The Importance of Team Building in the Workplace
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.
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.