Teamwork is a critical component of human resource management. Apart from enhancing performance and productivity, it fosters effective communication and creates a positive working environment. Several organizations dedicate part of their plans to creating team-building activities to facilitate teamwork. However, not all activities selected are usually sufficient; while employees may regard some of such activities as time wasting, others would just not find them fun or enjoyable. In order to choose valuable and enjoyable fun team building activities, the following considerations should be made.
Assess the needs of the team
First, the team leader should ensure that all the members are ready for the activity. Organizing and conducting team-building activities will not bring any different if the team has engagement and coordination troubles. It is also essential to check if the members are willing to participate in the activity; no one should be coerced into engaging in any event. Likewise, the psychological and physical aspects of the activity must be considered; this way, the team will avoid games that create injury or cause embarrassment to members.
Understand the Objectives
The next step should involve deciding on the goals and objectives that ought to be achieved by the activity which should be related to the needs of the team. Some of the questions to ask when formulating objectives should include: Is the team having conflicts or facing divisions? Are the members having poor communication? Are some of the members unable to work in groups or disregard teamwork? Such questions can help in determining the objectives of the activity.
As the team selects a team-building activity, it is essential to design an event that is interesting as well as draw out all the challenges facing the team. There should be a debriefing session where the issues are linked to the team behaviors. The process of selection should also be collaborative; by engaging the members in choosing the team building activity, there is a high probability that everyone will love the activity selected.
Whether it is an indoor or outdoor teambuilding activity, proper planning is mandatory for effectiveness. The activities chosen should be able to address the issues that are affecting the team and should be engaging. By assessing the needs of the team and engaging all members, an organization can quickly come up with a more effective activity for team-building.