The following checklist was
compiled with the assistance of Alexandria, Va.-based Catalyst
Know your group
How large is the group? What is
the average age of participants? What is the gender ratio?
Has the group participated in a
team-building activity before? If so, did participants enjoy it?
Why or why not?
What is the purpose of the
activity? For example, is it intended to build camaraderie,
strengthen a team or motivate attendees?
What is the group culture? Are
participants academics (teachers, researchers), professionals
(bankers, lawyers, doctors, executives) or creative types (writers,
Do attendees typically socialize
with each other outside of work, or do they rarely interact outside
of the office or organization?
What is the overall personality of
the group? Do attendees have a sense of humor, or do they tend to
be serious in demeanor?
Is the group laid-back or fiercely
Do participants prefer adventurous
outdoor pursuits, or are they more inclined to intellectual or
Will everyone be able to
participate in activities, or will some be excluded for health or
Will members participate actively
and willingly in a team-building activity, or will they have to be
cajoled into it?
If you choose to work with a third
party (destination management company, event firm, team-building
firm) to develop team-building activities, consider the
Provide the company with as much
information about the group as possible. Highlight the group’s
particular strengths, weaknesses, reasons for team building and
Discuss the group’s goals,
philosophies and objectives.
Is the sponsoring company
interested in integrating personal goals into the overall
Is the supplier willing to
customize a program to fit the group’s particular needs?
What is the largest group for
which the supplier has created activities?
Does the supplier provide
follow-up workshops to help attendees transfer team-building skills
they learn to their jobs?
Can the company create programs to
include physically challenged attendees in the activity?
Meet with the facilitator assigned
to the group. Is he or she engaging and energetic?
Ask about safety
Inquire about liability
For outdoor activities, what
contingency plans are in place in the event of bad weather?
For how long has the supplier been
Ask for and check
Ask for a price breakdown of
Are the activities interesting,
challenging and fun?
Would they appeal to the group as
a whole? Are any special skills required?
How much time is required for each
activity? Consider the group’s agenda and how much time should be
allotted to team-building events.
Are the goals of each activity
realistic and clearly outlined?
If possible, observe another group
performing the activity you are considering.