You’ve been charged with putting together a “successful” team scavenger hunt along with 1,001 other things for your next company meeting and don’t have the first clue (pun intended) about where to begin, let alone what defines “successful.”
Read on. Hopefully we’ll take some of the mystery out of team-building for those of you who are novices. Whether you’re organizing a scavenger hunt, competitive cooking class or group charades, there are three basics to identify before you move forward.
- Define your goals/expected outcomes. Are you trying to foster networking or employee cooperation? Build leadership skills? Identify weak performers? Just need to have fun? Get with those who mandated the team-building, whether they’re C-suite executives or from the HR department, and find out what they want to achieve.
- Determine group size. This is critical in choosing the best way to meet your goal. The list of games to play and activities to organize is endless, but some lend themselves to specific sizes and might bomb if that’s not considered. (What happens if only one team participates in a competitive cook-off, for example.)
- Establish your budget. Sometimes networking can be facilitated as easily and cheaply as providing stick-on name tags; other networking activities can cost much more. If your boss says, “I want a team super-sports event that rivals the Olympics!,” you’d better hope you have enough money to make that happen.
There are plenty of other factors to consider, too. You might want to consider hiring professionals to take care of everything, for example. Approach this just like you do when searching for any other kind of vendor.
Finally, when appropriate, always remember to use a theme in your team-building, just as you do with other event elements. This shows continuity and can clarify your message. It might just be the one thing your attendees remember long after the program is over.