By Simon Hunter, head of venue and brand at Stamford Bridge
With economic positivity growing, team-building is enjoying a resurgence as businesses have increasing resources to invest in their teams. Team-building activities have been proved by numerous studies to positively affect problem solving, interpersonal relations and overall team performance.
At Stamford Bridge – home to Chelsea Football Club – we understand the effectiveness of great team spirit in achieving work-based goals, and the overall positive outcomes of team building initiatives have inspired us to partner with Wildgoose Events to bring their range of interactive team-building treasure hunts to our venue. These interactive treasure hunts are carefully created to bring out the best in your teams, whilst offering a completely bespoke solution to meet your specific goals.
Expanding our team-building offering with Wildgoose Events presents our clients with a new interactive group activity experience that’s completely customisable and unique to them, producing fun and memorable content that can be shared and learnt from for years to come.
For an effective team-building event that has a positive result – not just a wild goose chase – here are our top tips for achieving tangible outcomes:
Keep your eye on the finish line
Whether it’s addressing poor communication, conflicts or simply rewarding your team for their brilliant work, you need clear vision of what you want to achieve. This will help choose the most appropriate activity.
Know your team
Citrix data shows that 31% of office workers dislike the initial notion os team-building activities, so make the effort to discover which activities would appeal most to your team, and which would send them running for the hills. Ensure everyone would be comfortable taking part, avoiding activities which are too physically demanding or not for the faint-hearted.
Choose your activity
Now you know what you want to achieve and what would appeal to your team, you need a professional to deliver an effective programme. Wildgoose Events are trained to deliver bespoke activities to deliver your objectives whilst entertaining your team with a good mix of creative challenges and fact finding missions to encourage complete team participation.
There’s no I in team
Friendships and cliques naturally form at work, but for the purpose of team-building it’s worth splitting up established friendship groups and pairing people who might not normally socialise with each other. With treasure hunts at Wildgoose Events, your team can be split into carefully designed groups to compete.
Holding the event outside the office space helps to relax, inspire and invigorate your team, encouraging them to interact more freely. Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club, in a fantastic venue which is sure to leave your delegates inspired as they have 11.5 acres to explore, covering our Under The Bridge music venue, interactive Chelsea FC Museum and team press room.
Make sure to take plenty of photos and videos during the event and post the funniest images on staff bulletin boards. With Wildgoose Events, these memories are a key component of our programme and teams are left with many hilarious videos and photos to remember their day.
A full debrief and plan to move the team forward is crucial to keeping the positivity, relationships and momentum built during the day going.