Team Building Tips

Quick Team Building Tips

  • Don’t confuse team building with Team Recreation and Entertainment-our goals are more focused
  • Clarify your team building objectives – your staff will have fun, but we participate toward a goal.
  • Set a realistic time-frame to achieve your objectives. You talk – we listen.  Working together we will plan a perfect event that meets your needs.
  • Set a Realistic Budget- a well executed class can improve morale and in turn enhance your bottom line
  • Ensure that senior management is “on-board” withe all team building initiative
  • The team creates an environment in which people are comfortable taking reasonable risks in communicating, advocating positions, and taking action. Team members trust each other. Team members are not punished for disagreeing.
  • Communication is open, honest, and respectful. People feel free to express their thoughts, opinions, and potential solutions
  • Points to remember: Team members have a strong sense of belonging to the group. They experience a deep commitment to the group’s decisions and actions. This sense of belonging is enhanced and reinforced when the team spends the time to develop team norms or relationship guidelines together. Team members are viewed as unique people with irreplaceable experiences, points of view, knowledge, and opinions to contribute. After all, the purpose for forming a team is to take advantage of the differenceWhy Team Building vs. Team Recreation is the proper venue for employee motivation and productivity:The terms “team building” and “team recreation” are NOT interchangeable and we it is important to understand the differences.

    Team building seeks to encourage team cooperation aimed at individuall and group improved performance. In team building activities, a facilitator (could be our chef/instructor or your personnel) guides teams through the prephases of team development often described as forming, storming, norming, and performing (these phases are all necessary and inevitable in order for the team to grow, to face up to challenges, to tackle problems, to find solutions, to plan work, and to deliver results)

    By having your team building activity off-site, personnel can relax and often find a new environment stimulating and rewarding.  By taking people off site they are  more relaxed and comfortable with each other leading to enhanced communication back at the work place.

    Many team building sessions involve recreation, however, recreation is a means to an end, not the end. Let’s be clear. Team building isn’t paintball, rock climbing, drumming, bowling, cooking, or going out for drinks or dinner. That’s team recreation.

    Yes, team building can include recreational activities but a recreational activity is not the same thing as team building. Just because a group gets together and engages in an activity that is “fun”, does not make the activity “team building”.

    Team Entertainment or Corporate Events

    This is strictly for pleasure. It could be an active pursuit such as an Improv night with audience participation or something more passive like a dinner, concert or even dinner theatre.

    If you want entertainment or recreation, then that is what you should call it. Why try to pass it off as “team building”?

    There is a place for team socials and recreational corporate events but they should never be confused with or used as a substitute for team building.