Make your company’s yuletide celebration more memorable this year by hosting a holiday team building event instead of just having a company holiday party.
Of course the food and drinks will still abound, but unlike the usual year end party, your holiday team building event will be a fun learning activity that gives participants great memories and the joy of giving back, instead of just hangovers and indigestion.
Team building is a motivational experience for employees to gain knowledge of not only how to work together better but also of what the people they work with are all about. When employees leave the office (and all the stress associated with it) and engage in personal bonding through fun activities, it results in both learning new skills and developing other assets and connecting as a team.
Communication and Motivation
Team building sessions can be conducted indoors and onsite, or outdoors and offsite if you want a change of scenery for your team. Most team building activities – whether onsite or offsite – are designed with all physical abilities in mind. No matter the nature of the activities, though, holiday team building exercises highlight two critical aspects: communication and motivation.
These two elements combine to yield results in team bonding, application of well-thought out strategies, identification of strengths and weaknesses (enhancement of the former and improvement of the latter) and improvement of productivity. A one hour to half day holiday team building activity can teach problem-solving skills, improve communication, practice time management, promote creativity, and encourage trust among team building participants.
The Need to Customize Some Activities
Customized team building activities are recommended for organizations with specific strategic charity partnerships. A workshop filled with stuffing teddy bears or where your teams build bikes to be donated to the local community can reinforce your corporate social responsibility theme established throughout the year.
Since the focus of holiday team building is about bringing people together in new and unexpected ways, it helps the meeting feel more like a celebration than work. Especially when the recipients of your holiday donation come in at the end of your company party – it’s a goose bump moment your team won’t soon forget!
Return On Your Investment
Money spent on team building activities is a long-term investment where more and more companies and organizations are beginning to understand the value. Workshops with enjoyable, uplifting sessions that focus on workplace processes, skills development and nurturing abilities ensure that company funds will yield a positive Return on Investment instead of just sunk costs into yet another party that is quickly forgotten about when you’re all back to the nine-to-five.
Continuous motivation of your team increases productivity, provides harmonious interaction, and develops personal excellence in each employee that participates. Throwing a company party that doubles as a team building exercise rather than the standard cocktails and finger food at a hotel will provide a much greater return. Holiday team building events and providers vary, but opting for the best will spell the difference between another ho-hum holiday party and an experience to remember.