Team building can be a fantastic way to build stronger bonds among coworkers, grow problem solving skills and boost employee morale. Finding the delicate balance between facilitating ‘just another work event’ and creating longstanding memories for your staff can be tricky. Thankfully, with the right venue on your side, the process can be significantly easier. As experienced hosts for a wide variety of team building events, Cornerstone Theatre has the following suggestions for making sure your team’s experience goes off without a hitch:
1. Define your objective, set a budget, and determine the best venue from there
Not every objective is best served by a large scale operation. At the same time, if the size of your staff dictates the need for adequate space, you’ll need to plan to find a suitable location to accommodate. While it’s not always possible to leave the office, the benefits of being apart from the day to day work area can be significant. People tend to be more receptive to new ideas and experiences in “neutral territory. If you’re looking to shake things up, break the ice with a group of new hires, or even wrap up a successful year on a celebratory note, a trip out of the office may be just the ticket!
2. Consider travel time for participants, and if considerable, plan to offer transportation
A trip to the mountains is an incredible opportunity for team bonding, but if the majority of participants are coming from an urban centre, transportation may pose a challenge for some. With more individuals relying on public transport, renting a van or bus not only offers an easy solution, but also provides additional time for attendees to interact in an informal setting.
3. Keep things interesting
It goes without saying, but a key component of making the most of your team building experience is ensuring that your activities are designed to create genuine engagement. No one wants to be ‘stuck in a room full of strangers’. Tailoring your event to deliver to wide personalities and backgrounds means that participants will be left with the ‘wow’ factor that keeps fond stories circulating throughout the office for months to come.
4. Don’t leave your team with empty stomachs
Nothing hinders an otherwise great day than grumbling stomachs and hungry employees. Checking with your venue to discuss catering options is a crucial part of the planning process, as is making sure you have a record of any dietary requirements. Be sure to provide these to your caterer as early as possible to make sure everyone has enjoyable meal options, and no one is left out.
Team building events take the effort to pull off, but much like the exercises themselves, a little work can go a long way. Cornerstone Theatre is proud to offer a unique venue, experienced event staff and a variety of options to ensure your time is fun, productive and rewarding! Visit our team building page to discover more of what we have to offer and contact us today to book your one of a kind team event!