Do you want to create a team building activity that truly lives up to its potential? By integrating team building with your goals for real time work you can establish a great working environment with high production rates. Before you begin your team building exercises, you will need to understand their impact and how to create goals that will work beyond the activity.
Team Building Event Impacts
If you do not pay attention to the integration of the activity, a team building event will at best be a short term boost to the enthusiasm and positive morale of your employees. However, if the team building event is planned well and executed in the right way, people will feel good about themselves and about each other. Your employees will get to know each other a bit better and will have a common experience that they can draw upon when they are back at work.
Pros and Cons of Team Building
The worst thing that a team building activity can do is help the employees become more cynical about their company. This happens when the activity does not match well with the way that the company normally does things. If you send your people offsite for an event, but the rewards for your company are based on individual efforts and goals, the team building activity is not going to have a lasting impact.
When this occurs, people are going to lose hours that they could be productive complaining about the time that was wasted on the event.
If the event is not followed with meaningful activities that take place in the workplace, it simply should not be held. Events with no follow up will essentially make matters worse in the workplace instead of better.
Creating a Successful Team Building Event
The success of a team building event will begin well before the sessions for employees start. You will want to use a team to help plan the event since you want to be able to model the behavior that you are looking for from the team building sessions that are scheduled.
The long term effectiveness of any team building exercise will be enhanced when these events are held often. You should plan on holding a team building event at least once a year. This will allow the team building experience to become a part of the overall company structure. It is something that will be expected from employees, and when done correctly it will be something that they all look forward to attending every year.
There are several team building activities that can be done at your event or you can simply focus on one. Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you follow up the event with activities in the workplace that are related to what was completed during the retreat or event. This will help with company morale as it shows that what was accomplished during the activity has relevance in the work environment.