The Value of Team Building Activities

By David J Clark

Team building activities

These are often seen as wastes of time and money, particularly by employees. This misconception can end up with inadequate team building days being organized, as management deem them necessary in principle but demonstrate no understanding in what they are really meant to achieve, beyond some abstract concept of ‘team building’. The result is employees who aren’t engaging with the day and take no benefit away from it.

A properly organized team building day, with well thought out activities can result in tremendous results for productivity. Bausch and Lomb Orlando Art sake actionMost companies feature a workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other. A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other, but people at slightly further reaches of the organization are sometimes left with a faceless impression of each other, sometimes resulting in an unjustified animosity.

Team building days

are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation. Any bonds made during the day can increase the co-operation between employees on an organization-wide level and therefore have a positive impact on the efficiency of the workplace. If someone in marketing is comfortable with someone in accounting, these departments will find themselves co-operating much more effectively, rather than competing so much for their separate interests. This kind of competitive antagonism is fairly commonplace, and something that your organization can do without.

Aside from the co-operative benefit, employees who are more comfortable with each other are more likely to bring up issues they may have rather than awkwardly compromising to avoid conflict or raising issues in a manner that is likely to offend and cause bad feelings, thus damaging the efficiency of the workplace. The ability to communicate both good and bad messages to each other is an essential component of any effective workforce.

Overall, team building day should aim to give workers a sense of common purpose and bonhomie. If employees feel like they are all ‘in this together’ and working towards a common goal, they are more likely to co-operate rather than pursuing their own individual goals. You can’t force employees to like each other, but by affording the opportunity to get to know and trust each other outside of the workplace, team building days can significantly improve communication between disparate employees and departments, boosting  efficiency of the workplace as a result.

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