Whether you’re ready for it or not, 2024 is here. As we enter a new year, it's time to reflect on the past and set our sights on an even brighter future. Ask, what have you learnt from the past year and, more importantly, how are you going to make this next year your best yet? We think it all comes down to the team you build around you.
Realising success, growing your business, improving on this past year’s outcomes… they all come down to your team. And to get your team performing at its best, it needs to be connected, driven by a single vision and move as one entity. Achieving that starts with shared experience and a sense of community. In fact, according to a recent survey, a staggering 90% of employers said that a sense of community is vital to success.
In this article, we'll explore the significance of fostering a strong community within your team and give you some tips on how to kickstart 2024.
The power of community
Community is the foundation on which trust, collaboration, and innovation thrive. Aligned teams tend to get the best results and your people know that. A recent Salesforce study shows that employees, as well as 97% of leadership, blame a lack of alignment within teams for any failures. When your team feels a strong sense of belonging and togetherness, then, they are more likely to work together seamlessly, share ideas openly, and ultimately, drive your company's success.
As remote work continues for so many and digital collaboration is becoming part of our everyday, building a sense of community can be more challenging. But that just means it’s more necessary than ever. Highly successful teams share plenty of characteristics but one of the most important is that effective team members carry on side conversations, take breaks together and catch up on non-work topics frequently. Investing in team events and experiences that take your people outside of their usual roles and spaces is a surefire way to bring everyone together and foster that vital sense of camaraderie.
Team building that gets results
Team events and experiences have real power in your business because they provide a unique opportunity for team members to come together, bond, and build relationships beyond the confines of the office. The impact of well-planned team events can be profound, as they do more than just share your latest messaging or get everyone on the same page. They foster a sense of togetherness that can extend beyond the workplace.
Crafting your next event is all about finding the sweet spot between enjoyment and purpose. Whether it's a playful touch, a strategic edge, or a bit of both, at DRPG, we dive beneath the surface. It's important to infuse every element with an authentic vibe and a confident approach. Events aren't just for show; they should be meticulously designed to hit objectives and yield tangible results.
But what makes a team event or experience really impactful? The answer, as always, lies in the planning and execution. Here are some key principles to keep in mind as you prepare for the year:
Be purpose-driven: The most impactful team events are those with a clear purpose. Whatever the activity, aligning its goals with your organisation's objectives means that participants leave with even more learnings.
Prioritise inclusivity: To foster a strong sense of community, everyone needs to be able to participate. Tailor your events and experiences to accommodate different interests, abilities, and personalities to strengthen the bonds within your team.
Keep it fresh: Repeatedly organising the same type of events can lead to diminishing returns. Keep things fresh and exciting by exploring a variety of experiences or opting for something unexpected every once in a while.
Reflect and learn: After each team event, take the time to reflect on what worked and what didn't. Gathering feedback from participants can be immensely valuable in shaping future experiences.
Now you’re equipped with everything you need to know to bring your teams together, why wait? At DRPG, we’re pros in team building, and have been bringing organisations closer together for years now. We’ve seen the results all those (sometimes silly) activities yield too. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on them.
Kickstart the year 2024 with impactful team events and experiences that will set the stage for your best year yet. The success of your organisation depends on it.
It couldn’t be easier to get started. Just reach out to our team at email@example.com and we’ll take it from there.