Team-building can be a valuable tool when looking to create a team that works effectively and efficiently. It can also be a great opportunity for staff to get to know each other outside of the office environment. These events don’t have to be limited to meals out, or even expensive weekend retreats. So, what exactly are some of the benefits of these team-building events – other than the obvious – and how could you arrange some exciting team building experiences, with a difference?
Get out of the office
A team building exercise should get your colleagues moving and working together. To give everyone a more enjoyable experience, get them out of the office for an afternoon! This gives you a great opportunity to build working relationships outside of the office, and create a more social atmosphere within the team. It also means you can have a few hours off work one afternoon. Who wouldn’t love that?
There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition every now and then, right? We encourage it in sport, we encourage it between companies, and we definitely encourage it at home in the occasional monopoly battle, so why not between staff? Setting up a competition in the office, whether you opt for sales targets, weekly task completion challenges, or even office scavenger hunts, could significantly improve productivity in the workplace as staff work to win the prize. Taking this in to your team-building events is just as important, as it will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved. Challenges such as a last man standing game, or something similar offer a great opportunity for this.
You’re building a team, so have them compete as a team
At the end of the day, the point of the exercise is to improve team relationships and morale, and working in team situations is the best way to achieve this. This when merged with the competition aspect will leave you a with a winning combination. Obstacle courses are possibly the best way to achieve this, or even alternative team games such as laser tag, or other team sports. The competition element will keep your colleagues fighting for the win, whilst working as a team will help them develop their strategizing, organisation, and efficiency skills.
Something for the big kid in all of us
Working weeks can be long and tiring. We all know this. It is vital that we do our bit to keep staff happy and relaxed in order to prevent burnout, and maximise productivity. By including games and challenges in your team-building event, everyone has the chance to let our hair down a bit. Relaxing, and doing fun activities with fellow colleagues will make your workplace a nicer place to be on the whole, ensuring that everyone feels happy and welcome on the team.
Not just a one-time thing
Setting up a team-building event doesn’t need to be a ‘once every couple of years’ kind of thing. Regular events will maintain team morale levels and will keep productivity high. Consider arranging two or three events over the course of the year – and don’t forget the Christmas do as well! Involving family members every now and again will also provide a great opportunity for staff to get to know each other a little better.
Jumping Jo’s is a proud supplier of unique and alternative team-building games and attractions. From our inflatable Laser Tag arena and inflatable Fun Runs, to our Last Man Standing and Rodeo Bull challenges, we’ve got something to suit any team building event. Contact the Jumping Jo’s team today to find your perfect team building solution.