Do's and Don'ts of
Developing Effective Team Building Events
If you are planning team building events for your employees to take part in then it will be important to consider many different aspects to make such events successful. As such we will be going through some do's and dont's which you need to keep note of while developing team building exercises.
Do's and Dont's of Team Building Exercises
Do's #1 – Pre-Event Planning
Before any event starts it will be important to explain why the event has been planned and how it is to be performed. There could also be pre event tasks which all the teams will have to perform so that every team member is totally focused before the event starts.
Do's #2 – Perform Debriefing
Team building events are one facet while the other is debriefing or reflection. Debriefing involves analyzing outcome of the exercise so as to understand whether the event succeeded in achieving its goal. It will also be important to know whether the teams learned anything from their success or failure in the event.
Do's #3 – Encourage Participation
For successful team building events which can improve corporate culture within the organization it is necessary that everyone in the company participates, ranging from management to employees as well as the owner. In a successful event everyone participates, as equals.
Do's #4 – Follow Up Events
A single event will not help you achieve desired results. As such it will be necessary to have follow up events which assist in proper analysis as well as measurement of team's progress.
Team building events need to be part of a continuing process that aims to improve employee performance and build up their morale.
Do's #5 – Hire Professionals
By hiring a professional firm to take up the task of organizing such events you can make sure that all the exercises will be carried out as planned. Event organizers will assist you in selecting events which deliver the right message to your employees and help in properly organize the events. They can also provide you necessary tools so that you can organize such events yourself. Another advantage is that they can measure outcome of such events and provide you important feedback on whether the event was a success or not.
Do's #6 – Solve Problems
Try to develop a correlation between challenges faced by employees during their work with challenges they need to conquer while taking part in events. Similarly, in case there are some trust or communication issues between employees then add some events which consists of such exercises.
Don'ts #1 – Allow Conventional Roles
Team building events are meant to allow employees as well as everyone else try out new roles. It will be a useless endeavor if managers start managing during the event and employees also take up roles similar to which they normally have while they work. The aim of such events should be to allow employees open up and start communicating freely with others.
Don'ts #2 – Create Taxing Events
Try to refrain from creating events which are too mindless or too taxing for your employees. It is important to strike the right balance to ensure that events are not overly difficult or comical.
To conclude it can be said that team building events can certainly be helpful but it will be important to plan them in a proper way.