Organising team events
Participating in team building events is very important for companies as it allows for colleagues to break away from the work atmosphere and bond with one another. I feel that getting to know your colleagues in a more social environment contributes to improving team communication and success. Team collaboration in the PR industry is especially important and that’s why we have implemented our Friday drinks session as well as bi-monthly team building activities.
Our bi-monthly activities include Putt Putt and Ice Cream on the promenade and a picnic in the Green Point park. Along with these, we’ve also decided to have a bi-annual team event which is going to be a Women’s Day high tea in August and an afternoon at Hint Hunt in October. For our big end of year team building event, some of the ideas include a team cooking class and an Acrobranch or Cape Canopy Tours experience – we can’t wait to end off the year on a fun and celebratory note!
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The planning process has been exciting for me, as I love to sit in the driver’s seat when it comes to organising! In order for us to plan efficiently, and for each team member to add their ideas and comments for these activities, we followed a simple process which allowed for everyone to contribute in the easiest way possible.
I created a sheet on one of our existing Google Docs, where I added all of my ideas along with the potential cost of the activity, the website and whether the event is bi-monthly, bi-annual or a contender for our year-end function. One of our upcoming events that will be taking place next week is Mandela Day. I added a few different ideas for us to do next week Tuesday, as a way for us to give back and volunteer for 67 minutes. Once everyone had added their comments, it was decided that we’ll be packing meals with FoodBankSA on the 18th of July. Even though this is a voluntary event, we still see it as a ‘team building’ opportunity as we’re able to bond in a more relaxed and fun environment and we’re all looking forward to it.
As previously mentioned, planning and organising is an extremely enjoyable task for me and I jump at every opportunity to do so. Doing extensive research and talking to the necessary people is imperative for any planning, whether its client related or for internal matters such as team building events. I’m incredibly excited to set final dates for the various activities chosen by my team and I’m especially looking forward to the many more planning opportunities that may arise.