Choosing a team building activity for your Chicago-based Team
One of the most important things to bear in mind when planning your next team or corporate event is the inclusiveness of the chosen activity. It’s not just the obvious preferences you need to take into account, but members of your team may have different capabilities when it comes to team activities, which have not been relevant to their work, and therefore may not even be known to your human resources department or management team. The whole point of the event, after all, is to foster inclusiveness and bonding, so making sure everyone can take part is essential.
Indoor Or Outdoor Team Activities In chicago
Aside from the obvious seasonal considerations – I’m sure none of you want to send your team out to freeze in blinding rain in the middle of winter, after all – you’ll want to consider the objectives of the event when deciding whether something indoors or outdoors will suit your team better.
While it’s never a good idea to use sweeping generalizations when planning your event, you will notice that younger teams tend to be more open to ‘trying crazy new things’ so hitting the great outdoors may be more appealing to some mixes of personnel than others. The best way to proceed is usually to analyze this through surveys and other information which will help you plan the most appropriate event for your goals. There’s little point planning a little reward for the team if 30% of the team found it horrific, ok maybe not horrific but unpleastant at least.
Team Bonding Or Team Development Activities
The purpose of your event can be blurred in many cases, because people do enjoy being challenged, learning and exploring, as well as feeling they have achieved something of value. This kind of blurred purpose definitely occurs most with charity-based team building events as they give the greatest opportunity for a genuine sense of satisfaction to arise, even though the company objectives of bonding and perhaps even monitoring performance to identify future rising stars, have been met.
However that kind of balance can also be struck in almost any team event you plan. Especially possible now because of the range of innovative events which are on offer from providers, many of which, such as the escape room events, are so popular with partygoers they could almost be seen as mainstream, rather than a purely corporate event.
Some of your events will be purely bonding in nature, perhaps because they are intended as a reward to the team, or because simply bonding a new team, or disparate departments that rarely work together is an essential step to boosting your corporate performance. In this case it’s important to ensure you leave the notebook and structure at home, and instead put the work into ensuring the event delivers the maximum exposure between staff who don’t mingle generally in a relaxed, fun environment.