Thinking about taking your employees out for a Team Building activity but not sure what to choose or where to go? It’s no small wonder. With more and more employers like you turning to Team Building activities as a way to develop their employees’ professional skills, organizations -like us at The Fun Plan- are working hard to always offer a variety of the most unique, rewarding and impactful activities for you and your group!
Lucky for you, this means the options of activities you can choose from nowadays are virtually endless! Of course this can also make your decision that much harder if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. But worry not! Here we’ll take a look at some points to consider as you narrow down your options and decide what kind of activity best suits your group and get a look at some great options of where to do so!
Duration of Activity
The first thing you should decide is how long you want your Team Building experience to be. Should it fit easily into a single afternoon, take up an entire day or span the length of a weekend? This decision may largely depend on the budget you have available to spend. But if the money is there don’t be afraid to invest in the most costly, weekend away option! In the past year ‘getaway’ excursions have risen to among the most loved Team Building activities by employees, the more exotic the location the better! For examples of activities that take up only an afternoon or evening, check out The Fun Plan’s website for activities like a Catamaran Sailing Experience in Valencia.
Number of People
Depending on the organization, many activities available for you to choose from may be quite versatile in their ability to accommodate both large and small groups, especially if the activity is outdoors. But it is always worth considering since some venues may not be large or spacious enough to comfortably accommodate large groups if you’re bringing one. If you are considering an indoor venue, like a restaurant or bar where group members will be seated or standing together for an activity, consider the amount of space each person has to get up, move around and communicate with those around them. Another good thing to consider would be the noise level of the venue you are considering. Communication is one of the most important things that team building facilitates so if you are considering a venue which limits people to one tiny space or is too loud for people to hear one another over, then you probably want to pick a different place! If you decide to take your team to a popular sit-down venue, make sure you remeber to call the restaurant in advance and make a reservation to ensure your team will have a table with enough room waiting for them.
A great example of a team building activity with a perfect venue is The Fun Plan’s Cocktail Workshop at the Hard Rock Café Madrid. With a venue so large and popular, the number of people you have in your group becomes a non-issue. The space allows team members to stand or sit comfortably at the bar, and gives them plenty of room to move about and mingle. Plus, it is a popular restaurant and bar for friends and families, so although there is sure to be music playing and a lot of people there you can probably bet on not having to yell in order to be heard by the person standing next to you.
If you have a group that is primarily younger (mid 20’s to mid 30’s) or primarily older (over 45) you will want to take that into account with the activity you choose! A younger crowd will most likely be more enthusiastic about activities that are super active or extreme like paintballing or river rafting whereas such events may hold little interest or even seem unpleasant to older employees. Younger groups may also be more interested in tech-focused activities like smartphone scavenger hunts. On the other hand an older crowd may be more excited to take part in a cultural wine and tapas tasting event.
Of course it’s also important to remember that every group is unique and not all of these considerations will apply equally to all groups! For example, you may have a group of super fit seniors who would love a Team Building experience that is physically active and fun.
This stage is a good time to take the general interests and abilities of your group members into account. If many already share a common interest, then you may have a perfect theme for your Team Building activity! You could also base your theme on a specific part of your company’s mission or goals, or on specific skills you want to highlight and your employees to develop.
From this point on you should be ready to choose a Team Building activity that is perfect for your team! And remember, any activity you choose will always be more fun and memorable if done in a faraway or exotic place you have never been before!