How To Organise A Successful Team Building Day

How To Organise A Successful Team Building Day

Team building has a mixed reputation. For every employee who has participated in an effective team building event, there are always others who have endured a badly organised, embarrassing or irrelevant team building experience. Then there are the events that sit somewhere in the middle; an enjoyable day out, but one that fails to deliver lasting positive change back in the workplace. With such a variety of personality types, interests and departmental goals to account for, how do you execute a successful team building event that warrants your investment of time and money?

A considered, well managed team building event is an extremely effective business tool for instilling a positive team mentality, promoting confidence within your organisation and building engagement. The most successful team building events are goal oriented; overcoming workplace issues by equipping employees with valuable business skills, such as problem solving, project ownership, management, communication, negotiation and leadership. That doesn’t mean team building should feel like another day in the office. In fact, the success of a team building event also depends on choosing fun, rewarding and memorable activities, that encourage team relationship building through shared experiences.

Inspiring Team Building Events

Whether you’re managing a small team or a large organisation of multiple teams, coordinating the right team building event can be an intimidating task. Choosing activities that achieve the optimum balance of training and fun and stay within your budget is a considerable responsibility.

Here are our top five tips for a team building event that yields rewarding results for your employees and for your bottom line.

1) Define Business Goals

Effective team building strategy focusses on achieving clearly defined business goals. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate team dynamics and establish what is working well along with areas for improvement. Goals can then be set around target areas, enabling you to seek activities with clear purpose and function. This approach helps to define your expectations and provides the criteria to measure success.

2) Remember Workplace Relevance 

Team building encompasses a wide spectrum of motivational group activities, from business workshops to indoor and outdoor challenges, each designed to energise your teams and inspire creativity. Look for fun activities that support your business goals, encourage team bonding and develop key skills that can be implemented back in the workplace.

3) Go Offsite

Conducting team building activities offsite provides a fresh, memorable environment for learning. By allowing employees to escape the confines of their workplace roles, managers gain a unique perspective into the true dynamics of how their teams and departments interact with each other. This highlights weaker areas to address with training back in the workplace and positive behaviours that should be encouraged and rewarded to create a culture of excellence.

4) Use a Professional Team Building Company 

Delivering a successful team building event takes planning, expertise and experience.

There are many logistical considerations to plan for; including selecting and booking a suitable venue, catering and comfort facilities, arranging travel, and sourcing appropriate insurance cover.

Professional execution is vital to maintaining credibility. An established team of events management specialists will cover all the time-consuming logistics, design activities to your requirements, and provide highly trained coaches and facilitators to deliver a professional and polished event. Freedom from running the event enables managers to participate in or oversee activities; sending a strong message to employees that they are emotionally invested in the success of the event.

5) Reinforce Positive Lessons in the Workplace

Failure to continue team building back in the workplace is the most common reason many team building events fail to deliver lasting results. While a one-off event can be enjoyable and a great way to reward a team, growth within a team requires ongoing reinforcement of the skills learned. A successful team building event provides valuable insights for incorporating into a strategy for development back at the workplace.

To continue the momentum and create lasting change, it’s important for managers to set immediate, medium and long-term goals to work towards as a team. Accomplishments and ongoing achievements should be rewarded to incentivise teams and create a long term positive mentality where employees actively experience and understand the benefits of a unified workplace.

Choosing the Right Event for Your Organisation 

At EML Team, we offer inspirational, tried and tested team building activities, alongside custom designed team experiences, to give your businesses the perfect team event to achieve your objectives and build great teams.

Learn more about our 5 step process to creating team building that really works. Or get in touch with our experienced team to find out more.


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“EML have been absolutely amazing from the very beginning – their proposed team building activities have helped us achieve the objectives of our learning event while also having lots of fun! Very much looking forward to the next opportunity to work together!”

Rebeca Fartusnic | Associate Director | Deloitte

Professional, knowledgeable and friendly team to work with from beginning to end. Thank you for making our day a great success!
Caroline Greenfield | Aramco Overseas
You actually listened to the criteria I asked and followed up with a call to discuss options, out of 4 contacted no other company did that.
Michelle Duberry | Galliford Try
Really enjoyed working with Jon, Ruth and the team, exceptional customer service and support, would definitely work with you again.
Nicola Newman | The AA
Great day had a wonderful time thank you to all the team for making it such a successful event with many happy memories.
Mark Hoggard | Depuy J&J
Very professional and engaging company to work with. Great ideas and energy on the day resulted in some excellent staff feedback.
Jenny James | RoSPA
Just a big thank you again for a brilliant date. So well organised from start to finish and the team on the day were all amazing. Everyone had a great time and the feedback has been brilliant.
Laura Heaton | Hazlewoods
We have had lots of positive feedback from many members of staff. They really enjoyed all the activities and felt that it allowed them to have fun and to get to know colleagues better. Thank you!
Sonia Johnson | Bracknell Forest CC
Brilliant facilitation, really understood our needs and worked with us to create something amazing. Feedback from staff has been really positive. They were engaged, and it really did support us in our messaging. Thank you!
Clare Salerno | Saints FC
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell | Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, | Zhero
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin | Croudace Homes
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley | GKN Aerospace
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams | ECCTIS

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