5 Reasons Team-Building Events are Fizzling
Because you work for a major corporation or a company that highly values and appreciates its employees, you have probably already had the experience of attending a lackluster (but good faith) company event that either struggled to keep your attention, unintentionally excluded you and people you care about, or managed to be as awkward as the first ice-breaker activity at a junior high summer camp for shy and gawky competitive chess-playing introverts.
Part of what makes that experience so frustrating, especially as an organizer and leader, is that we know more than ever about the psychology of play and engagement, but we end up organizing events that are quite bland or socially really predictable. We know we can do better, but we really just wanna get the job done on time and on budget.
Jane McGonigal from her Book, Reality is Broken, reminds us what people really want: “Today, many of us are suffering from a vast and primal hunger. But it is not a hunger for food – it is a hunger for more and better engagement.”
Why is it, then, that so many “team building” exercises have failed to evolve to meet this need? Why do so many company events inevitably fizzle? Here are some of the challenges we know you face:
1) The demand for creative team-building is hard to keep up with.
Planning just one event can be draining, and having to turn around and invent something new for the next season or cycle is really demanding on even the most creative person or committee. You know you could use someone to do some of that creative heavy lifting for you.
2) It has been difficult to engage a diverse group of colleagues.
For years, corporate and entrepreneurial environments have relied heavily on sports metaphors or specific cultural customs or holidays to set the pace for team events. But the workplace has changed and your go-to plans just don’t engage your whole team. It would be great to have team building options that has thought about these assumptions and intentionally engages different personalities, learning styles and approaches to leadership.
3) Team-Building organizations have often relied on the least common denominator.
In order to market their solutions to as many companies as possible, many team building products rely on common items like playing cards or familiar exercises that could easily be ice breakers at any social club. It would be ideal to have an easier way to engage your team’s imagination and to help an event feel more elevated, …special.
4) Actual reflection on team-building has been an afterthought.
While it is great for a team to just have time to go outside their norm and just have some recreation time, an equally fun activity that helps reveal a player’s strengths, strategies and mode of cooperation could change the way you work together.
5) Booking high-end thrill-seeking company events would have killed your budget.
Sure, hiring a three ring circus, a portable immersive AR lab, or a holodeck can be fun but it can also be wildly expensive to try to constantly impress your team members and their ever increasing demand for the “neat” factor. Planning affordable events that are elevated experiences that provide opportunities for insight, leave your teams feeling proud and accomplished while strengthening your sense of community will do more than just protect your employee relations budget.
At Rogue Signal, we venture off the beaten path. We go rogue. We have poured ourselves into some beautiful (but easy to execute) experiences that will raise your expectations of what a team-building event can be for your company.
Imaginative. Communal. Challenging. Insightful.
Let your team know how important they are while helping them be better at what they do. Impress your boss, win-over your colleagues and even exceed your own expectations …and it begins by doing something so simple as emailing us here at Rogue Signal. Go ahead and ask us to provide the affordably priced makings of your next engaging and ridiculously fun company event. It is team-building that doesn’t suck.