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What Should A Good Team Away Day Achieve?

April 4, 2011

A team building away day presents a unique opportunity to achieve a number of outcomes.

A team on a team building away day

Getting out of the office on a team building away day can be a great way of motivating team members

On occasions the potential of time away from ringing phones, interrupted conversations and pinging emails can be lost due to rushed planning, unrealistic expectations or simply a lack of energy and fun within the agenda.

A good team building away day should achieve some (not all) of the following:

• More motivated team members
• A clearer sense of shared purpose
• Update performance and future plans
• New ideas for more efficient working
• More clearly defined and understood roles
• Greater appreciation of team members’ diverse strengths and attributes
• Increased trust within the team
• Short concise statements not endless flipcharts that are filed away never to be referred back to
• Clear space to think and generate ideas
• A sense of pride and belonging within the team

To make the most of a day ‘out of the business’ it’s advisable to delegate the facilitation of the content and logistics to a non-team member, this could be someone from another directorate or an external organisation. Using an outside agency should generate a fresh perspective and very often a good facilitator will come with a wealth of ideas and activities to generate energy, ideas and raise morale.

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