Regardless of the size of your company, it is highly likely that your business revolves around people working together in order to make things happen. Very rarely do we see companies made up solely of individuals doing their own thing, so being able to create a team atmosphere in the workplace is vital to success.
Why Teamwork Is Vital
There are several key reasons why teamwork is so important for businesses both big and small. Working together will bring faster results to a company and sharing ideas and creative input will allow problems to be overcome in a more streamlined fashion too.
Teamwork also encourages healthy competition as well, giving each staff member an incentive to improve their performance and raise their level of productivity. This can be great for the business as a whole and best of all it energises those who work there, creating a far more interesting and vibrant place to work.
How Team-Building Can Help
Despite picking up one or two negative connotations over the years, team-building exercises and activities can give you and your staff an opportunity to come together productively. This helps to build relationships, enhance trust, iron out any simmering conflicts and improve communication between staff members.
A Chance To Shine
Another benefit of holding team-building days is that it will give you an insight into your staff that you may not be afforded during the day-to-day routines of business life. Different tasks require different skills, and the upbeat nature of a team-building day can often bring people out of their shells.
This gives you the opportunity to assess your staff at a different level and it will allow them to demonstrate skill sets that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. You may even find that one of your quietest members of staff can be quite the motivator given the right set of circumstances.
What Does Team-Building Entail?
Team-building can be done in a range of different ways. It can be encouraged within the everyday activities carried out by members of staff during their working day or it can be a single, separate day where staff members come together simply to concentrate on improving teamwork.
These team-building days are what commonly spring to mind when the term is used. An external third party coordinates structured activities and employees are encouraged to come together in order to successfully complete the given tasks. These tasks are usually highly entertaining and engaging, and can take on many forms. Some of the most popular include:
- Soap Box Derby – Teams build their own cars and race them against rival competitors
- School Sports Day – Turn back the clock and take part in a school sports day once again
- GPS Treasure Hunts – Take to the city to find the hidden booty with the aid of ultra modern GPS
- The Apprentice – Pit your business wits against your colleagues in this spin-off of the hit TV show
- Trading Floor – Find out who your company’s Gordon Gekko is with this stock exchange inspired activity
- Urban Art Logo – Get creative and come together to make a new version of your very own company logo…in graffiti!
And the list goes on. There are endless different activities available, so pick the best one for your group of people and let the team-building process begin.
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Charlie Berry is the Event Director for London based Zing Events, a corporate event company that delivers innovative and creative team building activities.