There are lots of different reasons why organised team building is an important part of any workplace.
Not only does it foster better communication and collaboration, it helps staff members to see each other in a different light and allow them to connect on a deeper level.
Here are some ideas that have been scientifically proven to helping staff bond effectively.
When setting up team building activities, it’s usually a good idea to take everyone off-site so that staff members can interact away from work.
Activities should be fun, but also motivational, and encourage skills in different area such as:
- conflict resolution,
- communication, and
- problem solving.
1. Sharing a meal
Having an informal meal together at a restaurant is a great way for the team to have non-work discussions and get to know each other better.
If you want to introduce an element of organised bonding then why not get the team to cook the meal at someone’s house, or have a professional chef give them a cooking lesson? This is a great way for them to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
2. Change of scene
Organising a short excursion out of the office can give staff members a chance to bond in a different setting and provide an opportunity for discussion and creative thinking.
For managers this is a good exercise if you feel creativity skills need to be improved and that the team needs an icebreaker to get to know each other better.
3. Playing games
Games are a great way to introduce a fun element to team bonding and encourage problem solving.
They don’t need to be complicated either, there are lots of quick and easy team building games you can find online designed to break the ice, boost morale and promote better teamwork.
A rewarding experience, and one that can bring a team closer together is to organise a volunteer day to work in the community.
Helping others makes people feel good about themselves and will generate a sense of pride in the team about their efforts. It also provides an opportunity for non-work discussions and gets everyone working together for a shared non-profit goal.
5. Physical activities
Engaging in a physical activity ticks a number of boxes for team bonding as it is a chance for non-work discussions, encourages friendly competition and also a change of scene.
Be sure to choose an activity that everyone will enjoy, and take into account their abilities, for instance, a 30 km bush hike might appeal to some people but not everyone.
Above all, the point of team building is to encourage a friendly work environment where people are comfortable sharing ideas and problem solving and/or creativity skills are improved. Team building should be strategic, even if it is a day out of the office, as you want people to actually use the lessons they learn once back at work, rather than go back to their normal behaviour.
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