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What Are the Benefits of Team Building?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Field House - Corporate Team Building and Events in Framingham, Concord, Sudbury, MA

Improved team performance has many benefits for small employers.

Businesses that take the time to develop employees properly see long-term benefits. Team building is one area of development that is easily overlooked. As a business leader, you can get many benefits from incorporating team-building exercises and activities into your company culture. Team building is worth the time and effort.

Building Trust Among Co-Workers

When co-workers are forced to work on a project outside the scope of normal job duties, they relax and let their guard down. After all, no one will be fired for not solving the scavenger hunt the fastest. When walls are lowered, people engage in creative dialogue seeking solutions to the task at hand. Co-workers realize they are part of a team with a variety of ideas that can help solve problems. The result is greater trust among co-workers when they return to the daily office tasks.

Improving Company Morale

Team-building exercises are meant to be fun and engaging for everyone. Strange team-building exercises, such as building a contraption to catch an egg from a 2-foot drop without it breaking, seem funny at face value. However, the creative solutions come with whacky ideas, often laughter and a combined competitive spirit. These moments overflow into the work environment, giving people a connection and improving overall company morale. Great morale leads to improved productivity.

Better Communication

Team-building exercises are designed to force people to brainstorm about odd problems or talk about themselves in nonwork ways. The exercise forces people to follow the script and talk to one another. This has far-reaching benefits. Not only do co-workers learn more about each other's talents and skills, they might also learn about their cultural history. This opens eyes as to why people might act or speak differently from one another. Business leaders know that a diverse workplace where people respect others' backgrounds and opinions lead to better communication and fewer misunderstandings or conflict.

Uncover Leadership Qualities

When you put a group of people together who don't normally have reason to work with one another, you see natural personalities rise to the top. As a result, the wall-flower might need prodding to engage in the activity. It also allows those with natural leadership abilities to step up and take charge of the activity. Business owners can observe the type of leadership style someone demonstrates: authoritative, coaching or pacesetter. This helps business leaders see how to cultivate existing leaders better and mentor new leaders in the company.

Identify Strengths and Weaknesses

While doing daily activities, people stick to their respective tasks. This isn't always a full picture of what someone's strengths and weaknesses are. Team-building exercises help identify core competencies that employers seek in employees. Competencies include but aren't limited to competitiveness, integrity, influencing, problem-solving and goal setting. Business leaders are able to identify these traits and use this information to build a strong team by investing in building up its people.

For more information on team building events, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury

Source: smallbusiness.chron.com

Benefits of Corporate Team Building Events

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAOver the past several decades, management theory has evolved from the promotion of competitive work environments to the development of cooperative ones. As part of this evolution, businesses, especially small businesses, have put an ever-increasing emphasis on team building. Team building activities, whether they are five-minute games or week-long retreats, teach essential collaborative skills while helping employees develop trust in each other and each other's abilities.

Improve Productivity

Very often the main goal of team building activities is to improve productivity. As employees learn to work together more effectively, they are able to do their work more efficiently. Less time has to be spent correcting errors and work can be divided according to team member abilities, reducing repetitive or overlapping work. Team building activities often give employees the opportunity to identify ways to improve processes, policies or procedures that have inhibited productivity.

Increase Motivation

Team building activities can increase employee motivation in several ways. First, when employees succeed in team building activities, they become more confident, which boosts their motivation. Second, commitment to team building activities demonstrates that the business is willing to invest in their success. Third, employees are often more motivated when they gain trust in their fellow employees and feel confident that their work as a team will be recognized and appreciated.

Foster Problem Solving

Team building events typically involve introducing a problem that team members have to solve together. The problem solving skills that they practice in a simulation can transfer to into the workplace. Through the activities, team members gain the skills that let them identify barriers to accomplishing goals and come up with ways to overcome those barriers. Team building activities can give employees structured ways to solve problems together while making each aware of the resources that each team member brings to the workplace.

Encourage Creativity

Team building activities take employees out of their usual environment and give them an out-of-the-ordinary task to perform. This environment often gives permission for employees to be more creative and to use their imagination to accomplish the tasks set before them. It also sends the message to employees that their creativity is welcome in the workplace. These creative problem-solving skills transfer back to the workplace once the activities are complete.

For more information on corporate team building, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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