trip out of the office can make those bigger activities easier and more effective. Simply not being where they usually work can relax your team and make them more personable. If the activity is successful, they may bring that comfort and togetherness back into the office.
6. Help the Community
Team building events are meant to unite your team and to lubricate their efficiency and effectiveness. A good way to do that is to not just put a problem in their way, but to give that problem greater meaning.
Volunteer work that helps the community is a great way to do that. As an additional bonus, it can help you develop stronger ties to your locale.
7. Find Out What Your Team Thinks
You won’t just hold one team building event for your company, and you won’t get it perfect the first time. Make sure to gather feedback from participants afterward to help streamline and design future activities.
Team building activities can maximize the value of your team and help them become the most productive members they can be. They’re also fun and can shake up the monotony of the grind most jobs inevitably boil down to. Use them liberally, and you’ll see the benefits rolling in.