Do you have new members in your team or do you feel the company’s spirit and morale is a little down? It time you considered planning for team building programs. The program will make the newcomers feel welcome and easily acclimatize to the group. Additionally, team building promotes and strengthens workplace relationships. By the time the program is through, any conflicts within the team are resolved and it’s a fresh start for all.
Even so, team building programs are not always welcomed with excitement by all the members of the group. If you fail to plan and execute the program properly the results can be counterproductive. It can build cynicism, disrupt trust or heighten tension in the workplace. Properly planned team building activities should promote creation of relationships and creative skills. This will help to create a collaborative and productive work environment. To ensure that you have a successful team building program, here are some factors you should take into consideration when planning:
Aim of the program
What are you seeking to achieve out of the program? This question should be the basis for planning. It is important to remember that there are different reasons why people carry out team building programs. Some do it to foster trust, cooperation, commitment and effective communication among team members. Others do it to relieve tension and stress among members. You should define your program needs well in advance as this will make planning a lot easier.
Outdoor or indoor activities
Your decision to hold the program indoors or outdoors is determined by a number of factors. First, look at the participants taking part in the activities and consider what they prefer. For instance, a group comprising of older people would prefer indoor activities. Second, look at the time of the year you are holding the activities. If it is winter time, you certainly need to plan for indoor activities. Third, consider if the program is coupled with other programs. For instance, if the team building activities are scheduled after completion of a conference, outdoor activities will work best.
This is a factor that is often overlooked when planning for team building activities. It is, however, a critical consideration as it influences the place, type of activities and date to execute the plan. You determine time availability based on the number of hour the staff can be away from work. If there is limited time, consider running a team building program at the office or place of work. This eliminates the need for separate venues and also eliminated travel time.
You may opt to hire a professional facilitator depending on what you aim to achieve out of the event. A facilitator will discuss your objectives prior to the event and will design a program that suits your needs. If your objective is focused on a specific area such as creativity, leadership or communication, facilitation is a great idea.
How much money do you intend to spend on the program? It is important to consider your budget as this will impact on the activities available to you and the choice of venue. If you are using a facilitator, the first question to ask is their charges. The activities you plan should be within your budget to avoid embarrassments.