Having a great culture is essential for the long term success and sustainability of any company. With most of the businesses today operating with numerous staff (from staff numbering below 10 to the thousands), how these staff fit and have successful working relationships within a larger team is essential in achieving a successful corporate culture.
The impact of team building cannot be underestimated on the culture of the organization. To maximize time and not on ineffective activities, the following will get the most out of the team building initiative.
Defining Your Goals – Products and services are not launched without planning and research. This also goes with planning team building activities. Try and evaluate what you would want to get out of the activity so you can appropriately plan and focus on your objectives of the activity. Having time away from work is often hard to manage, so it is wise to maximize the activity. What lessons would you want the team to learn? Team building is not just taking a break but instead, it is a way to accomplish a real business challenge.
Knowing Your Attendees – Pick activities that will include everyone and can participate into. Some individuals may enjoy athletic activity but it could potentially leave out the others who are not particular with sports or may have reservations in physical challenges. Team building activities should be challenging and will help do something out of the usual and should not be something that can potentially leave out others.
Following Up – Check in long after the activity has passed and find out if the lessons learned are positively affecting the overall business. Did the activity have a lasting effect several months later? Found out the most successful part of the experience so you would know what motivates your employees in the future.
Repeating Success – While a singe team building may bring positive results, it is best to consistently plan team building activities and integration with the culture of the organization to be able to maximize its effects. Positive efforts no matter the size is, can snowball into big changes in your organization.
Try adding an interactive component to the activity by adding a photo booth into the mix so you are able to capture the memories and keep the fun snaps on your office walls as a reminder of your company culture.