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The Jenius Social Guide To Effective Team Building

Posted: 19 July 2021

Have you noticed that when your team members work together towards a shared goal, they seem more motivated and encourage one another to be more creative?

A well-run team building event is designed to bring the team together and inject a bit of friendly competition - happy employees are more productive, so keeping spirits up is a winning strategy!

With this in mind, what follows is a brief eight-point checklist for organising and getting the most out of your next team-building event:

1. Choose a Suitable Venue

You need a venue that provides the facilities, the flexibility and the staff you need to make your team-building event a success. It’s also worth looking for a venue with good transport links, you want to be able to give everyone the best opportunity to attend.

Our venue in London is spacious, conveniently located near 3 Underground stations and offers everything you need for a successful and fun corporate team-building event!

2. State Your Objectives

Team-building days are meant to be all about fun but it’s worth letting your team know what you are hoping to achieve from the session in order for it to be a success - and worth the expense!

Having a clear objective for the day will help you measure how successful the session was afterwards!

3. Choose The Right Activity

Team building is meant to get everyone working together, getting to know each other while having fun. Choosing the right activity is important - you want an activity that is inclusive, hands-on and flexible enough to cater to everyone’s ability and requirements.

If not everyone can travel to an in-person event, consider a virtual event; this means you can still include team members who can’t travel or who live overseas – so no one misses out on the fun!

4. Start and End on Time

Punctuality is a hallmark of professionalism and a sign of respect. Both of which you’ll need to communicate to get the most out of your team-building session. Be mindful of your team's transport or childcare arrangements as overrunning could ruin the day.

If you start and finish your event on the dot as specified, your team is far more likely to engage and you’ll retain the attention of those in attendance.

We ask our guests to arrive 20 minutes early for our in-person team building to give everyone a chance to get settled. For our virtual experiences, we recommend 15 minutes so that everyone has time to check their connections are working.

5. Consider Individual Requirements

The team building activity you book needs to be inclusive for all team members. The last thing you want to do is to book an activity that’s not flexible enough to cater to your team members’ requirements, thus leaving some team members feeling left out.

For a cookery experience like ours, you would need to consider the dietary needs of your team. Do you have any vegetarians? Does everyone drink alcohol? Having this information ahead of time means we are able to provide a seamless team-building event.

6. Request Feedback and Schedule Regular Team Building Activities

Lastly, there’s always room for improvement which is why you need to request feedback and suggestions after every session to help provide an even better experience for your team next time!

Team building events aren’t activities you do once a year or just at Christmas- you need to continuously ensure that you keep your team motivated, engaged and most importantly, have a little bit of hands-on fun with their colleagues. Make sure you schedule regular off sites (or virtual) events throughout the year.

For more information about our corporate cookery experiences, contact a member of the team at Jenius Social today.

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