Effective team building activities offer a variety of benefits to both the participants and the organisation. We have chosen our top ten and detailed them below for you to have a look at!
Develop key skills
Team building activities are a great way to develop key skills within a workforce or leadership team in a relaxed, albeit well structured environment. The most effective way to develop specific skills is to choose an activity which can easily be tailored to highlight the skill you are looking to develop (as opposed to trying to tack many skills in a single activity).
You may wish to focus on leadership, problem solving, conflict management, negotiation, collaboration, or even creativity. The list is endless, but be sure to choose an activity which will deliver what you want it to in order to get a good return on your investment!
Team building activities are a great way to reward staff for a job well done and to say thank you for all their hard work. Ensure the activity you choose is fun and (if possible) away from the work place.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!” A little time away from the office doing something fun goes a long way! Good team building activities are worth their weight in gold when it comes to motivating staff!
Communicate or reinforce a message
If you want to communicate a specific message or reinforce an important subject such as excellent customer service, department collaboration, sustainability, etc. Team building activities can be a fantastic and highly effective way of doing so.
The most important thing when it comes to communicating or reinforcing a message is to choose the correct Team Building Activity, ensuring that the event delivers exactly what you want it to. A good team building company will be able to advise you on the most suitable activities.
Shared experiences are a fantastic way to help team members bond and get to know each other on a personal level. Well chosen team building activities will provide participants with common ground away from the office which is not work related.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of effective team building is improved teamwork. Collaborative team building activities will require all of the teams and participants to work together in order to achieve a common goal. Effective team work will be instrumental/critical to their success and will provide delegates with a better understanding of how their colleagues and team work which can be taken back to the workplace.
Highlight strengths and weaknesses
Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses – some people may excel when it comes to solving logical problems but may struggle with creative tasks. Others may be in their element when it comes to creative challenges but struggles elsewhere…
Team building activities are a great way to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a team so that they are able to better utilise their assets back in the workplace.
By choosing a Team Building Activity which highlights the importance of communication between teams and participants, delegates will gain a greater understanding into how people communicate in different ways and how vital effective communication is.
Build and maintain trust
Trust within the workplace is vital and has been linked to employee turnover, commitment, company loyalty and staff morale. Team building activities are a very effective way of building and maintaining trust between employees through a shared experience.
Research has shown that companies considered by their workforce to be a “good places to work” consistently outperform the rest of the market. Of course team building activities aren’t the only way to create a happy workforce but they certainly have their part to play.
Team building activities are great fun! There is of course a serious side to Team Building as well as significant benefits, but in order for participants to get the most out of them, these events should always be light hearted and fun.
Here are some great team building activities for you to consider when planning your next event!