Keeping your teams connected is important, no matter where they are based. As we move into a future where many companies are embracing hybrid working, team building activities will become more important in order to keep your people connected no matter where they are. These activities can range from a short online team training to face-to-face team bonding days like a treasure hunt. And, while some people see team building as a “nice break” from their regular jobs, it serves a purpose. This is done to help your staff develop their skills and knowledge, as well as to help build rapport between your teams. If you can plan team building activities with a purpose and objectives in mind, your organization will reap a variety of benefits. Here are just a few advantages of team building activities:
Remote teams can be connected
Remote team building has the potential to foster stronger relationships, which will improve productivity, retention, engagement, and morale. Team building is a great excuse to bring together members of teams who may not always work closely together in their day-to-day responsibilities.
If you have a number of employees spread across multiple locations, or a team of remote workers, allowing them to build relationships within the team and outside of project deliverables can have a significant impact on how well they work together in the future. This also allows team members who may feel isolated to feel more connected to the larger team and improves their connection to the business and their peers.
In a variety of ways, team building can help increase employee motivation and foster a successful company culture. When a group of employees successfully completes a team building activity, it creates momentum and makes them feel good about themselves – it boosts employees’ confidence in their own and their team’s abilities, and it also demonstrates to employees that the organization is willing to invest in them.
One of the most common goals of team building activities is to increase productivity. Take advantage of the opportunity to identify ways to improve the ‘three ps’ that can have an impact on productivity:
Your employees can work more efficiently if you encourage them to learn to work together more effectively and reduce duplication of effort.
Greater employee collaboration is one of the most important advantages of a well-planned team building activity. Collaboration entails knowing who has what knowledge (or can answer a question), trusting them and their experience, and having access to that person when needed. Employees can build relationships and networks of contacts outside of their day-to-day role by designing activities that people enjoy and can participate in as a group.
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To run a successful business based on creativity and innovation, you must hire people with diverse perspectives and expertise to “cross-pollinate” the organization with new ideas. Out-of-the-box team building activities allow employees to use their imagination to come up with creative solutions, and they send the message that creativity in the workplace, as well as bouncing ideas off each other, is encouraged.
Reinforcement of the Positive
Team building can also be used to recognize employees by emphasizing the work that specific employees are doing and the behaviors that have led to the recipient receiving the recognition. By incorporating recognition into team building activities, you can send a strong message to every attendee about your company values and what that means for the organization’s success.
Perhaps the most important benefit of a well-planned team building activity is improved employee communication. By encouraging people to focus on what they have in common rather than their differences, enjoyable, fun activities allow employees to get to know each other, create a better understanding of each other, and break down walls of mistrust.
Team building exercises can be an effective way to foster collaboration and trust, boost motivation, cultivate strengths, and address weaknesses. However, in order to have a genuine impact, they must have a genuine purpose and be properly planned.
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