Why Team Building Events Are Important
Team building is a concept that is widely known but infrequently enacted upon. Many expect that throwing different teams within one unit will ensure cooperation because of a mutual goal but the reality is quite different. You need to nurture all factions of a team so that everyone works together as a single unit.
Team building is when a group of individual employees of a company merges together to form a unified operation team. Their efforts, work and rewards are pooled once they start working together. One of the major characteristics of a team is that it is extremely organized and cooperative in nature. It entails an understanding between groups of individuals who have a common goal.
Different types of team building exercises
Team building is very expansive in nature. Activities can be as simple or as complex as your design them out to be. Here are a few examples:
- Encouraging daily communication
If you encourage daily communication within the office, you are likely to aid the creation of a strong team. This is because the more the employees interact with one another, the more likely they are to become acquaintances or friends. This harbors trust, understanding, good communication and increased productivity.
- Hiring external help
Investing in a professional who will be able to notice the behavior of your workplace, in general, is also another way. They will be able to propose solutions that will help encourage cohesiveness and promote cooperation.
- Appointing managers
When you have a diverse range of teams working within one business, you will need someone to coordinate. Having managers for every team will ensure that a conducive environment is created in which all team members are aware of one another and are willing to collaborate.
SoftTeco’s General Team Building. Summer 2018.
Benefits of team building
The benefits that are derived out of team building are undeniable. They massively improve the function of your business and its overall profitability. Here is how:
- It increases productivity
Every business wants to ensure that its productivity levels are high. This is what will ensure that they are profitable. If owners are able to motivate employees and encourage cooperation then the likeness of productivity rising are higher. This is because employees pool in their efforts, work without disagreements, are more time efficient due to a lack of miscommunication and because they start enjoying what they do with their peers.
- It results in high motivation
When you invest time in building a team, the result can be highly motivated employees. As employees embark upon completing team building exercising, they build a momentum which allows them to trust each other’s ability as well as have faith in their own. This massively boosts their confidence and motivation to carry out the next task.
- Makes the team highly coordinated
When you encourage team building exercises and receive the benefits listed above, you will notice that the collaboration between different teams in the office increases dramatically. This cooperative nature is sure to build relationships, improve the quality of work, ensure that all tasks are completed quicker and improve communication
- It enhances creativity
For any successful business, creativity is essential. It is something that will ensure growth and progress. Through team building exercises, you can harness the potential of each employee thus giving you a pool of ideas to choose from in the future. This type in investment in your workforce is bound to pay off.
- It encourages positive reinforcement
Every positive attribute that an employee brings to the table should be recognized. Through team building exercises, adding a level of recognition of tasks well done would be a major factor through which a business could become more successful in the future. It relays to the employees that their efforts are being expounded upon and appreciated.
Where SoftTeco stands
When it comes to applying these principles at SoftTeco, we want to relay to the employees the core principle of the company; the team is the heart of the foundation. We work to create such an environment where the team is organized in such a manner that all internal affairs are run smoothly and produce a positive result in the end.
We have divided our team building practices into three sections:
- General Team Building
General team building is done through a hired organizing company which makes use of professions that gauge the changes that need to be made within the working environment.
- Department Team Building
This section of team building is usually run by a department head. They decide the approach they want to take and what the various objectives of the activities should be. Holistically, we encourage cooperation between the various departments within our company.
- Project Team Building
Project team building is all about the members of a specific team. They decide the approach they want to take, the kind of activities they want to carry out and what quality they want to enhance or induce.
As we plan the budget and activities for team building, we carry out a poll that highlights the most desired option by the employees. After taking this and multiple other opinions into account, we carry out the events and ask for feedback. This feedback is essential in understanding whether the team building exercise was helpful and if it met the expectations of the employees.
Despite the cost incurred through regular team building exercise, here at SoftTeco, we believe that every penny is worth it. The return you get on investment in the form of increased communication, collaboration, trust, motivation, understanding and creativity – all factors mentioned above – is unparalleled. You want your employees to have the necessary problem-solving skills that will ensure that they contribute to the success of the business.
The material was provided by SoftTeco’s HR Department.