A cohesive team is an effective team – but you can’t achieve this with an all-work attitude. There has to be time for a little play, which is why team-building events are so important. After all, as Henry Ford famously told us: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
Team-building events are an opportunity to create unity, which ultimately leads to business success. But, we know what you’re thinking — without the right itinerary, team-building events can induce an eye roll or two from even the most dedicated employees. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! By incorporating a mix of informational activities and entertainment during a key time of year (more on that later), employees will walk away reinvigorated and ready to collaborate. Read on for tips and tricks to planning an incredible team-building event that will foster camaraderie and success.
The first step in hosting a successful team-building event is choosing a time of year that’s feasible for everyone in your business. Summer is the obvious choice. Here are a few reasons why: Productivity plummets during the summer. Studies show that productivity can drop as much as 20 percent during summer, so holding a summertime team-building event is the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate employees and get them excited about the rest of the year. Summer is historically a slower month. This has implications productivity wise, as mentioned, but it also means people’s calendars are typically freer. In order for an employee to enjoy a team-building event and take away as much valuable information as possible, it needs to happen during a time of year that isn’t overly stressful. You’re not competing with major holidays or Q4 goals. No need to worry about Christmas schedules or that end-of-the-year push to finish things on a high note. Summer provides a nice lull perfect to incorporate a team-building event. You can incorporate a “summer fun” theme. When you think “summer,” visions of barbecues and pool parties might come to mind. Use this to your advantage for your team-building event! Perhaps it’s a field day with group games, or maybe you plan a “grill & chill” event full of savory BBQ and sweet snowballs.
A first impression has a big impact, whether you’re meeting a prospective client or sizing up a new employee. The same is true of a venue for your team-building activity. Ideally, you’ll want a place that makes a positive first impression, setting the tone for your entire event. A prime location sets the scene for a great experience, so it’s in your best interest to choose wisely. Take River City Venues, for example: our venues features indoor and outdoor settings plus spaces to accommodate intimate groups and large crowds alike. Moreover, it’s a unique location destined to stick in people’s minds. We like to think of our venue as a conversation starter in and of itself (where else can you get up close and personal with Mardi Gras floats?) – in past experiences, we’ve found even our decorations can serve as a kickoff point for great conversation during a team-building event.
You know that saying about the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Well, it holds true for men and women alike during a team-building event. Remember, these events can be mentally draining (or even physically draining depending on your schedule). Keep your guests alert and at-ease with a full spread of catered treats throughout the day. This includes drink options like water bottles and coffee, plus healthy items like fresh fruit and protein-packed nuts and cheeses. Depending on the time frame of your event, plan to include breakfast, lunch, or dinner as needed. A good venue should be able to assist in your catered needs – here at River City Venues, for example, we have all the accouterments necessary to accommodate anything from a light mid-morning snack to a multi-course evening meal.
Although your team-building event should include downtime for employees to socialize, be sure to include a fun activity that has a deeper meaning. Team-building activities are widely regarded for their ability to improve morale and leadership skills, but they also boast many other benefits:
Team-building events also teach time-management and strengthen individual relationships and trust. In short, be sure to include a team-building activity! Even activities that seem overtly recreational can have a larger purpose. Take our mask-making activity at River City Venues, for example. From the outset, this is simply a fun task with a take-home component. However, perhaps you have each department work together to create a mask that includes certain features or details. Or, maybe you split up everyone into teams of 3 in groups that don’t typically work with one another. A leisurely task suddenly turns into an opportunity for creative growth and trust among employees. A team-building activity is a fun and effective addition to your event. At River City Venues, we offer one-of-a-kind activities like float building and mask making.
Imagine how proud you’d feel if your employees couldn’t get enough of one another after a team-building event and decide to go out for dinner or a collaborative cocktail. But – wait a second – you’ve chosen a venue with no nearby options. Everyone decides they better just go home. Bummer! This is yet another reason why venue is so crucial to the success of your team-building event. Team-building effects can start immediately if you’ve chosen a central location wherein employees can have dinner together or bond over a glass of wine following your event. We know the power of a good location: we’re within walking distance to New Orleans’ Warehouse District, Central Business District, and famed French Quarter, all of which are chockful of opportunities for post-event socializing (especially in summer, when wrought-iron balconies beckon). If you select a location that’s centrally located, you can watch your team-building event take flight – even after it’s over.
We already know there’s no “I” in teamwork — and the same is true for planning a team-building event.
Don’t feel like you have to plan and accomplish every last detail on your own: enlist help where you can, whether
it’s a coworker who can assist in brainstorming team-building activities, or a venue with proven experience to help
ensure your team-building event goes smoothly. You can also feel free to contact us at River City Venues. We’re
event-planning experts, whether your team is a group of 10 or 10,000.
We hope that after reading this you feel better equipped to plan an incredible summertime team-building event.
Summer’s the perfect time to reinvigorate employees and finish the year with newfound excitement. With these six
steps, you’re in prime shape for a team-building experience they won’t soon forget… but if you need more help,
we’re here for you!