Is the event barrier free? Nothing hampers team success like excluding someone because of body size or terror issues.
Does the event engage at least 4 senses? Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are powerful drivers of engagement. The more of them an activity stimulates, the more effective the team building will be for your team.
Is there a tangible result? Corporate team building activities should have a physical take away to be truly effective. That tangible result allows the team to connect with the experience years after the event.
Is it fun? While some team building events look fun from the get go, and others look tiresome all you have to do is dig into photos from the events. Is there evidence of concentration? Are they collaborating? Are they smiling? If the event is not fun the participants are not going to stay engaged.
Will it be viewed as a shared experience? Events have to be powerful enough to stimulate our little frog brains and ignite our need to solve the problem with the help of others. Once that frog brain is ignited and true problem solving collaboration happens the participants will view the event as a shared experience talking about it and telling stories about it for years to come. Think about big storms. You want that type of community interaction, a problem, a coming together, a solution, a story to tell.
Finding a team building event that gets a click by everything on the check list is rare, but knowing exactly what your team needs, and finding a company that will say “we can do that” will be easier if you keep these things in mind.