Few things are more vital to a successful business than a strong team relationship. However, such a relationship often does not come naturally and may require a joint effort on the part of management, as well as subordinate employees. Still, many leaders may be confused as to how to develop an effective team connection between themselves and members of their staff, not to mention that numerous employees are reluctant to participate in traditional team building activities and events.
Many of the experiences most people envision when approached about team building exercises are lengthy and boring. Moreover, they offer little to engage the interests of the people they are meant to bring together. Still, there are no regulations defining what a team building exercise must entail. Going against tradition, one of the most constructive techniques for planning team building exercises within an organization begins with asking for input from the members who will be in attendance of the event.
Some helpful questions to ask might include:
Is there a specific issue or company interest that deserves primary focus?
What are some goals that they would like to see accomplished by the event?
What sorts of activities would they enjoy?
While there are certain to be a variety of responses, making the effort to ask and attempting to incorporate some of the team’s suggestions will earn leaders the respect of the group. Many employeesâ€™ top complaint about their workplace is that they do not feel that their opinions are important to their superiors. Requesting contributions can help dispel this fear and make individuals want to be part of the team, thereby making a successful team building event more likely.
Another way to plan a great event is to delegate some of the planning tasks to other staff members. Planning any group activity is certain to be stressful, but in many instances, setting up a committee to help take on some of the responsibility will help minimize the stress associated with the planning process.
Whether the main focus is introducing everyone outside of the office environment in order to improve communication, boosting morale, or helping promote upcoming changes to the organization, an established goal tends to keep the event more organized.
Simply attending a single team building event is not enough to maintain a strong team. Team building is a continuous task, not a one time thing. The principles and techniques developed during an event need to be regularly reiterated throughout the year to ensure their long-term success.
The main thing to remember in team building is that these activities should be non-competitive. To strengthen the bond of employees they need to work together. This is the overall goal of such an event: learn to work better together and to depend on one another to be successful. The skills developed in the event will translate into a better workplace and in turn create an optimal environment for partners, staff, clients, customers, and vendors.