An effective and results driven team can be nurtured in many ways and the importance of team building efforts should not be overlooked. Team building can create bonds, bringing team members together and encouraging collaboration. Fun activities can help individuals see each other in a new light and enable them to connect in a different setting. But that's not all; team building can improve productivity and motivation as well.
There are many potential benefits from team-building activities, which can include some of the following:
Team Work: Learning to work together can create efficiency and knowledge on how to manage each other’s personalities and abilities.
Communication: Good communication is vital for a high performing team while also helping to break down potential barriers.
Leadership: All teams require leadership from one or all members in a team. Structured team building activities will identify leadership qualities in individuals and highlight areas where all staff can contribute as leaders.
Team Bonding: Team bonding provides the opportunity discover team members personality traits, develop confidence and generate an appreciation for team members abilities.
Increased Confidence: Confidence applies to every single task undertaken and, having improved confidence both as individuals and in their team, will produce significant gains in results.
Responsibility: Every member of a team has a role to contribute. Being accountable for a role will either ensure it is fulfilled or new lessons are learned.
Trust: Through a team-building exercise, participants will learn more about each other. They will learn strengths, weaknesses, and capabilities of each team member in a different environment.
Positive Morale: A positive and enthusiastic team will create good morale in the workplace. Team building can often identify barriers to positive morale and highlight strategies to create more fun and positivity in day-to-day work.
Respect: Participants can gain a greater respect for not only each other but also for the company and its direction.
Culture: Team building can help to reinforce the values and vision of a company and can contribute to the overall organizational culture. Sometimes team-building programs reinforce a culture and other times they may actually evolve a culture.
Team building activities do not have to be complex. It is a way to encourage teams to get together outside of the office and participate in fun activities! Whether it be taking employees out of the office after hours to the bowling lanes or a hike at the nature reserve during a lunch break, these activities can break down personal barriers, eliminate distractions and ultimately encourage everyone to have fun!
Stuck for ideas to get started? Here are some potential Team Building activities to help get you started!
Human Resources Coordinator & General Administration