The notion of “team building” has become a buzzword in recent years. Organisations are moving away from competitive work environments, to workplaces where collaboration and co-operation between staff are seen as the key to success.
In terms of development, team building exercises are important not only for the immediate experience but also for the group skills, communication and bonding that result. The activity, be it laser tag or a go-karting race, is merely the means to an end: a high-impact learning experience.
Ahead of the fun itself, these activities encourage leadership and teamwork abilities. People are challenged and motivated to perform at their best individually, as well as part of a team. They discover different qualities about their colleagues, which will later translate into trust, cooperation and effective communication in the workplace.
Netstar’s team building weekend 2019 – what we learned:
The Netstar team recently went on a company team building weekend away. Fun activities took place, which helped people see each other in a different light and allowed them to connect in different settings. This has resulted in:
- Improved communication and working better as a team. Everybody wants a friendly work environment, where people are comfortable and happy to talk to and work with anyone.
- Collaboration and fostering creativity. People are more creative when they are around others they feel comfortable with. Our activities not only brought the team closer together, but everyone contributed to a more successful and creative workplace.
- Increased motivation to work together towards a shared result. The team developed a strong sense of pulling in the same direction. Being united by an exciting common goal, the activities engaged everyone even further.
- Channelling increased productivity into a fun, inclusive team building activity, where teams bonded in a competitive, yet effective way.
- Staff feeling recognised for their hard work and unique contributions to the team. Appreciated employees translate into increased job satisfaction. And that satisfaction is tied to increased loyalty and lower turnover — that, of course, leads to higher overall productivity.
Overall, a team building event helps increase employee motivation and nurture a successful company culture in a number of ways. It creates momentum and makes the team feel good about themselves. It also brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork.
The success of most organisations depends on the ability to build effective teams. By bringing together different people, with diverse perspectives and expertise, team building activities help break down any barriers that might have naturally appeared in the workplace between different departments.
The outcome is in enjoyable, fun activities which enable employees to get to know each other, create a better understanding of each other and break down hierarchical boundaries. This encourages people to focus on what they have in common rather than their differences.
To summarise, team building is a powerful way to develop collaboration and trust, improve motivation, nurture strengths, and address weaknesses.
Through team building events that are fun and motivational, teams build skills like communication, planning and problem-solving. These will help facilitate long term team productivity and foster genuine connections.