Ok, let’s start by recognising that the phrase ‘corporate team building’ can induce cold sweats, as office workers relive visions of awkward days spent in the boardroom performing trust falls. However, in today’s competitive corporate market, we can’t afford to underestimate the power of team building. In fact, in a recent blog post, we discovered it to be one of the 7 secrets of great company culture. So, how do we choose the right kind of exercise? How can we make it meaningful for our employees? And why should we bother investing in team building in the first place?
“Team building in an office helps to foster better and open communication between the employees themselves, as well as between the employees and the higher management. It goes a long way in improving professional relations, understanding and co-operation, and this is very much reflected in
the quality of work being done,” explains the Department of Education and Training.
First of all, it’s important to realise that team building has come a long, long way over the last few years. In fact, the opportunities available to businesses right now are more exciting than ever before. With the flexibility to organise anything from a full day, out-of-office event or a sporting challenge, to something as simple as sharing a meal together, the best approach to team building is to choose something that fits with your company culture.
WHY INVEST IN TEAM BUILDING? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Increases engagement and productivity
- Boosts staff morale
- Improves co-operation and communication within your team
- Breaks down the professional hierarchy in a positive way
- Promotes your company culture
- Encourages employees to work towards a shared goal and to celebrate success together
- Exercises problem-solving skills
- Improves critical thinking
- Cultivates relationships and connections between employees across different sectors
Once you recognise the benefits of team building within the workplace, choosing an activity that genuinely suits your team members and reflects your company culture is the hardest part. To start this process off, you’ll need to consider the key elements that any good team building activity should include.
If you’re in charge of planning your organisation’s next team building event, try to blend as many of these vital ingredients as possible. The more of these you include, the more your co-workers are likely to get out of the experience!
WHY NOT TRY…?
- Enjoying innovation at The Go Game (currently available in Sydney, NSW only)
- Working co-operatively through Corporate Challenge Events
- Staying calm under pressure in an Escape Room
Whether it becomes an annual addition to the calendar or a monthly ritual, aim to prioritise team building within the next financial year and get ready to celebrate the success it will bring.
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Written by: Laura Jones