Are you losing productivity at work? Are your employees having trouble getting along or finishing projects collaboratively? If so, it might be a good idea to set up a team-building weekend. This can help motivate your team and get them out of a slump.
The first thing you need to decide is where you will hold your retreat. While it might be easier and more cost-effective to hold it at your workplace, your team will probably be more receptive to coming into work on a weekend if it’s somewhere a little more appealing. Also, you’ll probably want to add some fun activities to your weekend and this is easier to do when you’re out and about.
Once you find a location, you can start planning activities for your group to do. You can find countless books and resources with activities. You can also find many ideas on the internet that you can use.
Be sure to target your team-building exercises specifically to your group’s needs. If your team has communication issues, work on that. If they have trouble with trust and working together, find activities that focus on those issues. Knowing your group members individually and as a whole will help to tailor the outing to suit their needs. It’s also going to make activities easier to find if you’re searching for “communication-building activities” rather than sifting through the thousands of ideas that appear for “team-building activities”.
While team-building activities are great for your goals, it is also important to set aside some time during your retreat to start putting your newfound skills and knowledge to use. This is a great time to talk about grievances in a productive manner, work on individual and group goals, and to make needed changes and updates to the way your office operates.
You also need to make sure there’s some fun involved in your weekend retreat. It might be that you choose more exciting team-building activities, rather than ones that will make you break down crying. It could also mean scheduling fun activities that go in between your more work-intensive sessions. Just make sure your employees’ eyes aren’t glazing over.
Once your team-building weekend is over, that doesn’t mean your team building should be. If you really want your progress to be successful, you need to have a follow-up plan. This can help continue building a sense of community, but will also keep your group from backtracking (which, without a doubt, they will do without a follow-up plan). This could be something big, like taking regular time out to have more exercises and group outings, or something simple like having team members give each other positive notes on a regular basis.
It is also important to add some way to evaluate whether your weekend was effective. This will help you plan events in the future and let you know what is working and what needs changing.
If done right, team-building retreats can be a great way to improve teamwork and results.