How to Plan Team Bonding Activities That Your Team Will Love
If there’s one thing that’s crucial to team bonding activities, it’s planning. It all starts by coming up with the right idea…one that all of your employees will love. Whether you’re tossing around the idea of a casual company outing in New Jersey, hosting your summer employee appreciation event or thinking about an extravagant event in a luxury space, you need to execute the plan flawlessly, so everyone has a great experience.
If you’re not sure where to start or how to strategize the planning process, you’re in the right place! Our professional event planners know just how to make planning team bonding activities a breeze. Not only will we help you every step of the way, we have some useful tips below to help you get started planning your best team bonding activities.
Hosting Your Summer Employee Appreciation Event
Establish Your Budget
Setting the budget for your corporate event will help in the search for the right venue and activities. Remember, after the event is over, you still have a business to run, so it’s important to work with the money you have available. This will help you estimate costs and narrow down your list right from the start.
That being said, don’t be afraid to ask questions and get creative. What you see online may not be the only option available.
Determine the Goal
Every successful team bonding activity or corporate event, should have a goal in mind. Whether you want to boost the morale of your employees, celebrate company success or provide an opportunity to build more trust, having a goal will help you determine the right theme and activities to plan.
Choose the Right Activities
Now comes the fun part. If you’re organizing a team bonding event for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed with choosing something everyone will love. This is where you will want to bring your team on board in the decision making process.
Organize a team meeting and ask them for insight on the activities they prefer. Do they prefer immersive activities such as the Topgolf Swing Suite, featuring an interactive sport simulation experience? Are they competitive thrill-seekers who may enjoy something like a high ropes course? Or maybe the best option for your team is a classy after-work happy hour in your own private suite. You may also want to combine an educational experience with something fun and invigorating.
It’s important to take weather into account. In the middle of summer or winter, spending an entire day outside is not a comfortable experience for an entire group. You’ll need to find an indoor location to host your event, that offers a space to bring in any outside consultants or entertainment, provides food and drinks, as well as access to fun activities that inspire and stimulate your team.
No matter what you choose, make sure to take their ideas into account to help you pick the best possible activity and let your employees know you care.
Get to Work on the Details
Ready to plan team building activities that your team will actually enjoy and remember for years to come? Now that you know how much your event is going to cost, where you’re going to host it and what activities you’ll be doing, it’s time to work on the specifics. From food and drinks to furnishings and special amenities that bring your event to life, every detail needs to be taken into consideration.
Our team recommends that you create a logistics checklist so nothing falls through the cracks on your special day. Be sure to include:
- Date and time
- Transportation details
- AV equipment needs
- Follow-up communication and activities
Still Not Sure Where to Begin?
For additional support and expert advice from our professional event planners, get in touch with our team for a free consultation. Whether your company is just starting out or has been around for years, we’re here to help you make your employee appreciation event planning easy and effortless, from conception to execution.