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September 2019

Team Building
7 Steps to a Successful Team Building Event 999 310 Amy Forrester

7 Steps to a Successful Team Building Event

A happy employee is a successful employee. You already know that. You hired the right people for the team, you pay them well and treat them even better… but you’re still noticing some issues among the staff.

You’d hoped that by hiring quality employees, they’d automatically gel with the existing staff. However, you hear the comments in the hallways and see the lack of teamwork in the project results. Your employees may be amazing in their own right, but they aren’t working together as a team.

Fortunately, teamwork is something that can be taught. With the right training, you can have your employees supporting one another, lifting each other up, and working together like a well-oiled machine. A strong team is more productive, more efficient, and most importantly… happier.

Planning a Team Building Event

Planning a team building event for your staff is one of the quickest ways to alter the culture and train your employees to work together. But what if you’ve never planned one?

This type of event doesn’t have to be stressful. By following these seven easy steps, you can create a successful and memorable experience for your employees.

1) Set Your Goal

Whenever you plan an event, you must start with the end in mind. What do you hope to get out of the event? What do you want your employees to walk away with.

If there is some dysfunction within the team, you’ll want them to learn the skills to better communicate with one another. If you witness a lack of trust among your employees, you’ll want to create a bonding experience. Or maybe they are actually doing really well and you just want to reward them for a job well done.

Once you decide what your ultimate goal is, you’ll be able to tailor the experience.

2) Determine Who Needs to Be There

Have you ever sat in a meeting and noticed that the people who need to hear what’s being said aren’t in the room?

Creating your attendee list is based upon your goal. While it may create a staffing challenge for the day, having every member of your team attend, will ensure that what needs to be said gets heard by the right people.

While it’s nice to give your employees choices, if you are righting a dysfunction, you’ll want to make attendance mandatory.

Take a look at your employees and determine who works closely with one another. Note: This may mean including someone who isn’t actually on the team but works very closely with them.

3) Pick the Ideal Date and Time

You have a business to run, and pulling your key employees off the front line for a day may be difficult if not impossible. Creating a day-long training may not be the best option. In this case, consider an after-hours activity or just use part of a day.

Be careful when scheduling trainings and activities on your employees’ days off. The last thing you want to do is start them off resentful.

4) Find a Venue

Why can’t I just host it at my business?

Well, you can. But, that’s not much of a treat for your employees (or for whoever has to set up and clean up the activity room). Hosting your event offsite will give employees the opportunity to relax and get a break from the ordinary, and will allow their true personalities to blossom.

There are a variety of outdoor venues available, however, you’ll always take a risk on weather. Indoor options may be your best bet to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch.

Glowzone is an indoor amusement park in Las Vegas that will allow your staff to learn while having fun. Participants can play together as a team with Bazooka Ball, a cross between paintball and laser tag (that won’t get them messy), and cheer each other on as they overcome limiting beliefs with Scale the City Climbing.

5) Plot Out the Logistics

There are multiple items to consider when planning an event of this type. Since it’s off-site, will employees need to be transported to the venue or can they drive themselves? Will they need accommodations for the night or will the activity be held in their hometown?

You’ll also have to consider what will need to be done at the venue. Will you have to set up? Bring in food and drinks for the attendees? Clean up? With a venue like Glowzone, all of the food and beverages are handled for you. They’ll also set up the room and provide cleanup.

6) Create the Curriculum

Now it’s time to figure out what your staff will learn. Your curriculum won’t be quite as strict if you’re just looking to celebrate, but if you want them to improve, you’ll need to provide training to improve their skills and change their behaviors. Glowzone can help you create the curriculum and can bring in facilitators to meet all of your needs.

7) Have Fun

Yes… you.

You’re probably not just the event planner. You’re probably a part of the team. So, why should you be excluded from the experience? Once the planning is done, and the logistics are taken care of for you, it’s time to sit back, enjoy the day, and bond with your team.

