Top teambuilding tips from eventprofs

Eventprofs from Team Spirit and Chesford Grange spoke to C&IT about their top tips for planning a teambuilding event.

Top teambuilding tips
Top teambuilding tips
Anna Lancashire, marketing director at Team Spirit and senior event planner at Chesford Grange, Sandra Balaire, shared their top tips for planning a teambuilding event with QHotels’ Event Profs Panel.

  1. Research has shown that taking part in teambuilding exercises boosts morale, improves interpersonal relationships and has a positive impact on staff retention.  If teambuilding is something that you'd like to introduce to your company then it's important to share the benefits that the day could bring with your manager, and suggestions on how it could be applied to your organisation.

  2. Be clear on what your objectives for the day are, for example it could be that you wish to improve productivity or leave with a more connected team. This could be measured by comparing before and after surveys from your staff or using software you already have in place, for example timesheets and project completion timings.

  • If you've got a mixed group, a task with a variety of different roles works really well. It gives individuals the chance to choose a role that they're most suited to but also pushes people out of their usual team or office role.  

  • Consider where your staff are travelling from and if they need accommodation, as well as the activities you'll be doing and how that impacts the space you'll need. The logistics of the event will impact the effectiveness and enjoyment of the whole day.

  • Choose a venue with teambuilding experts who know the site inside out, and who can work with you prior to the event to suggest relevant activities for your objectives and group demographic. On the day, your activity leader will work with the mood of the group and respond appropriately to influence the progression of the day.

  • Having your team physically in one place will help them to get the most out of teambuilding- the direct interaction tends to enhance the connections made. If you have a team that works remotely, choose something that engages staff in the long term. For example, you could provide employees with a fitness tracker so teams can compete, exchange pictures and encourage each other to take part in the challenge. Combining this activity with a reward will motivate employees to take part and connect with each other.

  • Start with a warm-up exercise or energiser to ease people into the trip. These types of activities get people interacting easily and you'll find that the group starts to bond after a quick and easy exercise that will break down those initial barriers.

  • See more:

    Corporate events appoints senior project manager

    Crown hires former AddingValue employees

     

    • For more breaking news and in-depth features, sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker here 

    Have you registered with us yet?

    Register now to enjoy more articles
    and free email bulletins.

    Register now
    Already registered?
    Sign in
    Case study: Lenovo Connect

    Case study: Lenovo Connect

    The technology giant's two-day event for 450 guests took place in London, organised by Jack Morton Worldwide.

    Two new recruits for Sleek Events

    Two new recruits for Sleek Events

    Agency also plans fundraising sports day this summer for its new charity partner Meeting Needs.

    'We often see details brushed over - that's the sort of thing we take seriously'

    'We often see details brushed over - that's the sort of thing we take seriously'

    A-List 2019: Catherine Coulter, director of BeaconHouse Events.

    Businesses routinely miss out on sales leads at trade events, research reveals

    Businesses routinely miss out on sales leads at trade events, research reveals

    Generic sales pitches, misspelt names and 'hard-sell' techniques are leading to lost revenue and business opportunities.

    Most popular European cities for MICE bookings revealed

    Most popular European cities for MICE bookings revealed

    Tech company Aventri ranks cities' popularity for meetings and events based on bookings made through its venue sourcing platform.

    'My MD gives me additional roles to help me learn, and experiences to develop my skills'

    'My MD gives me additional roles to help me learn, and experiences to develop my skills'

    A-List 2019: Anna Clarke is senior account executive at Ex Events.

    Reinventing networking with 'brain dates' for attendees

    Reinventing networking with 'brain dates' for attendees

    Fundamental changes are needed to reorganise events around face-to-face connections rather than content, says agency director.

    Live Union welcomes three new faces

    Live Union welcomes three new faces

    Marketing director, business development director and production manager all join the London-based team

    No one should be expected to work for free and the same goes for speakers

    No one should be expected to work for free and the same goes for speakers

    It's unethical to expect speaking gigs to be unpaid, says Nick Gold, MD of Speakers Corner.

    'I don't think I would have had the same opportunity and support in a bigger company'

    'I don't think I would have had the same opportunity and support in a bigger company'

    A-List 2019: Olivia Chilton, senior account executive at Clear Partners.

    LATEST JOBS