2018 is cranking away at record speed (it seems like it anyway) and 30th June is almost upon us. It seems like only a few months ago that we were gearing up for 2017 End Of Financial Year team activities, and what a crazy few months it was, as its generally one of our busiest periods.
Making a fuss over the teams efforts throughout the year, and outdoing last years shindig has become pretty popular, and given the increased workload and near 24-hour connection to work (technology does have sits downfalls), 2018 will be a big year.
So many companies and team leaders realise the importance in letting teams know that they have done a great job, are much appreciated, and deserve a pat on the back.
If you have had a big year, your team have put in the hard yards, and have exceeded expectations, then it is time to recognise their efforts, reward them and celebrate. Even if it’s been a tough year, one that you will be happy to see the end of, its still a nice bookend to the raise a glass, thank the team for their efforts, and look forward to a better year moving forward!
Recognition goes a long way in creating a positive team culture and provides much-needed motivation moving forward.
A critical component of team building is to celebrate the successes, accept the failures, recognise the big efforts, and come together as a team. It might be as simple as getting together for staff drink, a team dinner, a fun awards afternoon, or even a casual get together (out of the office) for a few laughs.
Organised team building activities are also a great way to get together with the team, take a load off, and have someone else be responsible for putting an event together. There are so many options and team experiences on offer these days, its almost mind-boggling when looking for an event or activity suitable for your team.
The absolute key success factor when choosing an experience or activity for your team, is to ensure it caters for as many in the team as possible. Don’t just pick something that the boss is good at (and wants to show everyone), and definitely stay away from activities and experiences that the quiet, introverted team members will struggle with… remember it’s about inclusion and engagement!
If it’s an organised team building event, look for something that focuses more on collaboration or a shared positive experience. Activities where the whole team can achieve success together, and the ability to engage them into a common goal. Create a fun, positive and interactive setting, throw in some awards and special mentions for big efforts throughout the year, celebrate birthdays, and make mention of new staff or staff that might be leaving.
Inclusion makes for a more dynamic and fun experience for everyone involved.
Collaborative team experiences will have far greater impact and will be remembered longer than competitive activities where you have a small group of winners, and the remainder of the team feeling like losers. Keep team activities collaborative in nature, fun and interactive, and everyone wins! Reward your team, don’t embarrass them!
A successful team activity will suit you, your team and your goals, giving a sense of value to your group and with the aim of developing better team relationships.
With the weather around the country perfect for outdoor activities, now is the perfect time boost employee engagement and productivity through team activities as you gear up for the new Financial Year.
We are pretty spoilt for choice with regards to the number of amazing venues , corporate spaces and funky beverage houses in Australia, so if your looking for an indoor contained EOFY shindig, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the perfect location. Just get in early, as venues book out pretty fast, and tend to get more expensive the longer you leave the booking! Ask for a deal, negotiate drinks packages, minimum spends, themes and nibbles, and make the venue work for your business!
It definitely pays to ask what a venue can offer you in order to get your booking.