Corporate team building events are sometimes recreational and sometimes educative, that’s when they are categorized as training. Companies conduct both the events very often to improve team bonding. After all, won’t the world be a much better place if people got along well and things happened smoothly? Whatever the methodology, keep in mind a few things to get the maximum out of the event.
We put a lot of value in keeping our family scrapbooks. We had a separate scrapbook for each child and one for the family (we also had a scrapbook that was reserved for our family history: genealogy research). This may seem like “over kill” to some, but now that our children are grown, those scrapbooks are priceless to them. As each child left home, they took their individual scrapbook with them. We kept the “family” scrapbook and it stays on our living room coffee table as a proud reminder of our children’s lives from birth to present. We are still adding pages: GRANDCHILDREN!
Clearly convey – Don’t keep the participants in dark about the event. Clearly conveying the WIIFM (What’s in it for me), ensures better attendance and commitment towards the event. They are adults, don’t keep them guessing. More often than not surprises fall short of the expectations.
For a typical team building program for youth, be ready to have multiple games and Team building activities to mix things up. Creative ideas come in handy to keep their attention span.
Why? I managed to change 3 of the spark plugs without problems of any kind. The old ones unscrewed at the first attempt. The news ones went in equally easily. The fourth was a different matter entirely. Would it come out? No it would not. It was well set in and wouldn’t budge no matter the force I could exert. And my tool kit is a good one. I was able to exert a lot of force. And without changing the fourth and final spark plug, the problem remained. Hence it is in the garage. And that again reminded me of Team building activities building.
One of the great ways to get the team stronger is to do role playing. This is following in the same line as the appreciation for the jobs that all other team members do. If a cashier is put in the role of a manager, an exercise of course, they will understand the pressures that the manager is under and have a greater appreciation for what the manager does. The knowledge of this will likely enter their mind when they react to something the manager did that they may not have agreed with. Of course this is not such a clear cut thing but the idea is there for you to understand.
The aim of the training exercise is to build cooperation in working together as a team. You will need for this exercise a flipchart for each team and colored markers. A team should have 5-6 members. Each team has 10 minutes to draw on the flipchart their ideal workplace, no matter the cost. The one rule is that they cannot speak during the training exercise. You may allow them to write on extra pieces of paper, in order to communicate with their team mates, but verbal communication is forbidden. After 10 minutes, each team will explain their design. The trainer should be observant to similarities in the drawings and then debrief on the communication barrier that was set between them.