Teambuilding events play a key role in improving employee morale and productivity but they often feel forced or repetitive. It’s important to understand what makes your team tick and what areas they could improve in – and what they enjoy.

In this guide, we explore how to organise a successful team social at work, including some of the different activities you can partake in.

Identify your goals

Before you begin arranging your event, you must first define your objectives. Ask yourself: What do you want to achieve from this? Do you want to improve teamwork skills, enhance leadership skills, or simply have fun? Clear goals will make the process of planning much easier and get the best results for your team.

Choose your activity

Selecting an activity will depend on whether you’re going to remain in the office or are willing to travel. Despite this, ensure the choice of activity doesn’t exclude any employees or make them feel uncomfortable. You want everyone to participate regardless of preference or ability.

Office activities could include hosting a board game tournament, a team quiz, or a group game of bingo. Just make sure to have all employees download a bingo app ahead of time. Examples of outdoor activities great for teams are go-karting, escape rooms, a sports day, or a movie night.

Struggling to decide? How about you send your employees the list and have them vote for their favourite? That way, you won’t be to blame for anyone who disagrees with the decision.

Determine the costs

From transportation to equipment and food and drinks, the costs of a team social can all add up. And if you need to stay within the confines of a budget, tracking these is essential. Some events or activities may also require a deposit so be sure to pay this in good time.

If you don’t have a budget, consider asking your staff if they would be happy to cover some of the cost or think of ways to do your event for free. For example, you could host it in the office and have people bring in food for a potluck and come up with some games to play.

Plan the logistics

The final step of organising your team social is to coordinate the logistics of the event. This means agreeing on a date, time, and location. The venue should be easily accessible to all employees and suitable transportation should be arranged if this is not the case.

At this point, you may choose to split your staff into teams to give them chance to get to know each other better. Try to put together people who don’t typically interact, as this will encourage communication and the development of new skills.

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