How to make your next social event a smash hit! Here are our top 3 tips to plan team events and keep employees engaged.
So, you’ve made it this far (if you haven’t, go back and read Part 1 here). Just a quick recap, in Part 1, we shared statistics that shine a light on the importance of team events. The evidence shows that happy employees are more sociable than those who aren’t, and they enjoy participating in team based activities.
Employees, regardless of which generation they are from, want to take part in meaningful company activities. Forging The research shows that forging friendships is also important to employees. Think of your team as a tribe (we know tribalism doesn’t always draw positive connotations) but it’s a primal instinct to want to work together, play together and grow together.
You’ve set your sights on developing a series of social events for your team. You know what type of events you want to hold and you're ready to activate your plan.
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, easy there young padawan! Take a step back, and don't rush into anything. Last thing you want is for your event to end with a whimper. This is not the type of project that you can do on your own. You need to make sure everyone is happy with your ideas, and give people the chance to pitch their ideas to you and their colleagues. The best part about including your team in the decision making process is you’ll have advocates from day one. If you haven’t consulted with your team already, go back to the drawing board.
Once the type of event has been agreed by the team members, the next step is to plan the hell out of the event, and send out regular communications and updates. Your social event relies on creating excitement and keeping people informed.
A study by Vogelsänger Studios revealed that when asked what a team event should include, team-building activities came up first, closely followed by food. Make sure the food served at a team event is of a good standard. According to the study, food was a reason for dissatisfaction: when employees were asked what they didn't like about their last corporate event, the most frequently cited items were food, organisation and location.
Social events are just like any other events and need proper planning for the success of the team-building strategy. No matter what social activities you dream up, a shared meal as well as regular get-togethers should always be part of your plan. We have a few tips to help you get the most out of your team-building strategies:
Let your team have a say in the choice of the team-building event. By giving your employees the opportunity to make suggestions and vote on them, you will increase the likelihood that they will have positive thoughts about the event.
For our summer party this year we asked all PayFiters what kind of team event they wanted to take part in. Our Happiness Manager collected their suggestions, and evaluated them. They were then put on Slack so that the team could vote on them with emojis. If you haven’t already noticed, we love a good emoji here at PayFit!
While Gen Y accepts mixing work life and private life, Gen Z attaches importance to the fact that these two areas must be kept separate from each other. Team events should take place within working hours if possible. Weekend trips away won’t cut it here, but a three-day offsite activity that takes place during the week will get your staff excited!
Social events need to be booked months in advance, as this helps with planning as well as securing your desired dates. The earlier your employees know about your event, the easier it is for them to make arrangements and schedule them in. This removes the risk of the event clashing with holidays and other commitments. We all know that it’s always nice to have something to look forward to!