We often treat Team building activities as nothing more than just another event. But when you get down to it, they play a central part in creating a stable, productive, and goal-oriented team. Take a look at the importance of team building in the workplace and how it holds the key to the success of your business.
If you want your team members to stay motivated every day, you need to empower them. If you spend all day batting away their ideas and suggestions then they’ll soon go quiet. This isn’t because they’re satisfied with the answers you’ve given them and they have no comebacks. It’s because they’ve switched off and are waiting for finishing time.
The Impact and Importance of team building in the workplace
1. Team building creates a culture where everyone feels empowered to make a difference
Putting on regular team building activities is essential if you’re going to show your team that you value them. By bringing the team together, you can remind everyone why they’re there — to make a difference.
2. Team building boosts morale and employee retention so that you can keep the best and brightest
High employee turnover is a serious problem with any business. Not only will you have to invest time and money in recruiting a suitable replacement. You then have to spend considerably more time getting them up to speed and integrating them into the existing setup.
Regular team building allows you to assess the mood and sentiment of your team, and address any causes for concern. Think of it as taking the temperature of your organization so that you know what everyone’s thinking. It’s a no-brainer to see why the world’s most successful businesses invest so much time and money into team building activities.
“I work with a team of writers. I believe that showing them that I value their efforts is essential. Team building activities are a big part of that. I think if I didn’t do them regularly, then I wouldn’t have a team waiting for me on Monday morning!” — says Lucy Thompson, a Service Manager, at a renowned Publishing company.
3. When your people network with one another they’ll come up with new ideas
People are always more likely to approach colleagues they know, rather than those they don’t. We can say this about more senior staff members. This doesn’t mean you have an especially uncommunicative team, it’s just human nature manifesting itself.
Regular team building activities will open up new channels of communication within your organization. This comes with some benefit too. The issues faced by one team is often solved by someone sitting just a couple of desks away. Creating a culture where everyone feels confident enough to approach people they don’t speak to all that often is essential. Think of it as a chance to create a network that connects the smartest people in the business.
4. A bit of friendly competition is a sure-fire way to get more done
If you incentivize your employees and cultivate a little bit of friendly competition, they’re bound to get more work done. You don’t want to go over the top with this, or perpetually have competitions running. Otherwise, you will create a slightly overbearing culture.
Run something every now and again however, and you’ll be able to breathe fresh air into the typical working week. Your staff will want to go above and beyond. Your managers will be able to extract the extra efforts from employees that they’ve been looking for. Consequently, your business will grow.
Make sure to congratulate any runners up as well. You should applaud their extra efforts as well. So, make them feel valued by saying a few kind words when you hand out the prizes. That way you’ll be able to keep everyone onside.
5. People communicate better when they know the other person
Not only does striking up a relationship make it far more likely that people will connect in the first place, it also means they’ll get more out of each exchange.
Team building allows you to get people on the same page by showing other members of the team what makes them tick. As your team ages and gets more experience of working together, this process will happen naturally. But if you want to accelerate, especially during a period of hiring, then team building is always the best way to do it.
Give people a problem to solve that is independent of their experience level in the company. This will put everyone on an equal footing.
It also provides your team with the perfect chance to gain some insight into what every member brings to the table. You may even come to know that the quiet new hire has innate problem solving skills and needs to be fast tracked!
6. You have the chance to show your team that you value them
The final thing to say about team building, is that it’s your chance to say thank you for all the hard work. Your team comes to work every day to pay their bills and look after their families. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the process.
If you can put on activities that show them that you value their input, then your whole business will get better. It’ll make it far more likely that people come to you with issues, suggestions, and new ideas. Three things that as the boss, you need to hear about if you’re going to have the chance to change things.
We can never overstate the value of team building. Many people see it as a cliched exercise where you just go through the motions. View it as a chance to get the most out of your most valuable resource (people). Soon, you’ll see why it’s so important to the success of your business.
At Xoxoday, we deeply understand the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and engagement drivers of people, be it an employee, supplier, contract staff, gig or consumer. We bring simplicity and continuity to a complex, everyday problem.