Team Away Days

Waterfall Events can help you plan a team away-day. But why should you and your organisation take part in one. Let us explain…

They say a change is as good as a rest! One day away from the work-place can help to shake off those office-cobwebs and re-motivate your team. That’s why many companies now take part in away days and team building/bonding events.

Team Away days provide a great opportunity for employees to interact with colleagues in a different setting, away from the safety-net of their desks and out of their comfort zone, giving them an opportunity make positive connections with people they might usually avoid. Seeing colleagues in a new environment can provide a whole new perspective and can help to build relationships. After all they do say that you should never judge a book by its cover.

Some of the main reasons for organising a team away day are to:

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Away Days can also be used for strategic planning or resolving issues and problems. You can structure the day to focus on any specific area of your business. They can be a much more productive way of promoting team work, stimulating discussions and ideas. Your work force is also more likely to be more motivated by the prospect of going to an away-day than sitting in a meeting room or talking over a long conference call.

Here are some key points to think about before organising an away day:

• Objective/Aim – What do you hope to gain from the day?

• Budget – Make sure you don’t scrimp too much – you don’t want everyone to realise you tried to do everything on the cheap. They will understand some cost cutting but try not to make it too basic!

• Structure/Timetable – Make sure that the activities are defined and people know what they are supposed to be doing and when

• Expectations – How are your employees expecting to benefit from the day?

Planning a successful away day – some useful tips:

Plan an activity that although enjoyable, is well structured and organised. A fun activity can still promote values and skills such as team work, negotiation or communication.

Make sure Senior Employees are willing to muck in. This will promote respect and willingness for all staff to take part.

Start the day with an ice breaking session to relax everyone and get them in the mood for thinking and communicating.

To get the most out of the day make sure you regularly check progress and note how things could be improved. You may make your away day a yearly event so the more you learn and take from the day; the better it’ll be next time. The day should be focussed but fun. Make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves and if not, ask why not.

Organise your own event or better still – hire some professional help, someone who organises away days on a regular basis will have a wealth of knowledge that they can share with you. They will also have recommended suppliers and may be able to negotiate discounted rates.

We’ll end on one final note, try and make your day different – think about how you can organise something memorable (for the right reasons!)

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