Planning a Successful Team Building Event
Planning a team building event is tricky these days. With team members working remotely, in person, or some hybrid of the two, it can be tough to figure out the best approach. For remote workers, team-building events can help to alleviate the seclusion of working from home and re-ignite that creative spark. For those transitioning back to the workplace? Team building events are a great way to re-introduce everyone.
Here are 4 ways to plan a successful team-building event.
Take it outdoors
Ah, fresh air in the great outdoors. Believe it or not, an outdoor team-building event can be a versatile option. Is your workforce local? Consider hosting an event near the office. Worried about pulling it off with a remote crew? What about a scavenger hunt? Give everyone a list and see what they can find in their neck of the woods. Who knows what far-flung folks will discover to fit the bill.
Make it healthy
We thought we spent too much time at a desk before? Working from home puts us way too close to that couch, television, and snack drawer. Why not have your team-building event help to counteract that? Break out those smartwatches! Center your group around a health-oriented goal.
Make it helpful
Volunteering and fundraising get everyone working towards a common goal. This is a great team-building event for a localized team. Just pick a worthy cause nearby like an animal shelter or soup kitchen. Can’t do in-person volunteering? I know someone who grew an unruly beard when he started working remotely. He had his department donate money to view the online removal of his much-talked-about facial hair. A substantial amount was collected for charity and his co-workers had a silly mid-day break that they still laugh about.
Keep it playful
How about a Wordle tournament? That will get everyone’s competitive juices going! Virtual trivia games are widely available as well. A little healthy and lighthearted competition can be a great morale booster and fosters communication between co-workers, even if it is just to brag.
Learn about it
Looking for an icebreaker that won’t alienate introverts or ignite ropes course fear? Start a book club. Find a book pertinent to your workplace goals and set aside a time for the group to discuss it. It’s a great low-pressure outlet for all team members to share their thoughts.
Are team-building events worth the effort?
Whatever you decide to do, planning a successful team-building event may be more important now than ever. Whether it’s virtually or in-person, team building helps to promote a shared purpose. Finding common ground works wonders for achieving common goals.