How to plan your next corporate team outing to get the maximum benefits

If you have been assigned the task of organizing the next corporate team outing in Bangalore for your company, in all likelihood, you are either super excited or simply freaking out from fear of failure. Well, do not sweat, we are here to give you a rundown on how to maximize the benefits from your team outing and make it one that your boss or colleagues, remember for a long time to come.

Corporate team outings have become a necessity; they are budgeted for, marked in calendars and waited for all year long. Every manager or management book is definitely going to tell you that team outing is imperative to driving the performance, boosting employee morale and building better personal relationships within the group. So obviously, every organizer is justifiably nervous about this responsibility, because he wants to get it right.

Get a feel of what people want

The truth is that team building can be more fun than stress, resulting in an amazingly congenial work environment if you tactically plan 'funtastic' activities. Successful corporate team outings are those which enjoy maximum participation from the team. A good way to ensure that you're on the right path from the word 'go' is right at the outset, ask all the participants to share what kind of activities they would like to do. You might get diverse views and suggestions but it is the perfect build-up to the event inviting everyone's participation. Be wise to choose 50 percent of activities to address common expectations and limit 50 percent to planning a surprise element to the get-together. In fact, you can create a team of volunteers to help you plan the event, this way; you can initiate the group participation even before the event.

Choose the right venue

There are several amazing resorts in Bangalore for day-out like Discovery Villageand corporate get-togethers, but based on what you have decided to do in the meet, look at venues that offer you the infrastructure and team that can assist you to pull off, what's on your mind.

Achieve your corporate goal the fun way

If you are aiming at maximizing the most out of your corporate get-together, identify and list the problems that need fixing in the group. Lack of communication and trust are often common causes of a dysfunctional group. Playing Chinese whispers and 20 questions is a fun way to effect better communication. Whilst tug of war, water volleyball, cooking competitions, scavenger hunt or a more trendy game like paint balling and several other adventure sports require team spirit and will help the team learn to rely on and trust each other.

Give out return gifts and prizes

People are often extremely sentimental of memorabilia that they get at corporate events. This is not necessarily because of how much it is worth, but often because of the memories they bring back. So based on the theme of the event, you may want to ensure that you give a take away token to each guest. Most corporate gifts can be customized these days, something that adds more value to each participant. Also ensure that every game played whether by a person or as a team sport, should be awarded a prize. Who does not love to win a prize? It increases team spirit and competitiveness. So be liberal in giving out prizes, the more, the merrier.

Have a theme dinner

Every corporate get-together has at least one focal meal planned for the group. Be experimental and go for a themed lunch or dinner, complete with the cuisine, music and participant's costumes adhering to the theme. The theme could be Bollywood, Star Trek, Cartoon characters, characters from history or fiction, the list is endless. It is a great ice breaker and an opportunity for people to just let down their hair and do something different. It also gives the participants to start preparation on something before they reach the event.

So next time you have a corporate outing to be planned be crafty yet creative. Goals will need to be accomplished and budgets will need to be met, but most importantly focus on creating fun and laughter. It is these memories that will create that special bond between employees of an organization, be it a CEO or an entry-level person.


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