If you are thinking about having a team away day with your organisation or company, then you may get slightly overwhelmed with the different varieties of activities that exist out there. Head to a search engine and there will literally be hundreds of different suggestions for your area, however, be warned, not all of these are actually genuine team building activities and more normal entertainment activities that are advertised to entice you.
Appreciating your team through a team-building exercise is something that most people will actually look to enjoy but it will also give some business benefits too. A happier team is a far more productive team and as a result, the business performance is positively affected. Below are some of the ideas you could consider for a team away day.
Employ a Team Building Company
The benefit of just going straight to the team building experts is that they can tailor the program and activities around your needs. Not everyone in your team may be high energy individuals and a more logical team building program may be needed. When you go to the experts in team building activities, they will ask you many questions like; what are you hoping to get out of it? Are you looking for high energy? How many people? What is your budget?
Be prepared to have a think about these sorts of questions before contacting them as they will have bespoke activities for you, or they may need to change things around to suit your needs.
Talk about high energy then Go-Karting is an event that usually gets everyone very much motivated. It may not sound appealing to all but usually, when people get involved, they get really involved and competitive. There is probably a perception that go-karting is for people that are younger and more fit but that does not have to be the case. People of all ages and sizes get involved in this. There is even go-karting for rides. When booking this, there is usually a tournament associated with this and a massive podium where at the end of the tournament people are able to stand on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd places. Get the champagne out and spray as if it was the F1. For your company, it might as well be!
If your team would enjoy a more relaxed but thought-provoking day, then escape rooms could be right up their street. Most cities nowadays will have their own escape room events with different variations that may change frequently. These escape rooms are usually decorated in a very creative way so that you get the feel of the theme they are trying to portray. Patience and attention to detail are required throughout this event as if you jump onto the wrong thread from a clue, you could end up going down a rabbit hole and not progressing out the escape room in time.
For those of you that are struggling, you can usually ask for “additional clues” when waving to the cameras. These sorts of activities are highly popular with companies and are regularly used for team building events. Before booking it though, make sure that no one in the company has been there recently as if they have, there may still be the same layout. They will know all the answers and ruin the fun for everyone else!
These are just three ideas of many for an away day. Give your staff some time to unwind and relax – they will no doubt appreciate the opportunity to do so massively! Have a think about what you think your team would enjoy.
Ella Woodward is an entrepreneur who has built a career as a freelance writer and building a business from her skill with words and understanding of the needs of corporate readers.