How to host a team building event that will actually work

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You wouldn’t be where you are today without your employees. They’ve stood by you through thick and thin, have done overtime to help you meet client demands, and have put in a lot of hard work to help you succeed. A team building event can be a fun way to show your employees how much you appreciate them, and can also help to bring your team even closer together than they already are. However, unless you have hosted one of these events before, you may be struggling to create an event that will benefit your team. If this is the case, read on for some tips.
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What is Your Budget?

The first thing to consider is how much you want to spend on the event.  Your budget will determine the activities that are available to you, and it’s one of the first things a team building events company will ask you.  Event days can range from £50 to £500, with the number of people taking part being the main deciding factor.  The other things that will determine the price include the type of event, its location, and any extra equipment that is needed.

What are You Looking to Achieve?

There is no right or wrong reason for hosting a team building event, but it’s important to know what you want to get out of it before you start planning.  If you’re unsure, consider asking your team for suggestions.  Once you know what you want to achieve from your team building event, you will be able to select a suitable activity.  Also consider whether you want a professional to help facilitate the event, or whether you feel you can host it on your own.  This will likely be determined by the purpose of the event.

Choosing an Activity

After determining your budget, and what you want to achieve, you’ll be in a good place to choose an activity for the event.  It’s a good idea to speak your team and see if there is anything they would love to do, and also if there is anything they would rather avoid.  Some people may not feel comfortable in water, for example, which will rule out any water based activities, however they may like the idea of an orienteering exercise followed by a picnic.

Selecting a Venue

Finally, you’ll also need to decide upon is the venue for your event.  If you are not taking part in an activity that requires you to be in a specific location (such as a kitchen, or a park), a hotel or a conference facility may be ideal.  Sites like Venuesearchlondon.com Free Venue Finder London can help you compare the options available to you.  When looking for a venue, consider whether you need any overnight accommodation, and whether you need refreshments/lunch to be provided.  If your budget is really tight, you could also host the event at your office.

Team building events can be useful for your employees, as well as a lot of fun.  It’s worth making the time for them, and your employees are sure to appreciate the effort that you have gone to.

Guest writer - Boris Dzhingarov. Boris is passionate about blogging and is the founder of 16 blogs. 


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