Humans are social animals. From the earliest beginning of our evolution, we’ve functioned at our best when we’ve operated in social groups.
It’s not just important to have people around you; the connections you have need to be good ones that allow you to get the best out of them, and for them to get the best out of you.
Especially in the current climate, where many people are still working from home and groups of people who usually interact in an office environment are disparate across the country, it can be hard to feel connected to your team.
We've taken our own personal experiences, alongside the best business thinking, book references and case studies, to create a short guide to help you and your team stay close- even if you're far apart.
Read our "How to Keep Your Team Connected" guide below.
Want to download the guide instead? Click here for a downloadable version!
In a world where video calls are back-to-back and few people have seen each other in person for the last 6 months, there's a drive to put the "fun" back into team meetings.
Teams and organisations are now looking for interventions to slot into their face-to-face and virtual events, to shake up the energy and help people to reconnect. However, with safety and distance an imperative, it's not always easy to bring in external facilitators to deliver these activities, especially with budgetary considerations in place.
Along with lots of other providers, we've started to offer our in-person and virtual team exercises as "workshop-in-a-box" style packages, taking all of our years of event expertise and bundling it up in an easy-to-use pack for you to use at your events yourself.
So, here's a few reasons why you should consider a workshop-in-a-box for your next team meeting or online event:
1) It's cost-effective
This is the big one for most people. A workshop-in-a-box offering means you're paying for the exercise itself alone, rather than combining it with the additional fees of facilitators running the exercise on the day- which makes a big difference in price.
You also won't be paying the provider for their design time, as the exercise is pre-designed and "off-the-shelf", ready for you to use. This includes all the instructions, materials and facilitator notes, as well as a call to run you through everything to make sure you're ready.
2) It's reusable
With a workshop-in-a-box approach, once you've purchased your chosen activity or exercise, there's no limit to you using it again. Whilst you may be paying a one-off fee for the activity or session, you'll then have everything you need to run the session at your next meeting- at no extra cost.
It also means that if your event is cancelled or postponed, you'll still have everything ready and paid for for when it can be rescheduled.
3) It's easy to use
One of the simplest things about this format is that it just arrives on your desk- or doorstep, or even in your inbox- all packaged up and ready to go. There's no back and forth with external providers to get everything ready, ask questions and have drafts and revisions of exercise documents sent over, no conference calls, no endless meetings with committees of people to decide what to do. You just select your exercise(s) and away you go!
4) You're in control
Sometimes, it can be intimidating or tricky to hand over an entire section of a day to external facilitators you don't know, especially when it comes to team building! With a workshop-in-a-box, you're in complete control of the session. You know the makeup of your team, how long you've got to run the exercise and what you want to get out of it. You also get to take on the facilitation role yourselves, keeping the focus on you and your team whilst giving you lots of facilitation kudos!
5) It's fun!
Perhaps the best reason why you should take the plunge is, quite simply, because it's fun! Buying a workshop-in-a-box is a safe and effective way of being able to bring your team together and reconnect- taking the time to re-energise and motivate your team is crucial, especially given the uncertainty of the last few months.
So there you go- a couple of things to think about if your budget and resources are tight but you're still looking to bring some energy to your next event.
More information on our workshop-in-a-box offer and our FAQs available here.
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