So you are tasked with organizing a team bonding activity with a caveat that it has to be fun, unlike the last time… Where do you start? Read on to learn the tips and tricks for picking a team social event that won’t make your employees cringe.
Before you start looking at the options, consider the following:
- What’s the goal of this team building exercise?
- Do you have a hybrid, remote or in-person work environment?
- How many employees will attend the event?
- What’s your budget?
Let’s dive deeper.
What’s the goal of this team building exercise?
You can randomly pick any group activity New York City has to offer but not all of them will help reach your goals or make a pleasant impression on the team. So make sure to define the goal of the team bonding activity: would you like to build trust? Do you want to help relieve your employees’ stress? Is it just for fun or should it increase productivity down the line? Your goal could be a mix of these answers.
Do you have a hybrid, remote or in-person work environment?
According to a recent Gallup study, employees working remotely are losing connection to their organization’s purpose. Moreover, since 2022 there has been no improvement in engagement for hybrid or exсlusively remote employees. Bringing these employees together for an enjoyable social event might help them feel more engaged and connected to the organization’s mission and purpose.
How many employees will attend the event?
If you have a team of 100+ people, consider multiple activities or an outdoor adventure (or even a retreat or offsite). With smaller teams, you have more options to foster meaningful employee relationships. Spaciously has options in NYC for both big and small teams.
What’s your budget?
Last but not least, you need to set a realistic budget for your team social event. With Spaciously your budget spreadsheet does not have to include separate lines for selecting the venue and organizing catering, because we’ll take care of it. Depending on your team size, consider 3 budget ranges for New York: for a small team of under 30 people, a team social might cost anywhere from $100 to $200 per person. For a medium-sized team of 30-100 people, plan to spend $75 to $150 per person. If you are organizing a large event (100+ people), set aside $50 to $100 per person. Get in touch with us to discuss your options.
Equipped with the answers to these 4 important questions, you are ready to delve into a huge selection of group activities. How do you pick one that not only meets your goals but is also fun for the attendees?
To come up with group activities your employees might actually enjoy, check out some popular subreddits or better yet—survey your team. Ask them, “What team social event would you be interested in?” Pick a few answer choices from our activity selection. Make sure to add a maximum of 5 options which include at least 1 outdoor, 1 indoor, 1 active, and 1 relaxing activity and make the survey anonymous to get more honest replies.
A good example of a group activity that employees typically enjoy (and which doesn’t make them cringe) is a cooking or baking class. Sharing a meal is one of the oldest human experiences which helps build trust and promotes productivity. Cooking and eating together not only improves collaboration but also keeps employee morale high. It also helps uncover the secret talents of your co-workers and approach a team challenge in a new way. Spaciously offers a variety of cooking classes in NYC from sushi making to granola tasting that can be arranged right in your office!
A successfully organized team social event will recharge the team and create good memories. An improved communication will result in increased productivity. Browse the activities Spaciously has to offer and book the one that fits your team best.