Team building is vital to the long-term success of a business. Many times these sessions are done in classes that offer lessons and activities. However, some companies don’t have the money for that. Doing teamwork sessions at work can reduce the cost and increase the reward in ways that after work sessions can not.
Think About the Goal
When you are looking to have a teambuilding session, you should first think about your goal for the session. This could be something broad for the whole company or specific to one division. The goal should be SMART. In other words, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. A few examples of general teambuilding goals are listed for inspiration.
Develop the List of Attendees
Once you have your goal, you will need to determine who will attend. If you’re focusing on improving communications among your marketing teams, your list should be the market team. On the other hand, if you’re working on improving relationships among executives, then the list should be all the executives.
Creating a complete list of who will be attending will help with planning all the different aspects of the event including coordination and what will be done. Make sure to note of those people’s schedule and any limitations that they may have.
Create the Plan
Once you have the plan for who will be attending and what the goal is, you need to create the plan for what they will be doing. Think about what their interests, struggles, and strong points are. Following is a list of what you could do at your team building workshop and what it helps with.
Create the Schedule
Once you have your activities together, next, you’ll need to make the game plan. This is the calendar that you will follow that day. Make sure you’re planning based on when people will be there and what makes the most sense in terms of the order.
You’ll want to make lively tasks interspersed with the boring tasks to make sure people are staying interested. Don’t forget to leave time for breaks and food if you aren’t making food into an activity.
Send the Plan
This final step is optional. If you know that the team will all be there, then you do have the option to surprise them with a teambuilding day. In its way, that will teach them to go with the flow and expect the unexpected. However, if you opt to let them know about their training day, then don’t forget to tell them to bring anything they might need and that they all need to be present on that day.