1. Plan early
Schedule the team building event on the work calendar as early as possible. Commit resources – time and money – to it. Send the message that attendance is compulsory.
2. Set clear objectives and expectations
Be specific with your event objectives and communicate them to the organizing team or vendor. Do not try to achieve too many goals with a single event. Do not disguise an intensive training workshop as a team building event.
3. Get out of the comfort zone
At TAG TEAM, we encourage getting participants to work with colleagues from other departments or functions – other than their usual cliques – on common team objectives. Incorporating challenges and a little competition also work wonders in pushing team dynamics and performance.
4. Involve everyone
Ensure team building activities are inclusive for everyone (or at least majority of participants) and each participant can get involved and contribute in one way or other. Avoid activities which may require too much physical fitness, skill level and/or technical expertise.
5. Have fun!
Laughter, besides being the best medicine, is also a great way to bond people. Work is already serious and stressful enough. Laughing together will go a long way in building rapport and supportive workplace relationships. At the very least, this will create some light-hearted conversation-starters around the office water-cooler. If you have to take away only one tip from this article – this is the one.
Written for HRM Asia by:
John Lim, Co-Founder
TAG TEAM INC. PTE LTD
To find out more about corporate team building, visit https://www.tagteaminc.sg/corporate/