If you’re an SME owner or manager, then you’ll know the importance of keeping team morale high. If this sounds like it’s true in your business, then you need to think about hosting a team building event. This way, your staff can get to know each other outside of a work environment and form lasting friendships that will then transfer into the workplace, creating a lasting bond that will help boost productivity. Here’s why you should do them and a few ideas to get you started.
Why are They Important?
As is alluded to above, team building events boost morale and improve productivity within the workplace. Ideally speaking (even though this isn’t always possible), you want your employees to be like a close knit family or a tight friendship group. This way, through helping each other and covering each other’s backs, you’ll have a more productive workforce.
Plus, by forging new friendships on a team building event, your employees are less likely to dread coming into work, leading to a much happier work environment.
What Should You Choose From?
Of course, that’s all well and good, but what activity should you choose? Here are just a few activities to get you started.
Pub, Pub, Pub – A social and informal office with only a small number of people? Well the pub can be a perfect option. Bonding over a couple of drinks (putting some money on a tab behind a bar is perfect) can be a great way for people to get to know each other. Plus, with this option, you can pick somewhere local to ensure everyone can make it. If you’re feeling extra generous, you can give your staff the afternoon off.
Outdoor Activity Park – If you fancy something a little more adventurous then a visit to an outdoor activity park could be the perfect destination; especially if you’re staff don’t mind getting a little muddy and wet. These days are perfect at bringing people together who don’t usually socialise. The only downside is the cost of all the equipment. Fortunately, most of the clothing you can buy can be sourced cheaply online.
Bowling – However, if indoor activities after work are more your thing, then what could be better than bowling and a bite to eat? Safe and accessible for all, bowling is a great option for people of all ages. Because this is cost effective, you can also host it regularly, so why not buy an office bowling champion trophy?
The world is your oyster when it comes to selecting an appropriate activity. The best scenario is probably to have a meeting with your team and ask them their preferences. This way, you should be guaranteed a good time and a high turnout.