Importance of team building activities at the workplace
To accomplish tasks effectively and quickly, it is important for people across the organization to work closely together, as one cohesive team. Since teamwork is so critical to a business’ success, regular team-building activities are vital. The human resources department plays a crucial role in every company to organize such events and activities from time to time to prevent the workplace from becoming monotonous.
In a world where most of the attention is focused on making the client happy, businesses often tend to neglect their most important asset – the employees. Team building and specially planned activities not only boost the employees’ morale, but also contribute to greater success of your business.
Here are some benefits of organizing regular team building activities at the workplace:
- Build trust
Team building activities can help build trust among your employees. Trust is critical in any relationship; and especially in business, when every work day involves working in teams to achieve shared objectives for the overall growth of the company. Mutual trust fostered by team building activities can allow your employees to depend more on one another and be more productive and efficient as a result. Team building exercises are especially important for new employees. It helps them to get to know their co-workers and settle in their new job.
- Ease conflicts
Team-building activities at the workplace play an important role in easing conflicts and disputes between co-workers by allowing them to get to know one another on a personal level, and become more accustomed to each one’s unique personalities and different opinions. Holding your team building activities in a neutral location such as a retreat space, public park or a hotel’s conference room helps keep sentiments from office conflicts less intense.
- Increase collaboration
Team building activities establish a stronger bond between co-workers who might otherwise blame one another when problems arise within shared business projects. This bond can help in increasing collaboration among employees during daily business activities. Assign team-building activities that require all employees to participate at once. During team-building activities, encourage employees to avoid blaming one another for solutions to hypothetical situations that might not work well.
- Effective communication
Through effective team-building activities, employees learn how to better communicate with one another because these activities expose them to situations that need to be solved as a group. This type of communication practice translates into more productive and efficient daily work and allows employees to function better as a team. Encourage your team members to verbalize issues as they arise, in a calm and professional manner, during team building activities.
- Positive outlook
Most team-building falls flat because it’s a one-time activity – done and then forgotten. The key is to find ways to keep the excitement going. Create opportunities for employees to connect and interact in meaningful ways, outside of regular meetings or presentations. One way to do this is to regularly organise activities to motivate employees, where their efforts and hard work are recognised.
How do you know you’ve gotten team building right? If there was laughter, a sense of excitement and accomplishment, and maybe a few candid moments uploaded on social media, you can rest assured that you are on the right track!