An organization conducts team building activities for different reasons. There are those that hire facilitators to improve their team performance and productivity while there are those that wants to strengthen their communication system within the organization.
The good thing about hiring experts is they know exactly the type of activities to conduct to achieve the goals of the activity. No matter what the goal is, team building activities generally provides positive results to groups or organizations. Although you can facilitate a team building activity on your own, there are more advantages if you will hire facilitators for it. When hiring a team of facilitators, try to look for the following qualities.
Years of experience
Find out how long has the company been operating. With all the professional facilitators around, choose one that has been in the business for more than 10 years. The longer the company has been in the business, the higher is their expertise would be. Find out how many team building activities have they handled.
Read customer feedback and testimonials before hiring a team of facilitators for your event. You can find such information at the service provider’s website or you can also check from forums or discussion boardson the internet. Another option is to call the previous customers of the facilitators to obtain feedback.
A reliable team of facilitators would discuss with you the specific requirements of the activity. They will not provide generic activities because every organization has varied needs thereby requires varied team building handling and approach. Instead, they will design an activity that will respond to your needs. Request for activity proposals and cost estimates from different team of facilitators to easily compare rates and services.
Even if you want to conduct high quality and productive team building, you still donot have to spend so much for it or spend beyond your budget. At the same time, do not go for the cheapest service since quality might be compromised. The professional rates must be reasonable and within your means. Aside from looking at the service rate, consider thetools and methods used and the expertise of the facilitators.