Did you take on the planning of this away day voluntarily or was it thrusted upon you because ‘it’ll be good for your development’?
How many times have we all heard that line eh? 😂
Either way, I want to help you absolutely smash the team away day you’re planning.
My name is Aaron. Hello 👋 It’s great to have you here! I have the absolute pleasure of delivering Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshops (pictures below) at several team away days per month. There is just something special about away days. Everyone is at their best. There’s a buzz.
Below you will find some answers to Team Away Day FAQ’s. But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll want to jump to the juicy stuff – choosing a team away day activity specific to your search query (so I won’t be offended if you jump ahead 😁)
Just click on the table and get cracking 👇
Team Away Day FAQ’s
What is the purpose of a team away day?
The purpose of a team away day is for your team to get ‘away’ from a normal work day so they can brainstorm, re-energise, de-stress and connect outside of the work environment. A great away day shouldn’t be focused on what is said or what is done; it should be focused how a team are left feeling. Over to the wisdom of Maya Angelou…
What should I include in our team away day?
Included in a great team away day are elements like an uplifting opening, light and positive sections about business performance, energising brainstorm sessions and a main attraction (a team building activity that lifts everyone’s spirits!).
✅ It’s good to talk about work on a company away day
✅ It’s great to include idea creation about work
✅ It’s brilliant to plan work and feel excited about it
❌ But it shouldn’t feel like ‘normal’ work
Normal work happens every day and they’re called ‘weekdays’. Away Days are special. Maximise the specialness! 🚀
⭐ Now it’s time for the juicy part ⭐
The part we’re here for! The away day activities ⚡💥
Let’s unleash the fun, let our hair flow down, create some feel-good and get everyone feeling great like this! 👇
Team Building Away Day Activities
Good team building away day activities are activities that energise your team and leaves them feeling better connected. Team building away day activities are incredibly important for creating that ‘away day’ feeling. Examples of good activities are sports days, escape rooms and a challenge for the team, like a drumming experience or learning some dance chorography!
Whatever activities you decide on, these questions are good to ask yourself:
📍 Will there be a legacy from this activity?
📍 Will everyone remember this activity in 3 months?
📍 How much fun, on a scale of 1-10, would my team like?
Corporate Away Day Companies
Good corporate away day companies are ones that are inspired to meet the needs of your away day. Their away day activities offer a variety of impacts. Funktion Events, Rhino Events, The Team Building Company & Laughtercise are examples of good corporate away day companies. Between these companies, you will find 100s of corporate away day ideas and activities.
If you’re looking for a scale of fun of 8,9 or 10/10, have a peek at…
Laughtercise are the most impactful team building provider in the UK and here are 8 reasons why.
Check out these wild and exhilarating Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshop games and imagine your team playing them at your company away day ⚡
Team Away Day Activities (that you can do in-house)
If you don’t have budget for external activities, you can do some of our Laughtercise activities that you can facilitate yourself 😁
The activities get your teams looking like this 👇
Specific & Targeted Team Away Day Ideas
You may have specific and targeted needs. Below are some ideas that might be helpful to your away day quest.
Take a look at the table for this section and get clicking 👇
If none fit your quest, skip to the outro and see you there! 🙂
NHS Team Away Day
At Laughtercise, we 💙 NHS Team Away Days and getting NHS staff ‘Laughtercised’!
What is an NHS Team Away Day?
An NHS Team Away Day is a chance for your team to get a well-deserved timeout from the stresses of everyday working life. Great NHS team away days are ones that give staff an opportunity to come together and bond outside of the work environment.
NHS Team Building
We’ve had the absolute pleasure of delivering Laughtercise NHS Team Away Day and Team Building sessions at 40+ trusts since 2020 👇
👉 52% of session attendees rank Laughtercise as ‘the best team building activity I’ve ever experienced’
👉 In a recent NHS study, 77% of Laughtercise session attendees reported feeling less stressed after their session
📢 “We really needed that, it was the best team building session the team have ever been to”
📢 “It’s the happiest I’ve ever seen the team, one was nearly in tears afterwards!”
👉 Here are eight reasons 👈 why Laughtercise are the most impactful team building provider in the UK for NHS staff.
NHS Team Building Ideas
Great NHS team building ideas are ones that energise, connect, de-stress and delight your team! If you have no budget for team building, check out our Fun Team Building Activities that you can facilitate in-house.
Check out a room full of nurses playing one of our activities 👇
Virtual Team Away Day Ideas
What to do on a virtual team event?
Good activities to do on a virtual team event are activities that energise your team and leaves them feeling better connected. Examples of good virtual team event activities are virtual escape rooms, interactive quizzes and team challenges! Large corporate away day companies offer a wide selection of virtual team events.
Check out hundreds of virtual activities from these corporate away day companies:
And of course, don’t forget about Laughtercise Online Team Building Workshops 👋😁
Corporate Away Day Ideas Specific to Counties & Cities
Have you booked an away day venue? Are you looking for away day ideas specific to a location in the UK?
Escape rooms, gin tours, go karting, crazy golf, canal cruises, 007 treasure hunts…we have resources that give activity ideas specific to counties, cities and towns:
Team Building Activities Bristol
Team Building Activities London
More Team Away Day FAQ’s
Should a corporate away day be onsite or offsite?
There is just something different about offsite corporate away days. The feeling changes. Offsite changes everything.
If you have budget, it’s best to have it offsite.
For maximum effect, it’s best to have an away day that is as un-normal as possible to help your team bond outside of normal work patterns.
An easy way to make things un-normal is to have your away day away from your normal place of work.
If you don’t have budget for an offsite venue, here are some tips to make things feel un-normal:
📍 Have a ‘wear your happy clothes’ dress code
📍 Start the day at a random time like 08:58. When people ask why, tell them it’s a surprise. It creates intrigue and, most importantly, for some psychological reason, more people are prompt! When people ask for the surprise, tell them the surprise was everyone being on time for a meeting for a change 😂
📍 As everyone arrives to office in the morning, have some fresh smoothies waiting for them
📍 As everyone enters the room where you’re having your away day, have some music on (and some tasty snacks ready!)
📍 Make it policy that, unless it’s an emergency, no one can step near their desk (I’ve even seen teams put ‘out of bounds’ tape over everyone’s desks!) 😀
What are the benefits of a corporate away day?
✅ Increased connection between team members
✅ Increased connection that staff have with strategy and the Leadership Team
✅ Creative thinking and new idea generation
✅ A chance for your team to de-stress
✅ An opportunity for your team to bond outside of the normal work patterns
✅ Increased energy levels
✅ Improved team morale
The list could go on and on (and on!).
Team Away Day Ideas (outro!)
Well, I sure hope that gave you some ideas for planning your team away day!
I hope you absolutely smash your day for your team!
From Aaron & Team Laughtercise 😁