The importance and effectiveness of team building have long been widely recognized by experts. For this reason, human resources, among their roles, find themselves identifying innovative solutions to stimulate employees to collaborate and overcome differences and conflicts through healthy and fun group experiences.
Activities change (trips, internal events, excursions), but the objectives are common: to improve communication between team members and increase their productivity, both during training and while working in the office.
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Research conducted by Forbes has no doubts about the advantages of team building: “effective team building involves more employees and positively affects profits and perception of the company”. Allowing to reinforce elements essentials such as leadership, a sense of belonging and motivation. Not only. Through team building, the idea of an open and collaborative corporate culture is transmitted above all else.
How to make team building effective
To organize a strong and meaningful team-building activity, you need to keep these points in mind:
- Find creative, engaging, fun ideas. No employee wants to be forced to be locked in a room all day;
- Adopt a clear strategy, with concrete and precise objectives: this will allow the team to actively participate and improve their skills ;
- Involve all employees and respect everyone’s diversity and sensitivity;
How to plan team building
In the planning phase, you will have to face the choice of the activity to be carried out: a game, a race, a speech, or other. Each team building activity can be divided into two categories: competitive and non-competitive.
Some human resources employees prefer not to risk too much by focusing on non-competition, others favor highly competitive activity to strengthen teamwork. What to choose? Observe the company culture and the context of your office (i.e. the general attitude of your employees): it will be easier to develop the most suitable activity to strengthen the team.
The timing for team building planning are varied, there is no perfect moment, but a tip is to schedule activities during office hours: this it will motivate employees more to participate and, above all, it will not make it seem like you are taking away extra time.
Also consider the possibility of involving external professionals, such as coaches, consultants, facilitators, if you are unsure of your experience to develop an effective team building activity.
And, above all, always spread and support the importance of teamwork at work. A one-off activity does not produce long-term effects if these values are not promoted every day.