An effective and well-coordinated team is a necessity for every company and business enterprise. A team consists of diverse people with different ideas, opinions, and background; but they all are working towards a similar goal. As such, there needs to be coordination and trust among the team members.
To build trust and increase the efficiency of the team, many companies have started introducing team building activities for their employees. Team building activities consist of all the activities that are aimed to enhance social relations among employees. These activities often include collaborative tasks and fun exercises that aim to increase interpersonal relations among the employees.
Team building activities can be indoor as well as outdoor. You can host the best indoor team building activities in the vicinity of your own office. However, organizing a team building activity is not as easy as it sounds, and sometimes you may need to hire professional help.
Ways to Ace Your Next Team-Building Activity
If you want to have successful team building events, here're top tips you can use to ensure your team building activity is a success.
1. Host the activity during work-days
No employee would want to spend holidays or weekends at work or in the office to attend a mandated event no matter how fun the event will be. The employees have a personal life too. Keep team building activities during work hours so that the employees will not have to sacrifice their holidays. You can dedicate a day of every month for such fun team-building activities.
2. Make sure no one feels left-out
Team building activities are aimed to include everyone in the activity and to make sure no one feels left out. So select activities to make sure each member of the team feels special and included. Pay special attention while choosing the activity. The activity must be appropriate for everyone. This increases belongingness amongst the team members, which increases the efficiency of the team.
3. Collaboration is the key
The activities sometimes consist of games and these games can become competitive. Remember, the goal of team building activities is to encourage collaboration, not competition. So, choose an activity that encourages and allows the staff to work together and achieve a shared goal instead of keeping a contest. A contest will lead to competition to win and that is not what team building activities should be about. A little competition will not hurt, but make sure there is collaboration.
4. Set clear goals
This is an important step that needs to be taken. The employees need to understand that the activities are chosen for a reason. The staff should know what the team building activity is aiming for. Is it for a new mission that they have to accomplish, or is it about any new process? The employees need to know about the intent of the activity.
5. Gather feedback
Constructive feedbacks are always helpful. Feedback provides useful insights that let you know the success of the event. It will also help you in planning the next team building activity.
Team building activities create a positive environment among co-workers. The events are fun and motivational. They lighten up the mood in the working space and create more space for positive collaboration. It’s worth it investing your time and money in such team-building endeavours.
We hope these tips help you host successful team building activities. These activities are not only effective at teaching staff to work together more efficiently, but also make sure it is done in a way that's enjoyable.