In every company, every business, every hotel there is probably a team event at least once a year - and that is usually the Christmas party. Some other companies also offer a summer party and/or a workshop. Still other companies find an opportunity for team events every week - they meet for volleyball, poker evenings, sports events, cooking together, further education, etc. The possibilities are almost unlimited. 

A team event for the hotel team - is that even possible?

Team events are a particular challenge for hotels, since a hotel cannot simply close for an entire evening so that the staff can play billiards together. But aren't team events also extremely important for exchanging ideas, getting to know each other or further training outside of the professional environment - especially for companies with a shift system, such as hotels?

If we look back at the myhotelshop team days last week, our answer is clear and unequivocal: it's super important!

Furthermore, we asked for three more opinions: 

Christian, Hotel Director Premier Inn: "Of course we do team events! Why: because I think it's good to give something back to the team as an employer. My motivation is the motivation of the team. As a rule, colleagues don't always see each other because of the different shifts, so everyone can get together once in a while. Conversations arise that don't come up during working hours, some colleagues are also a bit more relaxed with a glass of wine.

Our hotel employees have also chosen the hotellerie industry because they are sociable and like to go out or spend time with other people. They also do that independently of team events organized by the hotel."

Katja, HR Officer, medium-sized company: "Team events are super important. They bring the team together on a completely different level, far away from the daily work routine. Colleagues get to know each other in a completely different way - more intensively, more closely, more privately - detached from hierarchies and salary classes. Team events are about everyone, about cohesion, shared experiences - everyone acts at eye level and that is a very important experience for a well-functioning team."

Dorian, CEO Online Wellness Platform for Business: "Hotels are all about the guest: the décor we see, the way we behave, the reason we get up every morning. However, we must not forget that behind a hotel there is also a large group of people and individuals. Offering team events for the employees of your hotel is a great way to put your employees in the spotlight for once and show them appreciation in an authentic way. Not only does this make your employees feel valued, but it also allows teams to interact away from the "hotel hustle". This brings them closer together, motivates them to really see each other and ultimately work together to provide better service to your guests."

Let's look again at the questions from above:

What actually makes for good team events?

Key points are: 

  • planning the schedule, space, catering, technology
  • giving free space
  • good food for all needs
  • set a clear agenda, but still leave room for spontaneous changes
  • mix fun and business
  • leadership and team leads should be present - among other things as motivation and role model for the whole team

Think carefully about who organises the team events. You have a human resources department or feel-good manager - great. Otherwise, ask who would like to take care of it. And preferably as a team, so that the organisation is spread over many shoulders. Here, planning should be fun and not an imposed burden. In addition, there are now many providers and agencies that also take care of this. 

Why are team events so important?

Team Events = Team Building. And a well-functioning team should never be underestimated. Take a look at the three quotes above in the article - you'll find all the important reasons listed there.

Is there a recipe for success for team events?

Unfortunately, there is no blanket recipe for success. Each person's ideas about topics, location, process, etc. are simply too subjective and you definitely won't please all your colleagues. For someone it is always too loud, too cold, too theoretical, too vegan, etc.

If you include the above-mentioned points that make up a good team event, you have at least given your best - and that usually leads to success (or at least always deserves appreciation!).

And: Are team events actually mandatory or voluntary?

That depends on the type of event: if it takes place during working hours and serves the purpose of further education, then attendance is expected. But maybe mix the mandatory program with a subsequent leisure program. 

If your team event takes place outside working hours, you cannot force anyone to come.

Conclusion

However you handle it, stay authentic, involve your employees in the planning and, above all, enjoy the event. There are now also many hybrid offerings for team events, meaning online and offline. This means you can include employees from all locations, as well as single parents, employees who live further away from the workplace or are traveling for work.

Speaking of which - Christmas is less than three months away.... Do you already have an idea for your Christmas party? ;-)

And while you enjoy your team event, our account management team will continue to take care of your hotel online marketing. You can reach the Account Management HERE on our website or contact our team via the contact form below.