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
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.