Team Building Activities: Team Evaluation

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Team Building Activities – Team Evaluation helps every member in the team evaluate himself and how he has been faring in the team; as well as evaluate the team he’s in.

Do note that this team activity is NOT for everyone. It is only meant for teams whose members are willing to be open to criticism and self-evaluation.

Purpose: 

  • To help participants understand themselves in a team.
  • To evaluation and consider methods of improvement for the team.

Team Size:

A close knit team of about 5-7 members is optimal. This exercise requires a lot of in depth sharing and feedback, so usually a small number is preferred.

Materials Required:

A Team Member Self-Evaluation Sheet
Pen or Pencil

Time Required:

1.5 hours or more. The evaluation sheet itself will take only 5 – 10 minutes, but the facilitation session after is the one that will be the most productive and take up the most time as well.

Instructions:

1. Explain the purpose of the activity of helping every team member understand themselves and evaluate the team as well. This can be done as a part of an annual review or in response to an extraordinary circumstance.

2. Distribute the Team Member Self-Evaluation Sheet to every participant.

3. Allow them to have about 5-10 minutes to fill up the forms.

4. Give every participant a chance to present what they have written in their sheets. Have them run through it question by question, and why they agree or disagree with particular questions in the Evaluation Sheet. Remind them to be as open and upfront as possible. Allow them to skip questions as it may become draggy if they go through every single question. Also, request for them to take a positive, forward-looking approach to their feedback. Or else, it may end up becoming a complaint session.

5. Do note that you need an environment of openness to effectively do this; you need the participants to be ready to share from the heart. You cannot do this if:

  • The participants just met one another.
  • The leadership style in the team is autocratic.
  • There is mistrust among the team members. (to be differentiated from tension. Some tension is usually catalyze for improvement)

These 3 scenarios will prevent the participants from talking freely and make the discussion fruitful.

6. Repeat the process for every team member, taking down notes and giving breaks where necessary.

Debriefing Notes:

  1. What have you learnt about yourself and your team members through this exercise?
  2. What do you think you can do to become a better team player? Write it down and share with the rest of the team.
  3. What do you think the team can do to go to the next level?

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