The term “team building” has become a buzzword in the recent years, and has many connotations. Most MNC’s today press on team building activities for their employees.
Team-building programsprovide realistic experiences that empower individuals to contribute to common goals. The successes of most organisations depend on the ability of individuals to build effective teams. It is indeed a great way to foster stronger relationships within companies. Stronger relationships lead to happier and more focused employees.
Our explication on the benefits of Team Building goes this way…since we believe we are a great team!
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• Leadership, communication and teamwork skills are all learned actively during team building events. Active Learning has been proven to lead to higher retention rates, up to 90%. Team building embraces this concept with fully interactive and engaging activities.
• Divergent thinking is essential for creativity. It simply means ‘out of the box’ thinking rather than in a conventional pattern! Divergent thinking and cooperation are skills that are honed at Team Building events and can help to develop a more dynamic and capable workforce.
• Crisis management is crucial to tackle issues right from the grass root level. A team that is able to determine when a problem arises and know what they can do about it, can then effectively take charge when a real crisis occurs. Team building activities that require co workers to work together to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically.
• A recent study on work force happiness found that a big concern for workers was the co-operation between teams in the work place. Team Building confronts this issue and encourages employees to co-operate to achieve their goals. Team Building also improves additional areas of concern for workers such as their relationship with work colleagues, mutual understanding and their confidence in the management.
It’s understood, Team Building Is Gainful..…What Next?
So you have decided that team building would be a worthwhile venture, and are wondering what to do with your team …Since you are filled with all that enthusiasm and excitement, here are a few Team Building ideas to get you started.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility, or CSR allows companies and employees to give back to their communities by helping out local charities and causes. It could be voluntary activities which gives everyone involved a feel good factor and allows employees to give their time to something they are passionate about. Alternate ways are to celebrate your local festivals at any nearby orphanage or old age homes to express your love and affection to the underprivileged.
Energiser Events are short, one hour long events aimed to inject enthusiasm to the gathering by re-energizing your team and reawakening their creative sides. Energiser events are great additions to lecture or conference events to refocus the audience and bring back their concentration and interest. Examples could include anything from Laughter Yoga to group African drumming lessons.
Full Day/Multi Activity Day Team Building Events
Full Day Team Building events are great ways of getting your employees out and active. Unlike the usual monotonous office atmosphere, hosting a team gathering at a specific location such as an adventure centre, multiple mental and physical challenges can be participated in.
Some events, like old-school sports days, incorporate a points system to give the day that extra competitive edge. Pick a variety of different activities for your team, then sit back and relax as you and watch them enjoy themselves!
On a final note…
Team Building works best when everyone embraces it. The best way to ensure this happens…make it FUN. No-one wants to sit through an hour lecture on the benefits of team building for business, or a presentation on working together as a team.
Get people interested by incorporating physically and mentally stimulating tasks and challenges. Let the team discover that diversity is their greatest asset and trust, cooperation and effective communication are the key to a team’s success.