Golf is more than just a game.
Many corporations and businesses may think eliminating golf from their program is an easy way to cut costs, when in reality it’s a fairly inexpensive way to accomplish multiple goals.
Whether your attendees are avid golfers or first timers, with the right approach it can be a successful way to encourage camaraderie and let people get to know one another outside the boardroom and office.
Staff members at most golf courses are experienced in creating customized golf outings that are fun for all levels of players. In planning your event you can solicit the avid golfers to be team captains and assist in making the other inexperienced teammates feel comfortable.
Putting the focus back on the team.
Whether you are putting together a simple ice breaker or a multi-day teambuilding conference one thing is certain, all teambuilding efforts, no matter how simple or complex, are aimed at improving the communications skills and camaraderie among those involved. This is why teambuilding initiatives are so important.
In this Midwest Meeting’s special teambuilding section you can learn from industry experts about what they are seeing as the latest teambuilding trends, and get some terrific recommendations on how to conduct an effective teambuilding exercise with a limited budget. You’ll also get firsthand information about teambuilding activities that give back in a one-on-one with interview with Diana Braasch, Manager, PLATO Learning.
And, be sure that you take the time to read about some hair-raising extreme teambuilding ideas that are certain to push your participants to new limits. Creating a great teambuilding program is a challenge for every organization. However, after reading this special focus, we’re pretty confident you’ll be ready to launch some amazing initiatives to help everyone in your organization bring out the best in themselves and unite the group at a whole new level.
* The latest in teambuilding trends.
Now that the economy has started to rebound and things are getting back to “normal”, there is a real need for employees to actively engage in and embrace worthwhile teambuilding experiences to restore harmony in the workplace.
So how do you, as a meeting planner, plan a teambuilding event that will not only build unity but also improve your company’s overall morale? We asked some industry professionals to weigh in on this, as well as what they see as the current teambuilding trends. Here’s what they had to say:
** Interactive learning sessions are one thing; having attendees do the work of your speaker or trainer is another. Make sure your speaker can deliver real content to complement any group exercises or activities in which attendees are expected to take part.
** Many organizations are seeing a rise in popularity for philanthropic meeting and event group activities. Take a look at your group’s programs and consider whether there is an opportunity to plan activities that result in a positive contribution to a community or cause. Attendees will likely appreciate the chance to give back.
**To better facilitate learning and takeaway for attendees, break them up into small groups and provide active learning environments. Most people interact and respond more in a small, involved group than in a large, passive gathering.
Making a difference one bike at a time.
Teambuilding exercises can offer several benefits to a company. However, the benefits don’t have to stop there; companies are becoming wise to the fact that they can coordinate activities that not only serve themselves, but also make a difference in the community.
PLATO Learning is an innovative educational technology company. The company is know for their creative products that cover a wide-range of learning and teaching needs, from traditional classroom instruction to distance learning. Finding creative solutions and forward learning is what the company is all about, so it’s no surprise the company found a way to give back with their recent teambuilding exercise.
• Save money with these teambuilding ideas.It is critical to plan teambuilding initiatives that won’t break the bank or cause leaders within the company to question the real purpose of the event. Midwest Meetings asked industry professionals for their ideas on how to host a great teambuilding event on a budget and here is what they had to say:
10 Techniques for Teambuilding
Entertain the Idea of Offsite Locations
Part of what makes teambuilding activities fun is the
idea of stepping away from the daily humdrum. By
hosting a teambuilding activity outside of the office, team members will be less distracted by office happenings and more focused on the fun and challenging task at hand.
Behind any successful company, you are likely to find loyal and hard-working employees. Corporate teambuilding has become more common and is often times credited for increasing employee morale and strengthening employee relationships. Switch is an agency whose main objective is to connect people with fun brands by immersing them in sensory experiences. This agency in particular sets aside a day annually for its employees to participate in what they call, Field Day. In this Q&A forum, Switch Chief Creative Officer, Ann Castellano discusses what Field Day is all about and what impact teambuilding exercises have on Switch employees.
• Meetings offer great opportunity for teambuilding activities
• Breaks down barriers and improves collaboration
“Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”
- Henry Ford