8 components of a good team building day

Our latest blog post outlines 8 key components of a good team building day that will ensure they remember the experience long after they’ve attended.

But why are these components important you may ask?

Well, in today’s fast-paced corporate world, building a strong, cohesive team is essential for success. A well-planned team building day can be a powerful tool for achieving this.

But what exactly makes a good team building day?

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    Let’s dive into the 8 components of a good team building day that transform an ordinary outing into an extraordinary experience for you and your team.

    The right venue

    The first of our components of a good team building day is selecting the right venue. The location should offer a variety of activities that cater to different preferences and abilities.

    If your team enjoys the outdoors, consider venues with lush green spaces, hiking trails, or lakeside areas.

    For a more urban team, city-based activities or indoor venues might be the perfect choice.

    For those based in Sussex, you can join us at the How To Basically base where your team will learn a variety of everyday skills that can help them in their lives, such as painting, gardening, car maintenance and much more.

    Just ensure that the venue or activity doesn’t exclude anyone – for example, Go Karting may not be the right venue for staff who are risk averse.

    To see a list of our top corporate team building ideas, go to our blog post.

    Engaging activities

    The heart of any successful team building day lies in the activities on offer. These activities should be engaging, challenging, and, most importantly, enjoyable.

    You want your team to be excited to participate. From problem-solving exercises to adventure sports, the activities should encourage teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

    They should also be adaptable to cater to varying skill levels and interests within your team.

    Our bespoke corporate team building activity, based in Mid Sussex, caters to teams of all shapes and sizes, and engages them by teaching skill sets that will prove helpful for many years to come.

    Expert facilitators

    Bringing in expert facilitators can make a significant difference in the success of your team building day. These professionals are trained to guide your team through activities, ensuring everyone is involved, motivated, and learning.

    Their expertise can help uncover hidden talents and encourage a sense of achievement among your team members. At How To Basically, our experts teach a range of skills on our Corporate Team Building days, from gardening to painting and plumbing, leaving your team with a sense of accomplishment at the end of the team building day.

    Clear objectives

    A well-structured team building day should have clear objectives. Whether it’s improving communication, building trust, or enhancing problem-solving skills, having defined goals is essential. These objectives will guide the activities and provide your team with a sense of purpose.

    It’s important to communicate these objectives to the venue and facilitator in advance. If they are aware of what you hope to achieve, they can build a bespoke experience for your team to ensure all members have a sense of achievement.

    Their expertise can help uncover hidden talents and encourage a sense of achievement among your team members. At How To Basically, our experts teach a range of skills on our Corporate Team Building days, from gardening to painting and plumbing, leaving your team with a sense of accomplishment at the end of the team building day.

    Reflective sessions

    Team building isn’t just about having fun; it’s also about learning and growing. After each activity, schedule reflective sessions where team members can discuss what they’ve learned, the challenges they faced, and how they can apply these lessons to their work.

    This is a vital step in ensuring that the benefits of the team building day carry over into the workplace.

    At How To Basically, we can build this step into our bespoke Corporate Team Building days, but it’s also important to take this reflective step back to the office.

    Key questions you can ask your staff can include, but are not limited to:

    • What did you learn on the team building day?
    • How can you take these lessons into your work life and home life?
    • Do you think the team building day helped to foster better relationships with your team? If so, how and why?
    • What do you think you can improve on moving forward, following the team building day?

    Delicious food

    No team building day is complete without good food. Some venues will offer a variety of delicious options to cater to different dietary preferences. But for those venues that do not offer food, you can ask the venue whether it’s suitable for you to order takeaway food, such as pizza, to the venue whilst the day is taking place.

    Alternatively, once the activity is finished, take the team to a local restaurant or pub for a hearty meal, where team members can further relax, socialise, build relationships and reflect on their experience.

    Team building toolkit

    One of the components of a good team building day that is often forgotten is the team building toolkit, with many organisations not providing their employees with this in advance of their away day. But what could this involve you may be asking?

    Well, this could include:

    • a map of the venue,
    • a schedule of activities,
    • a list of their personal goals for the day,
    • and any materials needed for the tasks.

    Having all the necessary resources at hand keeps the day organised and stress-free.

    If you are unsure what this may entail, speak directly to the organisation you are working with to come up with a toolkit necessary to make the most of the day.

    In some situations the team may only need to turn up and have a good time. But the more structure you can give a day, the more staff are likely to take from it.

    Photography and keepsakes

    Capture the moments of your team building day with a professional photographer. High-quality photographs are a great way to preserve memories and create a sense of unity among team members.

    Just remember to use these internally at your company after the event to promote the sense of unity, and to encourage further conversation and feedback around the event. The sense of involvement in such activities often encourages motivation and a sense of belonging for team members.


    In summary, a good team building day involves choosing the right venue, engaging activities, expert facilitators, clear objectives, reflective sessions, delicious food, a team-building toolkit, and the opportunity to capture memories.

    When executed thoughtfully, a team building day can transform your group into a cohesive, motivated, and high-performing team. It’s an investment that pays off through improved communication, trust, and cooperation in the workplace.

    So, why wait? Plan your next team building day today and watch your team grow stronger and more connected.

    And if you’ve not yet thought of the perfect idea, join How To Basically in Sussex for our Corporate Team Building activities to build a sense of team unity, whilst also allowing your team to develop a variety of skills they can use in their every day lives.

    Alternatively contact our team directly using the form below. Our team will be in contact as soon as possible:

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