Holidays are the busiest times of the year and everyone seems to have their plate full. However, this does not mean that you should forget about putting holidays and team building in the same sentence. Actually, holidays represent a great opportunity to boost morale in the office, strengthen team bonding and offer recognition to those who are deserving. Here are some rules for holiday team building that will help you make the most of your corporate holiday party.Small events organized for teamsA large scale event to celebrate the holidays is common in many companies, but there are things that cannot be said or done when there is a crowd. Keep it small and organize events for teams separately. Not only will the team members feel that you have taken the time to give attention to each team in the company, but they will feel valued as individuals as well.

Let those involved know about the date one month in advanceEveryone’s schedule is quite busy around the holidays, so you need to be extra careful that everyone has time to include a holiday team building party with their other activities. A month is advance is a good rule of thumb for a “save the date” announcement.Choosing the locationBesides perfect timing, you definitely need the right venue for such an important event. Pick a spot that is a convenient location and will appeal to your audience. Decide on the tone you want for your holiday party and that will help guide you in your venue selection. Also depending on the type of event – if you are thinking charity activities, for instance – you need a venue where there will be enough space for each team to do something like build a bike.Planning aheadTeam building is something that needs to be done continuously – it’s a process, not an event. However, promoting motivation and boosting morale inside a company can grow rather stale if they are based on the same old tired holiday activities. What you need is a bit of planning ahead, with a twist. Change something from one year to another, from one holiday to another. It takes extra time, but holiday team building should be about breaking the routine, and doing something differently.Remember cultural diversityOne major rule about team building activities set around holidays is to always celebrate cultural diversity. Since not everyone celebrates the same holiday, plan an inclusive event, where team members who are culturally diverse can have fun without feeling like intruders at someone else’s party.

Charity events are a great choiceWhile there are many different holiday team building ideas to choose from, remember that charity events are greatly appreciated, especially during this time of the year. Giving back to your local community can make a difference in the lives of others – and your team, too! Working with a corporate team building company can ensure there is the right mix of learning and fun.Holiday team building is a great occasion to stir things up a little in the office. For teams, these activities represent a very good opportunity to bond, and these bonds will grow stronger under the powerful magic of holidays.

Rob Jackson is President of Magnovo Training Group, a soft-skills training company focusing on corporate team building, presentation training and leadership development. Rob has been a speaker and trainer for over 20 years specializing in effective leadership, executive presence, personality discovery, relational sales training, presentation skills, and charity team building.Rob is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and has served as President and Chairman on several Executive Leadership boards. In addition to being a Certified DiSC Trainer, Rob has logged hundreds of instructional classroom hours. He is the author of Campfire Leadership, which explores effective leadership from a personality perspective. In all of his efforts Rob’s goal is to inspire significant positive change in communities and companies. For more information please visit web: magnovo .com.