Ultimately team building is designed to improve interpersonal relations between groups of people and consequently improve overall business performance. In other words it is is all about encouraging people to work together as a more productive cohesive unit. Why is team building so important? In a time where workplaces are trending towards modern, flexible, collaborative environments and where one person’s efforts are recognised as a contribution to the whole, building a strong team who work well together has become essential to all business. Poor team dynamics can result in high staff turnover, lower productivity and conflict. The success of many organisations and indeed the human race in general, depends on our ability to come together in successful teams working towards a common goal.
Tailored Team building activities can assist in improving:
- Communication. Everybody wants to work in a friendly environment where people get along with each other. Team building activities that create discussion and open communication facilitate improved relationships and reduce the chance of confusion or misunderstanding, resulting in a more positive workplace.
- Motivation. Team building activities are often seen as a demonstration that the company values its employees. Feeling confident and valued motivates employees to want to take on new challenges and do well in their work.
- Negotiation. Everyone has a voice and as people get to know each other better, they are more comfortable voicing their own opinion. Team building activities allow employees to become comfortable expressing their ideas or opinions in front of peers and management opening the door to better negotiation within the workplace.
- Problem Solving. Good team work fosters an environment of collaborative problem solving. When employees know how to work together to solve problems and are able to think rationally and strategically as a team, they become more practised at problem solving and more likely to use it in a real work-life situation.
- Conflict Resolution. In any workplace conflicts and disputes can arise, this is normal when people with different personalities come together. Team building activities give employees the chance to learn more about each other’s personalities, their interests, home life, strengths and weaknesses. This understanding plays an important role in easing conflict as it promotes tolerance of each other’s differences.
- Trust. Mutual trust and respect are vital to good teamwork. If you don’t trust your leaders how can you follow them? Team building activities can help your employees to learn to depend more on one another and develop a mutual respect for each other.
There are a large number of companies throughout New Zealand that supply dedicated, fully customised team building exercises catering to businesses of all sizes, budgets and requirements. Here are a few links to get you started:
Successful team building activities facilitate better working relationships and can result in increased productivity, improving overall business performance. However, it is not a onetime thing, but an ongoing process, that’s needs regular attention.