Question: What’s the one thing you can do to motivate employees, build camaraderie, and strengthen leadership – all while helping your staff understand company goals and vision?
Answer: Hold a team-building event. It’s a great way to boost the morale and spirit of any group. And (despite the collective groan I can hear echoing through cyberspace) they CAN be fun. Just follow these seven simple steps to make sure that your event is a success and not a flop:
- Get out of the office. If each day looks pretty much the same for your employees, shake things up a bit. Conduct your event off-site. A change of scenery will refresh, recharge, and reenergize your staff (and minimize distractions).
- Generate excitement before the event. Encourage full buy-in by using internal communication to get everyone interested. Use e-mails, memos, your website, bulletin boards, etc. to arouse curiosity and generate enthusiasm.
- Mix it up. To stimulate interest and involvement throughout the day, divide your program into several sessions including work, play, and socializing. End the day with a mealtime activity, awards ceremony, or happy hour. Remember to include activities that are fun and relaxing, as well as frequent breaks, so your staff can recharge.
- Get up and move around. Games and outdoor challenges are an excellent way to encourage team cohesiveness. They will allow your team to burn off some energy while building trust and respect among members. Try a ropes course, a hike, or other trust-building games.
- Record your memories. To make a lasting impression and extend the program’s impact, document your day. Hire a photographer, make a video, or take pictures yourself. After the event, hand out pictures or highlight the event in your company newsletter or on your website.
- Allow time to process and reflect. Throughout the day, discuss new learning and how it applies to specific jobs as well as the company. Games and activities will be of better use if you allow your team to reflect on the purpose and meaning behind each.
- Solicit feedback. At the end of the day, ask participants to complete a simple survey. It’s a great way to find out what employees liked (and didn’t like) and garner recommendations for the next event.
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