Teambuilding comes in all shapes and sizes. In our view the two most important aims are to improve connection and understanding within the team. Only once that process is done are you in a position for people to receive any kind of meaningful information or education.
So how can better connection and understanding be achieved at a teambuilding event? Well, it is not impossible to develop the beginnings of connection online. Before doing an in person event (particularly for people who have not previously met), I would suggest creating a WhatsApp or Facebook group to enable "virtual introductions" and build some excitement about meeting up.
If you are going Off-Site, consider first whether you wish to build teambuilding events around indoor or outdoor activities. Both can be fun and different people will have different views on this. One thing I would say is that an Off-Site is a time where a little bit of discomfort in the beginning leads to a huge sense of satisfaction (as problems and difficulties are overcome) in the end - We have definitely found that when teams join us for a two day event staying at our Yurt Village.
One thing to remember is always to ensure that activities are fun and contain an element of improving communication and trust within the team.
Setting problem solving exercises, where people have to work together to achieve their objectives is always good. Perhaps they could be relevant to your work - or maybe not. Either way, the satisfaction of solving the problem and overcoming the frustrations on the journey is always worthwhile.
Looking at how different personalities work together and helping people to gain an understanding of the language around personality is also good. One of my favourite personality profile tools is DISC, which looks at whether a person is task or people orientated in a certain situation. And whether they are extroverted or introverted.
In very simple terms, somebody who is task orientated and extrovert can come across as quite arrogant or be overly demanding. Whereas someone who is people orientated and introvert will often be very inclusive and caring. Both types of personality are useful in different situations and the more flexibility you have around understanding and being the different types, the easier you will find it to navigate through life.
How often should you do something different together as a team? There are no real rules around this however it is often good at times of change - perhaps when a new member has joined the team or two departments are merging - Or you have a specific team issue that you wish to unravel - Or, quite simply, you might decide that it is just time to have a bit of fun together.
art in the barn
Twice yearly, we host a Creative Arts Week in The Long Barn, run by Blooming Designs, owned by Alison Butler.
Each time they fill the workshops, with a variety of different people and people attend for all different reasons. Some people come to learn a new skill or to add diversity to their skills and knowledge. Some come along for a day out to simply to enjoy being creative with no particular plans or agenda. Others treat it as an opportunity to do something with an old friend.
In Alison's words...
"If the last two years has taught us anything , it is that being creative with like minded people is really important for mental well being, losing yourself in a creative process takes you away from worrying about what is going on day to day in your "normal" life.
One thing I always find most heart warming is the way the groups form and develop over the day. If it is a larger group, by lunchtime or just after, the energy and the atmosphere can be so uplifting that the creativity becomes secondary. And by the end of the day, it is great to see everyone going away happy and inspired to continue their creativity at home."
Coming up in March is this Spring's "Art in The Barn" series of workshops. They are taking place between 16th March and 22nd March 2023. If you wish to attend, head to our website for more details. This year we have workshops on Block Printing, Batik on Fabric, Mono Printing, Lino Cutting, Drawing, Print and Collage and Wire Sculptures. Currently there are spaces on all of these workshops and if you wish to book, you can do so online at www.bloomingdesigns/booking.
UPCOMING COURSES IN THE NEW YEAR (See website for full details)
Floral Still Life Tuesday 21st February 2023
Art in The Barn - 16th to 21st March 2023
ART IN THE BARN - March 2023DATE
16th March 2023
It's Only Natural
17th March 2023
Explore 1 or 2 Colour Lino Cutting and Printing
18th March 2023
Drawing, Print and Collage
Explore Drawing, Print and Collage
19th March 2023
Block Printing on Fabric
20th March 2023
Beautiful Batik on Fabric
21st March 2023
Kitchen Table Printing - Exploring Mono Print