How do you define a good team? The majority of answers to that question will include effective communication, high productivity, diverse personalities, creative ideas, workplace collaboration, and trusting relationships.
Team building refers to numerous activities that are used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams by doing collaborative tasks. Whereas team training is designed to improve efficiency rather than interpersonal relationships.
A team-building activity not only breaks up the workday and provides employees with a well-deserved break, but it also improves communication and fosters camaraderie, inspiring your employees to achieve their personal and corporate goals. It also:
Most people aren’t naturally selfish by nature. They want to contribute to something greater than themselves. They want to work for the common good. Having team-building activities reminds people that they’re part of a group, which re-energizes them to work hard so their team can succeed.
Team building activities can help your employees learn new skills. This encourages quieter members to break out of their shells, improving their communication skills, and giving those with leadership potential a chance to demonstrate their management skills.
If there’s one area in which team building activities can help improve, it is your staff’s ability to solve problems as a group. Your team can use these skills when they find themselves in a bind at the office.
To create a culture where team members feel comfortable sharing their views and ideas, they must feel comfortable revealing their authentic selves to coworkers.
No matter what kind of team-building activity you choose, it can give your employees a chance to bond. When employees share their strengths and weaknesses with their teammates, they find ways to capitalize on these to achieve success. The more coordinated you are, the closer you are to achieving harmony in the office.
Team building activities will give your employees something to look forward to other than project deadlines. The last thing anyone wants to see is a never-ending list of tasks on their calendar. Engage your employees in non-work-related activities during the week, not just on the weekends.
Also, these events give employees a goal that is not related to their work. A much-needed break is very good for an employee’s mental health and supports the idea of creating a more positive work environment for your employees.
Although team building exercises are intended to strengthen teams, they sometimes focus on individual team members, helping each member understand how invaluable their role is to the team.
In the same vein, team building events allow employees to feel appreciated for their efforts. Often, great work can be overlooked due to many other things going on. By prioritizing these events you show employees you value their efforts and appreciate their efforts by rewarding them with an activity the entire team can enjoy.
Any company, no matter how big or small can benefit from a successful team building activity. Are you ready for your team’s communication skills, abilities, collaboration efforts, and overall performance to improve?
The CODE Program helps businesses instill growth cultures into their workplaces to create better effectiveness in teams and help these teams reach their full potential through CODE’s customized approach to team coaching. Contact the CODE Program today to learn how you can coach your team to greatness.