A goal without a plan is just a wish. If you want your team to be stronger and work more cohesively, there are a couple of ways you can accomplish this, but there’s one strategy that never seems to fail: team building.
Employees are often suspicious of team building; they tend to evoke feelings of embarrassment as opposed to enthusiasm. But if you can convince everyone to put their best foot forward, you have the opportunity to improve your team’s trust, communication and collaboration skills.
Here are five reasons why planning a team building event this spring is your best bet at getting your group rejuvenated.
1. There’s something about feeling fresh and new in the spring.
Most of us don’t necessarily experience paradise between the months of October and March – that’s why when we see the slightest glimpse of warmth and sunlight, we can’t help but feel a little happier than we did the week before. This improved mood might make us want to start something fresh. We might even ask ourselves, How can I be better for my team? The answer? Take hold of the initiative! Schedule an event and get your team out of their usual workplace ruts.
2. You get to play with purpose.
Whether you’re playing a pickup game of basketball with a buddy or a game of Words With Friends with a colleague, ultimately it’s not that important who wins or loses. The best part about team building exercises is that there are no winner or losers.– The entire team is equally involved with each other and it’s all about the process itself. There’s an element of both motivation and relief when you realize you are participating in these exercises simply to enhance your connection and professionalism.
3. When it’s casual, it’s easier.
Business suits aside, team building activities often require that we “come as we are” — there are no requirements for dressing up, either literally or figuratively. As employees we show up with our real selves, ready to try something new or learn more about each other. There’s no prep, no studying up, no practicing. You just show up and have fun. There’s something very liberating about that!
4. It’s going to be a long, hot summer…
When we were kids, summers felt like they lasted forever, but for those of us with grown-up responsibilities, we know that summer is fleeting. We no longer get to lie by the pool all day, since most professionals work inside , wishing they could enjoy the season. The fact of the matter is life is short. Even if your team works well together, consistently supporting each other’s ideas and objectives, a spring or summer team building session will go a long way towards getting you through a summer of sitting in the office all day.
5. You get on everyone’s calendar early.
One of the biggest challenges to planning your team building early is finding a time when everyone can get together. Between meetings, travel and personal vacations, it’s hard to find a time when you all get get together, distraction free, and spend some quality time together outside the office. Planning early helps you lock in schedules, and often times better pricing when it comes to team building.
So what are you waiting for? There’s no time like the present to start planning your spring or summer team building out. We’re happy to help — a great place to start is with our interest form. Or if you'd rather just go ahead and book without going through our customer service, you can book your hunt right now.
This guest post was written by Tim O'Dea.
Co-founder Jill Hinton Wolfe is a communicator, entrepreneur and Army veteran who is passionate about the outdoors and designing surprising and unique challenges for all sorts of clients, all over the world.