Why a summer BBQ is always a team building winner
Is it any surprise really that a summer BBQ is top of the list when it comes to relaxed interaction, friendship and team building? Here’s why a summer BBQ is always a team building winner.
Numbers attending a BBQ are irrelevant as the atmosphere is always fun whether it’s a large crowd or a small group. It’s an ideal way of getting a group of people together to do some bonding and in particular, team building.
At first glance one might question how a casual fun occasion could promote team building?
Organising a BBQ really should not be the responsibility of just one person. There are so many different strands associated with such an event. It’s a perfect opportunity to do some serious team building. Different personalities and skill sets come to the fore from people least expected. Team building is not just falling into a set routine and playing follow the leader. It is about bringing out the wide range of different skills and attributes that individuals possess and blending them together so there is perfect harmony in the exercise.
Team building is at its best when everyone involved is enjoying the occasion. That’s why a summer BBQ is always a team building winner. It’s not about the individual, it’s about the team. It’s about fun and enjoyment and all about working together to get the best outcome.
If we examine all the different strands associated with a BBQ we will see the many different facets that sort of speak, go into the melting pot.
Firstly, someone must organize a venue. As in proper team building a consensus is required. That particular task can be taken on board by someone who is a natural in art of loving outdoor spaces. Building a team around such knowledge is of great benefit to those on the team. The next is the sourcing of equipment, tables, chairs, BBQ, coals, firelighters, and down to the little things like a box of matches. Someone with a procurement background could do this with one hand tied behind their back. But, to make it a team building event, people without these skills should be attached to the group.
If it’s to be a real team building exercise, then careful consideration should be given to these details. With a venue sorted, equipment needed for the occasion organized, the group is on its way to making a BBQ a perfect team building exercise. Look, there is always someone that loves to cook. He or she may be reluctant to take a leading role in the BBQ team building extravaganza, but a little bit of coaxing and the building of a team of gourmet learners that love the sound of a sausage sizzling over hot coals is not impossible.
The team building BBQ Gig is now under way. The Culinary team is identified and ready to rock. Part of this team has got to be a section that organizes the breads, salads, sauces and all the little bits and bobs that go to making the outdoor dining tables a work of team building art. There is of course the little question of sorting out a bar. Chilled beers, wines, minerals and copious amounts of Ice. Let’s not forget the fruit and the cheese. Music, table and seating arrangements become part of this group’s task.
What makes a BBQ team building exercise so enjoyable is the interaction between all the different small groups as each is dependent on the other in terms of timing, quality and delivery of the end result.
A BBQ team building exercise is chatty, fun and always enjoyable.