When team building goes wrong: 3 mistakes to avoid

Women playing ten pin bowling

Cheesy as they are, team building activities are a great way to break the ice and get the people in your organisation on the same page.

What could be more relaxing and conducive to team spirit than a fun bowling work party? Knocking down row after row of pins together is a great way to break down any awkward barriers between team members.

To ensure any team building activity goes smoothly, there are some golden rules you must stick to - so avoid doing any of these when you're at AMF with your work crew!

1. Discuss work matters

The whole point of team building may be to get your group to bond and ultimately focus on shared business objectives, but try not to make the event itself too work-centric.

No one in their right mind wants to listen to some accountant prattle on about budgets and ROI while they're lining up that perfect shot.

That's why it's a good idea to get your team out of the office and in an environment like AMF so they can completely switch off from work.

2. Not get everyone involved

It's absolutely crucial that every individual in a team building exercise feels a sense of belonging and purpose.

That clueless marketing intern might not be the world's greatest bowler, but you should do everything to encourage them to have fun. If necessary, you could even set up those gutter blocks to give them a hand - provided it doesn't hurt their self-esteem too much!

The last thing you want to do when team building is to make any single person feel left out.

3. Forget about rewards

Whatever the ultimate objective of your team building is, you should foster a healthy sense of competition and offer some prizes and rewards. Why not commission a special trophy for the winning team, and make the bowling tournament an annual tradition?

If you want your work team buzzing and ready to work together, bring everyone down to AMF for a bowling corporate party!