The return to sociality after the experience of the lockdown that, several times, has conditioned our lives over the last year and a half, brings with it the need to get used to what were essential moments of pre-Covid everyday life, even in the world of work. Smart working has kept us away from the desk routine for several days a week, inevitably affecting the possibility of discussion and sociality with colleagues. This is why, now more than ever, it is a great time for companies to strengthen the team spirit and aggregation dynamics within their staff. Let's discover together what it is and which are the most suitable places to host team building events in Tuscany.
How a team building event is structured?
It literally means "team building" and encompasses the set of activities that can help a team hone the ability to work together. Participants in a team building event are generally involved in training, experiential or purely playful moments. The aim is to work on interpersonal communication by triggering positive relational processes: in this way it is easier to achieve company targets by strengthening the sense of belonging in the group. Normally, companies organize these events to coincide with particular moments of the year, such as September, for post-holiday recovery, or close to the Christmas or Easter holidays, or as an integral part of an award trip, or perhaps at the end of an important meeting.
How long does a team building session last?
There are various team building formulas and they vary according to the goal to be achieved and the type of event in which they fit. It is possible to schedule very short appointments at the opening of a conference, with a duration of a few hours, usually as a training moment in the context of a corporate event aimed at strengthening team spirit. More engaging for the participants and more appreciated are the events that require a trip of a couple of days in contexts other than those normally frequented for work: away from the office, often associated with stress and misunderstandings, it is easier to break the ice for intervene on critical relational dynamics or to strengthen long-standing collaborations. That's why the location has a very decisive role: choosing the right place for team building is the key to creating a relaxed atmosphere and putting everyone at ease.
The location role
The choice of location is based on the objective of the event and its peculiarities: it will be essential to identify a venue capable of contributing to the success of the initiatives.
For a location to create the best conditions for this type of meeting, it is important that it enjoys a pleasant location, better if surrounded by nature and close to points of tourist interest: in this way it is possible to offer participants and any accompanying persons a rich range of experiences.
It is very important to focus on comfortable environments, recognizable by style and hospitality: a set of details that can offer a pleasant stay and an effective experience in terms of group cohesion. With a view to a successful team building event, it will be important to make sure that the location identified has adequate space for the number of participants and the type of activities, outdoor spaces and a room that can accommodate guests at the time of meals.
Talking about the food front, then, a very important game is played, which decisively affects the perception of the entire event: whether it is a coffee break, a light lunch or a gala dinner, a fine menu rich and designed to meet everyone's tastes and dietary needs, will create a pleasant memory for the work group.
Among the aspects to be considered when choosing the location, there is technology: a well-functioning audio system and wi-fi network will support many of the planned activities. The combination of all these aspects makes the location identified for team building a strategic element that can affect the achievement of the objectives behind the event, which is why the choice of venue should not be left to chance.
Team building in Tuscany: between Montepulciano and Val Di Cornia
In this regard, organizing a moment of team building in Tuscany will be an excellent decision, since this region offers facilities that combine the naturalistic element with all the services that can make a difference.
Let's find out together the most suggestive activities between vineyard and cellar.
Villa Grazianella - Fattoria del Cerro
To tune a working group on the same wavelength, it is sometimes important to involve workers in playful and recreational activities in contact with nature, perhaps using a particular thread. An aggregating element par excellence, wine, together with the production activities connected to it, can offer the right starting point for building ad hoc team building activities. In this case, the wine estate is the best choice and Montepulciano, land of Vino Nobile, is one of the most fascinating territories dedicate at least a couple of days to strengthening team spirit.
Fattoria del Cerro, located in Acquaviva di Montepulciano, offers the visitor the right formula for two days to spend in the park, the cellar and the sophisticated environments of the Relais Villa Grazianella. Immersed in the green Tuscan countryside, the estate is completely surrounded by vineyards, an ideal location, for example, for team building sessions based on team activities such as a mountain bike race between the rows or for a green treasure hunt. The cellar, the beating heart of the estate, is one of the most evocative locations for themed activities on wine, finally, the nearby riding school in Chiusi offers the opportunity to plan moments on horseback thanks to a convention.
A meeting room with 100 seats
The structure is also perfect for events that involve the participation of accompanying people: for them it is possible to organize a tourist trip to Montepulciano or a day at the Terme di Chianciano, another affiliated structure. Relais Villa Grazianella is also the nerve center of moments dedicated to meetings: the 100-seat conference room offers all the necessary technical support through amplification systems with fixed microphones and radio, screen and flipchart.
Furthermore, Villa Grazianella offers its participants all the comfort of its eleven rooms overlooking the vineyards of the Estate and a restaurant where you can taste the authentic flavors of Tuscan cuisine.
Tenuta di Monterufoli
Another magical place for a couple of days dedicated to team building is Val Di Cornia, the homeland of Vermentino: here, in the heart of a natural park that alternates wooded areas with stretches of Mediterranean scrub, stands Tenuta Di Monterufoli. Surrounded by the natural park from which it takes its name, the estate extends over a thousand hectares of hills, mineral deposits and thermal springs. Vineyards are the ideal place to plan outdoor group activities, while the cellar lends itself to immersive experiences, guided by the winemaker. The estate also offers interesting opportunities to involve any accompanying people in trekking trails and walks in the vineyard. Finally, for teamwork involving a meeting, the Monterufoli estate has a 50-seat meeting room equipped with a 90-inch LCD screen, projector, sound system with fixed microphones or radio and flipchart. In Monterufoli it is possible to stay in one of the three buildings dedicated to hospitality: the “Minieraa", the “Scuderie" and the “Casa delle Guardie". Surrounded by the refined atmosphere of the rooms, you can combine group activities with the pleasure of a relaxing stay overlooking the valley. The estate also has a restaurant where it is possible to discover the typical dishes of the area.
Tuscany is really a special land, whether it is a pleasure trip or a business trip, it is possible to let yourself be conquered by its unique landscapes, don't you think?