Organise a memorable team away day

Posted on 2017/11/14

 

Team away days are typically used to get staff out of the office with the intention of boosting communication and teamwork. They may be a tool to get people working together with the aim of transferring that increased productivity back to the workplace, or to instil ideas and corporate culture into the group.                  

 

1)     What are your goals?

The first and most important step is to decide what the goals of the event are. Perhaps it is increasing the value of sales, reducing conflict, or increasing communication. There may be more than one goal. However it is sensible to have a lead goal as a focus to drive activities.

2)     Decide upon a budget

Many organisations will want to see a healthy return on investment for team away days. The budget should of course provide sufficient funds to run a successful day which can deliver upon the goals.

3)     Choose a location

The location is important because you want it to be somewhere inspiring for the team, but also not too difficult or lengthy to get to. The location will also be guided by the budget. If the team are being rewarded, then choose somewhere a bit more luxurious, with nice restaurants and things to do in the evening.

 4)     Choose a time

Your employees are likely to be far more receptive if the session does not interfere with their personal time. Therefore try and ensure the mandatory parts of the day are held within working hours and non-mandatory parts of the day are held outside of working hours. It is also important to consider work commitments. For example do not schedule an away day for a team of accountants during tax year end – you will be unlikely to have their full attention.

 5)     Make it fun and engaging

You want to motivate employees and get them to engage with the surroundings, their colleagues, and the content. The best way to do this is to arrange a day that is special and unique. Try and think outside the box and create a memorable experience.

 6)     Forget hierarchy

It is important to leave job titles and other forms of hierarchy in the office. Employees should feel that they are all on an equal footing so that they are free to contribute without fear of recrimination from their seniors.

 7)     Get feedback

At the end of the away day, let the team know that they will be asked for feedback within 2 days. It is best to let people get home and not force them to do feedback at the end of a long day. A brilliant way to capture their feedback is via an interactive poll as it is quick, easy, and engaging.

 

In Summary

A team away day is a fantastic way to build morale, create lines of communication, and boost productivity. By following our simple steps above, you can run an event your team will remember. However, if in doubt, there are many great organisations that are in the business of designing and running these days on your behalf.