“We’re going to do some team building!” and employees start re-running ‘The Office’ in their mind!
Team building has a bad rap. But effective team building can build trust, mitigate conflict, encourage communication, and increase collaboration. Effective team building also means more engaged & happy employees, which is good for company culture.
1. Networking, socializing and getting to know each other.
You spend most of your waking hours at work. Wouldn’t it be fun if you knew each other and became friends? Sometimes it’s difficult to make friends because your conflicting roles. This is where the company’s leaders need to ensure that while the employees get a good dose of healthy competition, they do not end up engaging in a contentious scenario.
Socializing and making friends in the workplace is great to increase empathy & solidarity. It not only increases morale, but it also allows for the office to work better at solving everyday workplace issues. Holding a team building activity can be short and sweet over lunch, or it can be a well-planned event that everyone has more time to plan for! Holding impromptu or spontaneous event to show your appreciation really helps.
2. Teamwork and boosting team performance.
Everyone like to do what they are proud of, but sometimes the lack of time or understanding makes it difficult. Team building activities indirectly improve projects that involve teamwork, because it helps the teams understand each other better. After working on team building activities together, employees better understand each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This in turn helps them work even better together on future progress vital to a company.
Sometimes team building day out have set the tone for a positive work culture for next few weeks and months. Each team is different and every individual has something unique to contribute.
3. Bragging rights and some healthy competition.
Healthy competition can increase productivity. By channelling that increased productivity into post team building activity day, teams can bond in a more effective way in office scenario and contentious environment. Learning to work well together can take some time, but you’d be surprised at how fast teams can come together when there is an incentive to win. Give them a short-term and long-term office goal and they will do wonders for themselves and the company.
4. Celebration, team spirit, fun, and motivation.
Team building day is incomplete without a celebration. After any team wins, the team needs to have fun celebratory office-ritual, which motivates them to want to win even more. For example, the sporting competition are almost always accompanied with cheering, singing, even national anthems. Find your own cheering ritual!
5. Collaboration and the fostering of innovation and creativity.
Some people imagine better when alone and other think better when together. But even the most creative ideas need to be implemented and need to be practical. This is too much for one person to imagine and better done in a team. People tend to have a larger tolerance for critical suggestions, when they are around people they are comfortable with. We all know that everyday workplace collaboration is key to a successful business. Hence, good team building events not only bring people closer together, but they also contribute to a more practical implementation of creative ideas in a workplace.
6. Communication and working better together.
Everybody wants a friendly work environment, where people are comfortable and happy to work with anyone. So, it is no surprise, that communication is the top reason why people choose team building.
Indeed, one of the best outcomes for team building is that they improve communication. While this is a general goal for every office, you may find certain areas of communication that could be focused on. Overall trust and empathy are usually the key to increasing communication.
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