Companies invest plenty of time and money planning team-building events for a variety of reasons. They realize that positive employee attitude and good teamwork are key ingredients of increased productivity.
Through sponsoring these team-building events, businesses create a newfound fellowship among employees, providing them with a chance to know each other on a more personal level.
And as they feel more comfortable working with each other, employees will produce higher-quality work.
When you plan a team-building event for your company’s employees, try to pick an off-site venue for the function.
That way, they’ll feel more sociable and less like they’re at work. Below are 10 off-site team-building events that businesses can plan for their employees:
1. Holiday Parties
The most common company events are holiday parties celebrating occasions like Christmas. Many companies have holiday parties at their own facilities, but you should consider having an off-site venue if you’re trying to promote team building and fellowship.
2. Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts may seem like events designed for children, but adults can have fun with them, too. Employees can break into teams and compete to search for certain objects, teaching them how to work as a team.
Then, they can take these skills back into the workplace and apply them to their jobs.
Better yet, you can have the scavenger hunt at the workplace to help employees become better familiar with working together there.
A banquet gives employees a chance to eat a nice meal as they listen to positive and motivational speeches from other employees, usually those who hold higher positions in the company than they do.
These types of speeches and presentations are effective in helping the lower-level employees feel like they’re a valuable part of something bigger, and like their leaders appreciate their hard work.
4. Award Ceremonies
Award ceremonies give recognition to employees who have excelled at their jobs and helped increase productivity. The awards can serve as incentives for employees to work hard and strive to be the best.
Since you want to promote team building, you also can give awards to particular departments or groups within the organization, so all the team players are recognized. This is an event you can also have at a banquet hall.
5. Sporting Leagues
One of the most entertaining and adrenaline-pumping ways to build fellowship among employees is to let them participate in sporting leagues, often comprised of employees from different companies and held in a particular location.
The games are played mostly for fun, but the winning team of the season will likely get a nice award. More importantly, sport is a fun way to teach your employees about teamwork and to get them to trust each other.
Contact your local city hall to learn about the sporting leagues in your area.
6. Recreational Venues
Recreational venues are a great way for a company to add originality and excitement to a team-building event. Some great examples of recreational venues include zoos, museums and parks.
These venues help build a fellowship among employees who have common interests such as animals, history or the outdoors.
Just be sure contact the venue ahead of time and let them know you’ll want to host a company event there. They’ll likely charge you a special fee, so they can schedule your company’s visit.
7. 5K Run
There is nothing like a good run to bring employees closer. 5K run events are becoming more common these days.
Some people will want to compete, but any employees can attend and represent the company in solidarity. And any too tired to jog or run the whole time can walk with co-workers, gossiping about their jobs and lives.
8. Hobby Club
Employees might have more in common than they think. If you hold hobby club events at your facility, then employees can learn just how similar they are to their coworkers. More importantly, they’ll be able to develop friendships over a shared interest, which will then translate into improved teamwork.
9. Halloween Event
Halloween is just as much fun for adults as it is for kids. You can hold a company event on Halloween and encourage employees to dress up in the best costumes they can make.
Whatever departments and employees have the best costumes can even win a prize. Make this a collaborative event where teams discuss costume ideas, so they can all win together.
10. Monthly Luncheon
A monthly luncheon will help keep your company events consistent. That way, you don’t have to wait for special occasions to hold an event, you can have one every month.
Monthly events which will ease the stress employees feel during the busy seasons. These luncheons can be held at the workplace, and you can encourage everyone to bring in a special food dish that will be shared with their coworkers.
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