The best part of our lives is spent at work. When we look back at the age when we first entered the workforce, some of us might have been around fifteen or so. And when we look forward to retirement, most of us will be around sixty-five. With that said, that is about fifty years of our lives spent in the workforce. If you are anything like me, you might have worked for a few different companies throughout the years, working with many different people; coworkers, supervisors, managers, and leaders in that time. And each person is unique in who they are and their personalities. So, how do we connect with each other over the long-haul? How do we find common ground or acceptance of our individual contributions towards a team and corporate culture? We need a way to connect, to understand, and to create happy memories working together within the team. It turns out that happiness and learning are tied very closely together.
Team building is a way to enhance the productivity of an organization as well as provide other high-impact benefits. It improves learning, team skills and the communication of the employees that is essential for the success of the company, allowing for progress.
It will help the employees to learn many new things. It will also give them a sense of accomplishment and appreciation when they complete a task as a team. It helps the employees to return to the office with new enthusiasm and build a stronger culture.
Here are a few areas of importance that clarifies the validity of team building in the workplace:
With the average employee participating in several activities and projects in the workplace, team building will break the barriers present among the individual groups at a company. For many employees who are not used to working together, it will be a new experience for them. Apart from learning new ways of working together, the special skills and talents of the individual members of the team are highlighted and natural leaders are identified. The employees learn how to communicate within and outside the organization. It allows them to enhance their circle and thus new opportunities and realizations are formed.
Team role is developed
Each member of the team has a specific role to play to make the project successful.
Team building helps in the development of team roles in the following ways:
- Members, according to their skills, are differentiated
- The person with the skill to plan and manage is made the leader
- Some have the skill of checking the finalized work, they are given that specific duty
- The creative minds are assigned to work on the project and make it successful
- Thus, the roles are divided according to skills and no conflict is left
Skill development and long-term benefits
It should be considered that the stronger the team the more productivity a company will have. Avoiding burnout should be a top priority for anyone, regardless of title and role within the organization. The development of skills is the main benefit of team building. It provides the workers with the opportunity to learn new things. Apart from that, the organization can hire a coach that will train the teams in the best way possible.
Thus, giving your employees a chance to learn will make them more loyal to your company. As well, they will feel more focused and dedicated to the accomplishment and success of the projects.
The best thing about team building is that it allows the employees to participate and have a new experience where the level of knowledge of everyone is same. Thus, everyone has the dedication to learn and they help each other in development as the success of the project is the main goal. This is the reason that team building enhances strong relationships that are kept for life.
The best team building activities are the ones that don’t necessarily feels like another day at the office. Try doing activities that involve bringing in someone from outside the organization to facilitate an activity which promotes understanding of self and others. It could also be something that promotes laughter and exploring deeper understanding of the personalities of colleagues. Providing an opportunity for the team to explore authenticity and vulnerability is equally as important. Many people on the team would like to see the human side of their leaders, to see that they value the connection of the team and not take themselves so seriously.
If you are leading a team, or responsible for the learning and development of one, now is the time for you think about team building exercises and coaching for your employees. It will not only make the organization successful but the employees will know that you care for them, thus increasing engagement. It will be your investment in the company that will provide you with long lasting benefits. Apart from that, the best employees will always remain honest and work harder for the company taking them towards success. Because the best part of our lives is spent at work, we might as well build the team around time well spent.
About the author: Kyle Kalloo works for Change My Life Coaching as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and Executive and Business Coach. With two decades of experience in senior management positions, Kyle Kalloo has established a robust record in Strategic Positioning & Brand Management, Operations Restructuring, Feasibility Assessment, Change Management, People Engagement, Executive Development, and the recipient of awards for Innovation & Improvement in previous roles, including companywide initiatives. Change My Life Coaching is a team of professionals who provide practical and inspiring whole-life coaching solutions that positively impact every aspect of our client’s lives, careers, and businesses. http://www.changemylifecoaching.ca