We previously discussed some important factors to consider when choosing a team building outing. To be considered true team building, you should look for activities that are focused on the outcome and not the activity, are an investment in your team, and strive for inclusivity. But the considerations don’t stop there! Today we’re examining three additional, yet equally as important factors your desired activity should include.
Competitive vs. Collaborative
All too often, we see company outings filled with competitive games and activities that divide groups into teams who then compete against one another. We’re all for a little friendly competition but when the purpose of team building is team unity how does promoting competition achieve this goal? At best, it names one side a “winner” and their menial success is quickly forgotten. At worst, it might heighten preexisting tensions between team members, driving a further wedge between them rather than building a bond. All of our experiences at Signature Teambuilding encourage collaboration so participants work together to achieve one unified goal. At the end of the day, what truly matters is that the ultimate goal was achieved together.
Outing vs. Training
Happy hours, mini golf, escape rooms- all fun time spent away from the office? Yes. Teaching anything of value to your team? No. Each experience at Signature Teambuilding teaches lessons that directly relate to improving workplace performance. One of our clients at Capital One mentioned their expectations were exceeded when we were able to relate the experience lessons directly back to Capital One competencies regarding collaboration and leadership. Team building shouldn’t simply be an afternoon away from work, but an enjoyable experience that ultimately results in the growth of your group.
Embarrassing and Silly vs. Smart and Purposeful
This should go without saying, but the last thing you want is for your team outing to result in anyone’s embarrassment. A woman once told me a ghastly story about her experience with “team building”. Her company planned a trip to a water park and much to her dismay, requested everyone wear a bathing suit. Instead of contributing lasting lessons that would make her a more valuable team member, this only resulted in her hesitation and unwillingness to participate! Our experiences are designed with the purpose of providing valuable lessons that can be immediately applied in the workplace. Plus, we’ll never request you wear anything, but what you are most comfortable in. We know there is a lot to consider when choosing the right team building program so hopefully this provided an understanding of what to look for and what to stay away from. You’ll notice all our experiences check all the necessary boxes. If looking for the best experience for your team, the choice is easy: it’s Signature Teambuilding.