The search for the best 2015 team building activity may require a few more minutes than you’d hoped. But spending extra time searching for the best program will be well worth it. When you find a good fit for your company, your investment in team building will be rewarded. To kick-start your search, check out this great resource. Below, I’ve outlined what you should keep in mind as you look for the best 2015 team building activity for your crew.
The Best 2015 Team Building Activity
There is no single end-all, be-all ‘best’ program to choose from since in the real world, best is subjective. So start with the steps below to narrow down your search to a few ‘bests’…
- Set your goals. I always send our clients a pre-program questionnaire to help determine what they want to get out of their team building experience. Most of my clients report that they want to have fun. Other goals may include wanting to assimilate new members to build camaraderie or emphasizing a strategic objective. Create a short list of goals and then you’ll be able to share those goals with perspective team building facilitators to see if there’s a good fit for your group.
- Do your research. Most of us have had experiences where programs have turned out to be awkward, uninteresting or just plain bad. But team building should be fun. Check references and ask if the activity was ‘real’, ‘natural’, ‘fun’, ‘well thought out’, ‘inclusive’. The best 2015 team building activity will be something that’s engaging, creative and motivating. Ideas include, storytelling exercises, team building with songwriting or something I’ve been dying to try myself, painting. Sometimes, it’s just fun to get messy.
- Push But Not Too Far. A team program is a learning experience that should present some sort of challenge. But when the challenge becomes too much, it won’t be appreciated by your colleagues. White water rafting is a fantastic team building activity, but some will find it terrifying and it could leave a few of your team members over their heads (pardon the pun!). For some teams, outdoor challenges will be great and for others, not so much.
- Get Buy In. You’ll never get buy-in from every single member of your team. But it’s wise to consider the personalities and attributes of your team members as you consider different options. With planning and research you’ll find the best 2015 team building activity to meet your goals and your expectations.