Despite its clear benefits team building has a bad reputation. Whenever a manager approaches a team saying that “we’re going to do some team building” you can clearly anticipate everyone’s eye roll in expectation of another depressing attempt to motivate people to work better together.
In fact, team building can be seen as a failed and lame attempt to connect teams but team building is the most important investment you can make for your people.
Effective team building means more engaged teams, which is good for company culture and in the end for overall performance. It can be the decisive factor that differentiates teams with the same resources that achieve different results.
So what can make a so powerful investment be a tremendous success or an awkward disaster?
Control your corporate evangelism
Managers are tempted to take all chances to push corporate mission and vision. Taking advantage of informal environments such a team-building event seems like a tremendous opportunity to diversify your evangelization on your company mission.
However, the most successful and memorable team-building events are the ones that don’t feel like a day at the office.
If managers take this opportunity to boast a leadership lesson it will turn that event into another never-ending conference room meeting.
In fact, spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.
Do new things together
There is a tendency to concentrate the “team building” in a yearly company picnic or dinner. It’s an event that is in everyone’s comfort zone – it’s a simple meal out of the office – that keeps expectations in a safe zone. All in the sake of keeping a tradition alive.
Despite tradition having an immense power for building effective company culture, there is an untapped power of trying new things with your staff as a method to bring teams closer. In fact, it can generate good vibes among employees, which in turn benefits the business itself.
Choosing something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage them to come together in new ways.
One good example of team building activity that brings people to try new things is our Gourmet Discovery. This treasure hunt event combines an amazing race format with a gastronomy discovery experience in which teams are pushed to discover the city through its flavors.
The video below shows you how it works:
Keep the ball rolling
When managers decide to bring a team building event they put it as a one-time activity – done and then forgotten.
In fact, as mentioned before, you should keep your company talks out of team building, but that doesn’t mean you should keep your team building experience out of the office talks.
Take a good look how teams interact during that team building, do a debrief when they get back to the office to both collect their feedback and catch their learning, and take all of that and apply those on meetings.
This practical experience will resonate more soundly than a thousand conference team meetings or workshops about teamwork.
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