Arguably, one of the most important aspect to a business is team work. This allows the business to function effectively, if the whole team of employees and employers work together and communicate with each other to get vital information across to the right person. But to get a team to work well with each other they will need to part take in a team building exercise to help the team members get to know each other and by making the team building exercise fun and enjoyable, to get the employees to open up and communicate.
Most people when they hear ‘team building exercise’ they might not be to thrilled because team building has had a bad reputation in the past as managers would force employees to part take in tedious activities but that only does the exact opposite and can even bring down a teams moral. But a good team building exercise breaks down the barriers between people and allows them to communicate and support each other.
Most team-building falls flat because it’s a one-time activity – done and then forgotten. It’s key to find ways to keep the excitement going. The challenge is creating opportunities for people to connect and interact in meaningful ways, outside of regular meetings or presentations.
One way we do this is at our daily huddle. At the same time each day, the entire company assembles for a fast-paced stand-up meeting to check-in on major projects and celebrate achievements together. Beyond that, our people are encouraged to share their 101 life goals list with each other (we even developed an app to make it easier). Goals range from learning to read Tolstoy in Russian to walking the Great Wall of China. It’s a powerful way to learn about people and their dreams, as well as to generate ideas for future team-building activities.
How do you know you’ve gotten team building right? If there was laughter, a sense of excitement and accomplishment, and maybe a few Instagram moments, you’re definitely on the right track!
At Internalia Group the way in which we maintain a strong team bond is to do lunch outs with the whole office and to talk about subjects not relating to work to get to know our fellow employees. So in conclusion team building is an essential tool to get the team work to be efficient but if done incorrectly it can lead to more problems but if done right, it can lead to productivity, results and a great atmosphere.