The team-building activities can help to create an effective team spirit within your company. One of the reasons why companies hold offsite meetings is not just to share and collect data but also to enhance their team’s culture by offering people “face time.” If you are planning an offline event, there are a few things to consider.
1. Develop camaraderie by engaging in engaging sessions.
When you hold an annual or quarterly meeting, it’s an excellent occasion for your team members to connect by engaging in group-building activities. If we’re connected to our fellow team members, we can participate. When we can trust, we are willing to take risks. If we’re concerned, we’re willing to go that extra mile. Collaboration and innovation begin when we know one another as people, not only positions or names. For instance, we offered our Build-A-Bike training to one of our clients located in New York. New York area last month. Due to the group building exercises, the participants reported that they had a better understanding of each other better after the half-day session than they did after a year of sitting close to one another in cubicles. In times of uncertainty, it’s the bond that is important.
2. Develop the ability to think creatively.
In this day and age, everyone needs to find ways to achieve more in less. What happens when we are faced with scarce resources? What happens when resources are limited? How does it affect our relationships and our integrity? To not just survive but also thrive, we have to think differently to produce more effective outcomes in that New York team building activity that we offered participants with an array of creative challenges and activities to solve problems. What they discovered was that the fact that just because we’ve always done things in this manner doesn’t mean we should do it. Instead of focusing on the reasons why something isn’t working, ask what’s feasible. This stimulates creativity and draws people who are determined to make it happen.
3. It’s a great feeling to give back.
Activities for team building that incorporate an element of philanthropy have been gaining popularity in recent times. This is not without reason! Serving others has become a vital aspect of the culture of numerous organizations. Build-A-Bike is our most popular workshop as teams create bikes that are then given to children of the community. Do you remember the feeling of when you first got your first car and how it changed the way you think? A brand-new bike can alter the lives of children and is an exciting moment for you when you see them riding it for the first time. Determine if a “service mentality” is a crucial element of your culture, and then communicate this message during your next offsite meeting.
So, if you’re looking to enhance the culture of your team, begin at the next offsite meeting by fostering camaraderie through interactive activities, learning to think differently and be creative, and feeling great by positively helping others. There is nothing more powerful than a group figuring out what they are passionate about.
Colette Peterson works as a presenter and trainer specializing in Team Building in New York City, NY, that insert excitement and enthusiasm into every convention or annual gathering.