Having worked in a few companies over the years, I’ve been through a fair few team events. They range anything from lunch down at the pub or the severely overdone afternoon of lawn bowls.
One thing I will admit is that I can imagine how difficult it is to organise team events especially for big project teams. It’s hard enough trying to organise lunch when you have a vegetarian in the group, let alone trying to find something which would appeal to 20 to 30 members of a project team.
It’s great to have a team off site now and then. When we are on projects, we often lose sight of the importance of taking time out and getting to know a bit more about our team members. We are so fixated on getting our deliverables completed on time or fending off office politics, that we sometimes don’t even know what the guy sitting five levels down does apart from write good requirements documents.
Clearly, our event organiser caught onto the Masterchef bug and organised a Masterchef like cook-off where our entire project team split into groups of three to see who’s cuisine reigned supreme. Organising the event were The BBQ School, who specialise in how to get the most out of your bbq when cooking. With a team which has worked at the likes of Hugos and Pier, surely they should know a thing or two about a bbq ?
For each dish, the chef would demonstrate what to do. Whether it be how to cut swordfish or how to cook steak to perfection, it was upto us to finish the task. It was easier for some than others, I remember seeing a few very average attempts at peeling prawns. Either way it’s a great way to learn a few cooking tips in a relaxed environment.
At one stage things got a bit heated up and people starting sabotaging other teams, it was hilarious because we had to end up eating each others food anyway! It’s amazing what a few drinks can do to open up the competitive streak in everyone, all in good jest of course.
For the office social co-ordinator who has stumbled upon this post while researching corporate team outing events, do your team a favour and try something different. Ditch the lawn bowls and give a cooking workshop a go. It’s something that would appeal to most people and they might even learn a thing or two, even if it means knowing that someone in the office only has a two drink limit before they start breaking out into flash dance (not the team I’m in of course)
Classes are held around Australia.
More info can be found at : http://www.bbqschool.com.au/contact.html