Corporate team buildings are a great way to introduce a new topic, procedure, or software to your employees while facilitating deeper bonds with the ones you work with. Whether you are thinking about hosting a corporate Christmas party, a team building event, or a directors retreats, you will be able to find an ideal accommodation with Party Houses.
1 – Objectives
Objectives should be considered as the most important part of the process! What problem are you trying to solve? For example, are you looking to create new ideas, bring your team closer together, improve motivation or get buy-in to corporate ideas? Agree on objectives and prioritise them before beginning any other planning.
2 – Consult and Set Tasks
Decide who to trust to organise your event. Can you share the workload as part of a team building exercise? Social part of the agenda can be allocated to a different person than the hire of equipment or venue selection for example.
3 – Set a Budget
Be realistic. Include the extras such as travel, and whilst it may not be on your spreadsheet, also think about the opportunity cost of being out of the business and who will be available for urgent matters back at the ranch.
Explore options – the classic hotel is not the only choice. Party Houses are great value while providing you with all the necessary privacy.
4 – Set date and duration
How long do you need to achieve your objectives? Is a day long enough? An evening and overnight stay provides a more relaxed atmosphere which is great for strengthening team spirit
Be flexible on dates to get the best prices from venues and suppliers.
Book as far in advance as possible to get the best choice of venues.
5 – Choose a great venue
Think broadly about what sort of venue would be ideal for your event. Do you want top luxury as a reward or somewhere practical and cost-effective?
Can everyone reach it easily? If your company has various branches around the UK, make sure to choose a location that’s easily accessible to all. The South East and Midlands and the Peak District tend to work best for our corporate partners.
Does it have enough reception rooms including the break out spaces and outside space you want?
Can you have exclusive use or do you have to share the bar/restaurant etc.? Luckily our Party Houses are all for exclusive use so you will be able to have the venue and the outside gardens all to yourselves.
6 – Invite the right delegates
You don’t necessarily need to invite everyone in your company to the corporate retreat. Perhaps you want to just invite the customer service team or organise a director’s retreat. Choose the guests so that they fit your end goal of the team building retreat.
7 – Create a productive and compelling agenda
Organising activities for corporate delegates can be difficult as many have already undertaken standard team building tasks involving some games. Think outside the box and find the right activities to fit your Party House and the end goal you’re trying to achieve with the event.
Ensure there is plenty of time for everyone’s views to be heard. Finish with a summary and time to allocate follow up- tasks.
8 – Employ a strong facilitator
Your facilitator needs skill, a strong character and experience in negotiating, managing pace, drawing conclusions and handling tricky delegates…
9 – Listen
There is little point in bringing your team together to tackle challenges unless you are prepared to listen to their ideas. Encourage and value input from the most junior members of your team. Mix up hierarchies and staff from different departments to generate fresh perspectives and ideas.
10 – Follow Up
Protect your investment! Cherish the valuable outputs from your get together.
- Undertake evaluation
- Set actions and task owners
- Follow up ideas
- Report back
- Justify the investment.
- Share progress over the following months and show how the ideas are being implemented.