In the corporate world, forward thinking and proactive team leaders have appreciated the fact that team building is a vital tool for creating a functional workplace. Team building activities , whether they are five minute or week long retreats are a sure way to provide high impact learning, raise team morale, skills, communication and ultimately improve productivity.
Employees benefit by learning essential collaborative skills that enhance trust in each other. They learn ways to improve communication skills and interpersonal relationships with each other. Communication is key in every organization. It is the only way teamwork can be achieved.
Talking of teamwork, I am reminded of Meerkats – a vital, clever, and amazing weasel-like animals belonging to the mongoose family. They aren’t venomous, big or fast. Guess what, they are at the bottom of the food chain, the very bottom. Despite having these many disadvantages, they continue to thrive for one reason – teamwork. They work together as a family team better than almost any other species.
And this is the essence of team buildings activities for every organization. Let’s dig deeper and explore the major benefits of team building.
The ultimate goal of teambuilding is to improve productivity. Learning to work together more effectively will enable every employee to work more efficiently. Work can be divided amongst team members according to their abilities and thus reducing overlapping and repetitive work. With this kind of schedule, less time is spent correcting errors and redoing the work. By having regular team buildings, employees open up on ways to improve processes that inhibit their day to day activities.
How do employees get motivated through team building activities? Easy. When they succeed in these activities, they become confident and thus increase their motivation. Secondly, the commitment to team buildings clearly demonstrates that the organization is willing to invest in their success. And lastly, gaining trust in their colleagues and being confident that their work is appreciated and recognized makes employees more motivated to give their best.
Foster Problem Solving
Most team building activities involve the introduction of a challenge that will be solved by the collaborative effort of the team members. This way, individual team members are able to contribute their strengths and also learn from each other. This simulation of problem solving skills can be transferred to solving real problems in the workplace.
Team members gain the skills of identifying barriers and coming up with ways of overcoming them. This teaches employees a structured way of solving problems and lets them appreciate the role and the useful resource that each team member is in the workplace.
Being out of their ordinary environment and getting out of the ordinary tasks to accomplish new and challenging tasks encourages the team to exercise creativity and utilize their imagination to accomplish tasks. This is a clear message to employees that their creativity is appreciated and welcome at the workplace. Once the activities are complete, they realize that they are allowed to stretch their elasticity beyond the normal.
Having taken various companies through team buildings, they can attest that the workplace is a warmer and more conducive environment for every team member to optimize their potential. There are reduced conflicts, less power struggles, more employee collaboration, better communication, a greater sense of a common goal, employees feel important and valued, leaders spend less time correcting negative behavior and ultimately a buoyant work environment.
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