Want to foster teamwork among colleagues or family members? Try a fun cooking class – here are eight ways to make it work.
1 ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION, NOT COMPETITION
If there’s a contest element, everyone becomes focused on winning and may fail to learn anything else. Instead, choose a less competitive activity, like cooking, that encourages everyone to work together.
2 MAKE IT FOR EVERYONE
Some people think of activities like paint-ball or rock climbing as a form of team building, yet not everyone can be physically fit to do these. A cooking class suits all age groups and people with different physical abilities.
3 GET OUT OF THE OFFICE
Do not perform your next team building in your office, as it will be perceived by the team as “regular work”. Choose a vibrant space that fosters creativity and communication, like a kitchen.
4 HIRE PROFESSIONALS
Hire an experienced team to develop your team building event and to inspire participants. It’s even better if the event organisers own their own premises and have a format that they’ve fine-tuned with experience.
5 MAKE IT CHA LLENGING
Working on a common task encourages teamwork. Split up your group into two teams and have mini challenges. For example, in a cooking class, have teams compete to see who can make the longest pasta.
6 LEAV E WORK AT THE DOOR
For one day, parents are friends to kids and bosses are BFFs to employees. Also, encourage everyone to enjoy and not worry about work – ask them to leave their mobiles and laptops at the door, or to use phones solely for posting pictures of the event on social media.
7 FEED THEM
Everyone likes to eat, and providing tasty food and good wine can go a long way to keeping everyone happy and engaged. You will have lots of food at a cooking class!
8 GA THER FEEDBACK AFTER THE EVENT
It is important to gather feedback in a systematic way after each session. Reach out to all participants to thank them for their time and ask them to provide constructive feedback about the event. This feedback can be really useful when it’s time to plan your next group outing. W
Bond Over A Fun Cooking Session
If you are looking to build team spirit among your colleagues or family members, try a hands-on culinary session at CulinaryOn – this modern, well-equipped cooking studio is the largest in Asia and offers experienced chefs and unique cooking classes and programmes. Here, you and your team can bond over fun cooking experiences while picking up culinary skills. Visit culinaryon.sg for more information.