We're constantly reviewing feedback from the events we host, looking for details of what went well so we can build from it. And from poring through that data, we've found some consistent trends of what employees want. Here's what we found.
1. Employees are looking for connection.
More than anything, employees want the opportunity to build deeper connections with their coworkers. Company events help teams connect not just about work, but as people, building trust and stronger relationships that help make work more enjoyable as a team.
2. Employees want events to be FUN.
If it sounds simple, that's because it is. While some aspects of work can be draining or challenging, team-building events should be uplifting and fun. They help employees see the bigger picture and enjoy the small moments together.
3. Your team wants something that is NOT awkward.
Events that are poorly planned or facilitated may do more harm than good. Why? Because they make things a little awkward, and then everyone feels uncomfortable. Think back to those virtual happy hours... is it my turn to speak? am I talking too much? why is no one talking???
A well-organized event is one that thinks about how people should be connecting and interacting, and makes those moments meaningful and thoughtful. Like a good host, you need to take care of your guests.
4. They want something novel or exciting!
If employees are taking time out of their work day for an event, it better be worth their while. So, they don't want something they could plan on their own. They want something new, different, and novel. They want to break up their day or week with something truly exciting!
5. Employees love a little healthy competition.
You know what goes great with a team? Some competition! It doesn't have to be intense, but games help give a shared purpose and create a sense of unity for the people playing together. Also, competition offers an organizational structure around an event, so it's not hard to understand the goals or what each team is trying to do. That clarity allows for moments of connection to happen organically AND without being awkward.
6. Keep it simple!
Planning something great doesn't have to be complicated. Keeping it easy, laid back, and easygoing ensures that your team won't feel too anxious about how everything is going to go down. Besides, it also makes it easier on you to plan... double bonus!
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