13 June 2019
This month’s ‘Firebird Focus’ blog features our Sales Director Andy Hobbs where he provides his 'top tips' to help you get the most out of your next team building event!
Whether you’re a newly formed team, individuals from a global organisation, or a long-established team wanting to re-group, the right team building activity can do wonders…
Often run as a reward, an incentive, or to help develop office relationships and increase morale, as the event organiser, the pressure is on to ensure you pick the right team building activity. That is of course where we come in!
Below are my ‘top tips’ to help you get the most out of your next team building event;
Provide as much information as you can
At initial enquiry stage we like to gather as much information from you as we can, in order to make recommendations for activities that will work well for your event. The more information you can provide us with the better. Think, date, venue, time available, number of guests attending, delegate demographics, objectives, budget etc.
Think about your objectives
To get the most out of your event, ensure you take the time to think about what you really want to get out of the activity - improving communication, developing your team, encouraging creativity, focusing on time management, reinforcing a one team culture, encouraging a bit of healthy competition, or even just to bring your team together and have a bit of fun!
Understandably, team building is often planned around the main meeting element, but it is important to allow enough time for your team building, rather than squeezing it in and it all being a little rushed. We would recommend that activities are run after the ‘business’ part of the day has concluded, allowing guests to relax and let their hair down!!
Keep the whole team in mind
There is little point booking an activity which you love, but won’t be of interest to the rest of your colleagues. Think about who will be attending, the age range, physical ability, confidence levels etc. The last thing you want is for anyone to feel excluded when trying to bring the team together!
Make the most of the space available
Whether looking at indoor or outdoor activities, make sure you consider what the best options are for the space you have available, rather than picking an activity and then trying to make it work.
We have run a number of off-site team building events for our own team and I wholeheartedly believe, that a bit of time out, away from the day to day stresses of work to re-group, have a bit of fun and do something new, really does benefit the team. Most recently, we held our offsite at The Elvetham in Hartley Wintney to which we are a preferred supplier. With 35 acres of grounds to make the most of and motorised activities permitted the space is perfect for all of our outdoor activities, the possibilities are endless! If you're not familiar with the venue then make sure you check it out...
We're more than happy to make recommendations based on your teams’ requirements, so please do give us a call – we love a good chat!