Team building sounds like a cliche approach to creating a cohesive workplace, but it’s one of the most important. However, it can sometimes be an undeveloped or underutilised aspect of staff development, which can lead to a lack of cohesion within the team.
A company is only as strong as its parts, so it’s important to put time and effort into building a healthy, developed team.
Team building activities are usually aimed at one thing — to grow and develop your employees so that they collaborate better with one another and produce results. These activities can take a few hours to days depending on the size of your company and how much planning you’ve put into the activities. But overall, you should achieve the following by the end of your efforts.
- Let your colleagues/employees get to know one another by opening communications and interacting with one another during team activities that allow them to learn about personalities, interests and skills.
- Improve the attitude towards the job by rekindling positive behaviour (e.g. interest in the position, dedication)
- Promote teamwork and cooperation without the pressure of evaluations
- Discover new skills that can translate to work opportunities, such as creativity, resourcefulness, collaboration or even leadership.
- A lighter and more positive atmosphere throughout the workplace from the perception of being taken care of by the company.
If you are looking for examples of team-building activities to take to your workplace, why not try:
- Taking MBTI tests as a team to learn more about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
- Icebreaker games to connect team members to one another
- Developing core values as a group (such as code of conduct, agreed-upon workplace rules, etc.).
- Self-assessments & group assessments of members