Team building exercises and activities can increase and enhance employee engagement and performance. They build an environment of trust, cooperation and thereby help achieve job satisfaction. Organizations which devote time and focus on building a team culture are at lesser risk of adversity as their team stick together and overcome hurdles. Such organizations will never need an outsider to tell them where they have to focus, as their team is already at it!
Some “Do”s and “Don’t”s you may want to consider while planning a team building session:
DO connect activities to the challenges that your trainees face while at work.
Try to choose activities which to can be connected and replicated as close as possible to the events your trainees face in their day-to-day jobs.
DON’T create activities which demand too much of physical endurance for the team.
While conducting an outdoor team event always consider the age factor and the kind of everyday work people do in office as these play a major role in trainees’ engagement and behaviour after the training session. Make sure that everyone participates rather than trainees being mere spectators. Physical activities, especially outdoors, can be memorable and successful only if everyone can be included.
DO follow-up on lessons learned.
No training session is a single dose cure all lesson. For a team to acquire certain skills or behave in a particular manner, there always should be repeated sessions till the time, the desired result is achieved. You always need to evaluate the performance to understand the difference.
DON’T create events that don’t focus on the Objective.
Activities should be created keeping in mind the objective of the session. Don’t make them too fun oriented or too emotionally draining that at the end of the session, you actually forget the objective behind the session and there is no difference in the behaviour that you were aiming for.
DO consider hiring Training consultants to create and implement your programmes.
When there is a limit on time and effort while creating or facilitating the programme, it is always advisable to take external help. At the same time, you should definitely have a look once the programme is ready to roll. In case, you have missed out on a point or two, it can be always squeezed in. Implement the feedback and measurement components afterward.