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Key Steps to an Effective Team Building Plan


Key Steps to an Effective Team Building Plan

Gina Abudi shares an article designed to help build a plan when planning to build a team.

When you have decided to commit to team building on your team, build out your action plan to plan for team building. In this way, you’ll be sure that team building will be more than just some fun for the team (though that is important too!) but will also address the reasons why you are doing team building in the first place.

Take these seven (7) important steps to develop your team building action plan and ensure your team building events are a success:
1.      What’s the goal: Why are you doing team building? Are you trying to address a problem on the team? Do you want to improve the team’s ability to collaborate? Do you have some new members joining the group and want to integrate them with the rest of the team? Do you just want to celebrate some great work the team is doing? There are any number of reasons why you would launch a team building effort; understanding your goal for doing so enables for planning the right team building event or activity.

2.      Do research: Research some options to ensure your goals are met. Do you need training, team building activities, team assessments? What are the options available to help you achieve your team building goals? Ask friends, colleagues, look at what others in your industry are doing, do a Google search, and ask your employees for suggestions on team building events.

3.      Determine timing: What is good timing for any events planned? Consider busy time periods, planned vacations, holidays and other times of the year when it may not be conducive for team building. (For example, a finance group likely doesn’t want to think about team building during year end closing activities.) How can you ensure that all team members participate? (For example, if you have a customer service team that is required to be on the phones, how can you ensure they can get together and still ensure customers are taken care of? Can others in the organization cover for them?) Will this be a one-time event, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annually? You might have a variety of activities throughout the year, some more complex than others.

Key points include:

  • Assessing budget

  • Allocating tasks

  • Evaluating results

Read the full article, Build a Plan for Team Building, on Linkedin.