The Importance of Team Building in the Workplace

October 24th, 2013 - Category - Tips & Best Practices

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Organisations are increasingly utilising team building activities to inspire and engender productivity from within their workforce.

Fun and challenging activities encourage leadership and require teamwork in order to succeed. Team members will discover previously unknown qualities about their colleagues, which translates into greater respect and co-operation in the workplace.

Ahead of monetary rewards, perks and benefits, job satisfaction is perhaps the most important factor in keeping a workforce happy and motivated. The sense of belonging and feeling valued encourages greater contribution and input from employees.

What Did Netstar Gain from Team Building?

The Netstar team recently went on a company weekend away. During this weekend team building activities and a strategy meeting took place. This has resulted in:

  • Development of relationships at work leading to happier and more productive employees.
  • Even better atmosphere in the office, strengthening relationships further.
  • An increased sense of ‘pulling in the same direction’ towards a common goal creating a more united team that is less likely to break apart.
  • A shared objective of removing obstacles to improved service and future growth.
  • Staff feeling valued by the company, leading to a greater likelihood that staff will work hard to drive revenue for the business.
  • Greater understanding of strengths and weaknesses within the team which will improve communication and help to reduce future risks and unnecessary costs.

“As a fairly new addition to the Netstar team, 1393564_10151784001353197_696001012_n I found the team building exercises and the company weekend in general extremely useful in building new relationships with my colleagues, which I’m sure will be beneficial back in the office. We also worked together to plan how we are going to bring Netstar to where we want to be in three years time, and how we are going to overcome obstacles along the way. This has expedited my feeling of belonging to the team and given me real optimism about the company for the future.”
Robert Dodds

 

As well as being good fun for everyone, a day-trip or company weekend away is a positive way to reward employees for a job well done, an opportunity to bring colleagues closer together and a chance to celebrate success and keep the team united.

Team building activities help colleagues realise that it is the aggregate of their efforts that determines the successful delivery of a project, not just the efforts of any one individual. This encourages isolated workers to seek the input of their colleagues more frequently in future.

Natural divides often appear in the workplace between departments that rarely have a need to communicate with each other. By placing disparate people on the same team and encouraging them to communicate and work together, team building activities help to break down these barriers and encourage colleagues to discover new qualities about each other. The net outcome being increased morale in the workplace and increased productivity from happy employees.

Hierarchical boundaries are broken down as everyone is equal. Management work with junior staff to accomplish a common goal which encourages informal addressing. Relaxed communication erodes the ‘fear factor’ often associated with management, increasing the likelihood that employees will raise valid concerns in the workplace and share ideas.

Team building exercises focus on improving skills which can be put into practice back in the workplace. The activities are often designed to improve communication and decision making skills. Working together to overcome physical challenges and solve complex tasks enhances delegation and increases trust in colleagues.

Team building exercises provoke a shared sense of achievement between colleagues – boosting morale and business productivity in the long term.

 

 

 

 

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