Team building done properly
I’ve done plenty of team building days and exercises with me being in the Army for the best part of 7 years. These are generally ok because typically you live with your colleagues and if you get annoyed or frustrated its quite ok to swear loudly and even have a fight if need be! Joking aside (I wasn’t), team building can be a chore and cringe-worthy, in fact, it can be a damn fearful thing when thinking you need to do silly tasks in front of your superiors and other colleagues. I get that, and over the 3 years we’ve been in business, we’ve mostly done random fun activities, like axe throwing, bowling, go-karting or Go-Ape followed by food and drink of course!
The trouble is as the team grows (we’re now 25 strong and growing) we need to be a bit more creative, and now with our Head of Talent, Briony, onboard she took it upon her self to organise ours too much of my delight.
As I mentioned earlier, too often companies organise team-building experiences without putting real thought into how they'll translate to better results, or they use them as a replacement for more meaningful work on communication or co-operation issues.
As a result, these experiences can be largely annoying to employees and - the opposite of raising morale - they can actually lower morale, especially if they're a response to deep-rooted, problematic team dynamics that require more serious solutions.
Real team building isn't about one or two events per year. Instead, it's about how a team runs, day to day.
How do we do it at Tillo?
From a communication PoV, we always have a full company meeting every Monday, this is mostly for Gareth and I to stand up and talk about what we’re up to and reiterate our vision but also what we're working on. It also gives us a chance to share our recruitment plans, exciting meetings & new opportunities coming through and generally, any other things on our mind that we feel are important to share with the company. We’ve always done this, literally from the start when there was only a couple of us, and we shall continue this until it feels right to change it up. Other teams in the business break off and have their standups or meetings as necessary but naturally, as you scale you don’t have as much airtime with everyone, so it’s nice to see everyone together for 30mins or so.
We also do a company lunch every month. Again, gives the whole team a chance to catch up over lunch and drinks.
We then do a company away days every quarter. The main objective here is to take time out to enjoy an experience but as a company. We’re not looking to force our team to do stupid nonsensical tasks for the sake of it.
This away was definitely one to remember. Two people per team had to download the Wild Goose Adventure App and enter the special code. Once done, we had to pick an elite team name, and obviously take a selfie :)