We get to hear interesting stories from the teams we work with about team off-sites that they have been part of. One of the common laments from both organizers and participants of team off-sites is about the lack of engagement. For all organizations, team off-sites, especially senior leadership meets are a considerable investment of time and money to put together. Based on our experience of working with teams across industries and of varying seniority, below are some tips for you to think over next time you have to organize a team offsite.
However, a caveat is that this needs to be consistent with the overall messaging of the off-site – if your overall theme of the offsite is collaboration, a team building program focusing on activities where teams compete fiercely with each other could ruin the whole mood of the program!
Contrast this to a leadership team, who participate in a team activity with the same enthusiasm and fire that they show at work! Which one would you prefer as a participant? Like body language, the messages that you communicate through indirect means also contribute significantly to the success/failure of a program.
What are your priorities when you plan a team offsite? Do join the conversation at our blog.