January 16th, 2018

If you think that team building exercises are just an excuse to get out of work for the day or worse, something to be suffered through so you can get back to more important business, think again. Team building days are a vital part of ensuring that everyone in your company or division is on the same page and heading in the same direction. They are a way to strengthen partnerships and encourage strong bonds between project members. Knowing how to plan great team building events is the key to making them as effective as possible. Here are top five qualities all great team building events have in common. Hopefully these will help you consider how to plan your next great company outing.

Activities that shake out the cobwebs.

Doing the same thing day after day is a great way to get into a rut. Thought patterns get routine. Ideas tend to stay safe and uninspired. Enthusiasm for work slowly trickles away and is replaced by habit. Planning team building activities that take a giant step away from your day-to-day rituals is a good way to knock out the hum-drum and get everyone’s creative juices flowing again.

A chance to socialize.

Working with someone 8+ hours a day means that you probably see more of them than you do your friends. What that time does not do is let you know the person on any real level. Including ample time and encouragement to socialize during team building day creates a chance for your crew to become invested in each other on a more personal level. This chance to bond will ensure that team members are better able to allocate responsibilities during projects.

Lessons with real world application.

Let’s face it, no one is ever going to solve a work related problem by standing on their desk and asking their cubicle neighbor to catch them when they fall backwards. While trust and the ability to ask for help are both critical skills for your team, there are better way to learn them. Choose activities that encourage participants to find ways around obstacles and through difficult situations while having fun. Helping your team hone their creative thinking skills is crucial to your company’s next breakthrough.

A little healthy competition.

Teams, by their nature, are groups of people competing to win over the competition. If you do not encourage a healthy competitive edge within your group, you are likely to find your company losing business. Find challenges that bring out the best in everyone while stressing the need to reach deep in order to come out on top.

Location, location, location.

Holding your team building event away from your business is a great way to get people out of their comfort zone. Taking everyone away from their regular environment forces them to restructure their interactions according to new conditions. This can greatly change how individuals view each other and create teams that understand individual strengths and weaknesses much better than before adding to the overall positive team building results.
Researching venues that can cater to all of your needs will save you time and money. Speed Raceway is a great option that can provide comfortable meeting space, Wi-Fi and necessary AV equipment, and access to catering in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. We offer goal specific classes and ready-made team building exercises to meet your company’s needs. When meetings are done, our electric go karts are a great way to apply and reinforce all of those new team building skills.