Planning a team-building event isn’t difficult when you use this 7-step planning guide. And, it’s the best possibly action you can take to improve your business and create happier employees.

Holiday Office Party
7 Reasons to Not Host Your Corporate Holiday Party in the Office 1000 497 Amy Forrester

7 Reasons to Not Host Your Corporate Holiday Party in the Office

While the holidays are still months away, holiday party planning is very much underway. Maybe this is your first year planning your corporate holiday party, or maybe you’ve been planning the office bash for decades. Either way, this year, you want to do something really special to show your employees appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication.

One of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is, “Where should we host the holiday party?”

Choosing a Venue for your Corporate Holiday Party

In past years, the office holiday party has been held… in the office.

Why not, right? You’ve already got the space. You don’t have to worry about booking an open date, your employees already know where they’re going, and if you hold it right after the workday ends, you don’t even have to worry about adding in travel time before you start the festivities. You can just pump up the music, hand out some antlers, and pass the sparkling cider.

Of course, there are quite a few reasons why having a corporate holiday party in the office isn’t the best choice. In fact, it’s actually harmful to your employees.

Why You Shouldn’t Hold Your Office Holiday Party in the Office

1) Set-up

Have you ever tried to move office furniture? Many businesses don’t have a dedicated open space that can accommodate a party. Unless you’d like to play “Cubicle Dominoes” and throw your back out lugging desks around (not to mention – where will you put them?), you’d be better off hosting the party at an outside facility.

2) Decorations

Think you can just hang up a few snowman cutouts and call it a day? Wrong. Turning your office into a winter wonderland takes time and money. Otherwise, it’s just the same ol’ fluorescent farm with a few dollar store decorations strung up.

3) Clean-up

No one enjoys cleaning up after their coworkers. You may have a cleaning service that runs through the office after hours, but if you’re hosting a party, they’ll likely charge you more for the extra work they have to do. When you have your holiday corporate party at the right outside venue, clean up is done for you and built into the cost. Once the party is over, you get to head home.

4) Food

A party isn’t a party without food and drinks (whether you choose to serve alcohol or just soft drinks). If you host at your office, you’ll need to decide where the food is coming from. Will you hire an outside caterer? Will you bring in from a local restaurant? Or, will you ask your employees to cook something and host a potluck? (Please don’t make them work for their own party.)

When you choose a venue with food, you just set the menu and then forget about it.

5) Servers and Bartenders

Do you actually want to enjoy the party, or would you rather be working the whole time? Someone has to set up the food, even if it’s buffet-style. You can always hire a team to come in and hand out hors d’ouevres and serve up drinks, but that’s another expense and another thing to worry about. The right venue will take care of all of this for you.

6) Shop Talk

Have you ever noticed that when you’re around coworkers, you tend to talk about work… a lot?

Having a party in the office doesn’t provide the break from the work environment needed to shift the conversations to more personal and enjoyable topics.

If you choose to hold the party in a restaurant or catering hall, you still run the risk of inviting all shop talk. However, if you host the party someplace fun with activities, your employees will be swept up in the entertainment and will forget that they are surrounded by their coworkers.

7) Brain Training and Muscle Memory

No matter how nice your physical space is, as humans, our emotions are often triggered by our surroundings and environment. That means that if you are stressed out in the office, even if the activity you are doing changes (going from working to partying), your emotions will stay the same.

What does this mean? You want to give your employees a physical AND an emotional break from work. The only way to do this is to get them out of the office.

Planning a corporate holiday party doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming. Consider hosting your party at Glowzone, an indoor amusement park in Las Vegas. There, your employees can have fun with activities like climbing, mini golf, laser tag, bumper cars, and much more. Glowzone will handle the setup, provide the food (and someone to set it out), take care of the cleanup, and provide the break that you and your employees sorely need. Together, you’ll create a memorable experience that shows your employees how truly grateful you are.