Managing a team of varied personalities in an office environment is sometimes like herding cats. As a business owner or manager, getting everyone to follow one gameplan or even play in the same ballpark is a challenge. Team building exercises are touted to help in a variety of ways:
- Improves morale and leadership skills
- Breaks down barriers and boundaries both culturally and hierarchical
- Clearly defines objectives and goals
- Improves productivity
- Reveals strengths and weaknesses
- Improves problem solving capabilities
- Clarifies processes and procedures
- Improves communications
- Develops team roles
Team Building Activities should not be Corporate
The most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office. Activities that overtly aim to draw in leadership lessons or practical takeaways are less powerful. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.
David Tam, for Forbes Magazine. (Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianscudamore/2016/03/09/why-team-building-is-the-most-important-investment-youll-make/#51177857617f)
Here’s a video of a team corporate event at Simply Smashing Rage Room taking out frustrations on a poor defenseless printer:
That Forbes article also suggests…
- Ditch the company picnic – (talk about lame)
- It’s not a splurge, it’s an important investment to make for your people.
- Keep the positive energy going at the office
- Having fun is an important component of good team-bonding events.
- It’s a great way to recharge and refresh and turbo-charge motivation.
- It also increases employee retention when you have regular outings to smash some office equipment.
The 4 C’s of Good Team Function:
Business owners and managers, it’s up to you to maintain good, positive communications, collaborations, commitments and culture in your company.