A simple Google search for ‘team building in Ireland’ now stirs up over 735 million hits – event companies have begun to specialise in team building activities for a wide variety of workplaces.
In today’s world of instant messaging and social media addiction, people are spending increase amounts of time alone; nine hours a day online for Irish teenagers. This behaviour will only enforce habits of isolation in your workplace in the coming years.
With this in mind, it’s getting harder to get staff genuinely enthused for team building. The very fact that these work activities are often made compulsory is enough to drain the fun out of it.
Team building is about forging connections; team building is about giving staff the freedom to choose their activities and make decisions as a team. Growing such bonds will make a direct impact on your staff’s ability to work together and your overall company performance.
Are you ready to rejuvenate your team building strategy? Let’s see why it matters and how your HR team can help.
Why Does It Matter?
It matters because without people, there is no product or service. It matters because any organisation, large or small, relies on the ability of a team to work together cohesively, to trust each other to finish their jobs, and deliver the product or service offered by their company.
British entrepreneur, Richard Branson, has long advocated for an employee-first approach, “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients”. In other words, a well-developed and trusting team will deliver the best performance and results for your business.
To run a successful business, one must understand that healthy relationships are what create high-quality work and a positive company culture.
To build healthy relationships, your team building policy must involve an element of ‘letting go’, of allowing your team to negotiate what event they would like to partake in and having the freedom to shape elements of your company culture.
So, What’s the Best Method Since You’ve Rejected My Trust Fall Idea?
To really support meaningful team building, you need to choose the kinds of activities that are going to form bonds for the long-term. Sorry trust fall, you don’t make the grade.
Engaging each member’s individuality through the team building activities you undertake will improve everyone’s emotional intelligence about each other; a major asset to any team.
Below are just some examples:
- Implement Resilience Training
While it enhances staff wellbeing, it will also encourage staff to discuss their vulnerabilities.
Allowing staff to bring out their personal side, when comfortable, can be key to improving professional relationships.
- Communicating Communication Style
Each employee comes with their own idiosyncrasies and to work together productively, these unique characteristics need to be accommodated.
One effective way of doing so is by openly discussing your preferred communication style.
By vocalising whether you prefer to pass on information better verbally or in written form can make hand-offs so much easier while also showcasing staff how unique their colleagues are.
Keep it Fun
While more in-depth team building activities could be exactly what your HR policy needs, old-fashioned fun is still key.
You can shake up the tired format of the traditional ‘ice-breaker’ by taking your team away for a weekend, for an escape rooms experience or even by having a NERF battle in the office!
Time for an HR Approach to Team Building
The key to top team building? Choice and a concrete HR strategy!
Regardless of the activity, encouraging staff to choose team building activities will introduce colleagues naturally and enthuse them to take part.
Time invested in team building will improve the quality of relationships in each department, give staff an opportunity to form lasting bonds, and improve your company’s performance and reputation as a result.
Whether it’s serious resilience training or something a little more fun, get your HR team involved and get a team building strategy in place!