- Improving communication.
- Making the workplace more enjoyable.
- Motivating a team.
- Getting to know each other.
- Getting everyone “onto the same page”, including goal setting.
- Teaching the team self-regulation strategies.
- Helping participants to learn more about themselves (strengths & weaknesses)
- Identifying and utilizing the strengths of team members.
- Improving team productivity.
- Practicing effective collaboration with team members.
Why is Team-Building Important?
Team building is part of a psychological discipline called organisational psychology. It inspires groups of workers to communicate through a series of planned events that are fun & motivational.
These events can be used to determine strong points in an individual’s personality, such as leadership skills. This can benefit the individual by giving them greater job satisfaction & the opportunity to progress to their full potential as their strengths are highlighted. This is a circle of reward, with positive feedback following positive action; a far more efficient way to have efficient workers.
Job satisfaction is an important part of a person’s employment. Feeling worthwhile, worthy, part of a team & having a sense of achievement within the working environment are essential elements to happiness. These feelings can motivate a workforce & ensure they are at their most productive, & in turn, this attitude will motivate their colleagues. Working on the premise that happy staff are productive staff, companies often find that team-building events positively affect the productivity of individuals, teams & the company as a whole.
- Team building also benefits the team as a whole. When people who rarely work together are forced to communicate, they can discover that they enjoy the interaction & continue to network & bond with different people back at the office. Those who previously may not have been getting along will have to forget their differences in order to overcome an obstacle & their dislike is be diminished as the work together for a common goal.
- Types of Team Building Exercises
Involve problem-solving activities that are geared towards improving communication skills. The issues that teams encounter
Problem Solving/Decision Making Exercises:
Focus on groups working together to solve difficult problems or make complex decisions.
Focus on aspects of planning & adaptability to change. This is important for teams to be able to do when they are assigned complex tasks or decisions.
Involve engaging team members to induce trust & can vary in degrees of trust, depending on the comfort levels of participants.
Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. It is distinct from team training, which is designed by a combine of business managers, learning and development/OD (Internal or external) and an HR Business Partner (if the role exists) to improve the efficiency, rather than interpersonal relations.
- aligning around goals
- building effective working relationships
- reducing team members’ role ambiguity
- finding solutions to team problems
Team building is one of the most widely used group-development activities in organizations.
Of all organizational activities, one study found team-development to have the strongest effect (versus financial measures) for improving organizational performance. Team-development activities, including team building and team training, improve both a team’s objective performance and that team’s subjective supervisory ratings.
- Four approaches
- Setting Goals
- Role clarification
- Problem solving