One primary business principle championed by great companies is an emphasis on building a corporate atmosphere of “team” and “teamwork.” The logic behind promoting this team building idea is quite simple: people who like their jobs do better at their jobs. The combined effort of those who care about their work is reflected in a much more productive company.
While most major corporations have PR departments that promote the idea that their organization provides the best, most rewarding working opportunities and conditions. The real nature of the company’s attitude to employees becomes quite obvious to most employees within the first month. It’s usually far different from the promising statements made by the HR department when they were being on boarded.
Consequently, an employee who works at a company that keeps its word about the quality of the working environment is quick to appreciate their good fortune. A company that treats its employees well will begin to innovate, resolve problems faster, and win customers over. As a result, it will prosper.
So how do you go about creating a more employee-friendly business?
Team Building Ideas
Here are 3 suggestions on building teams:
1. Organize in-house conferences
An in-house conference is a way to provide career level development opportunities in a company. It enhances communication, teaches project planning, shares organization principles, and gives those who attend a better understanding of their own roles and the help they can expect from their colleagues. Naturally, it’s always a good idea to invite industry keynote speakers to interject fresh ideas and to enhance the event with a mobile conference app that energizes attendees to connect and interact, learn together and share their experiences. Using tech for immersive interaction at a conference can also be used for virtual panel discussions, real-time feedback, and organizing group activities.
2. Create team-building experiences
While company picnics or working on a community volunteer project are common ways of helping employees get to know each other better, these aren’t exactly team building activities. For an activity to be considered team building, participants should play a more active role. For instance, it’s difficult to be aloof and unaware when playing in an inter-department softball league. It’s also possible to raise the ante even more by creating exciting outdoor activities like kayaking, mountain climbing, camping or hiking. Sharing a thrilling adventure together creates bonding and camaraderie.
3. Shared meals, shared life experiences
If you really want to create a sense of family, then nothing does it better than a shared meal. This could be a breakfast meeting, a BBQ in the park, a happy hour get together, or a formal dinner. People open up over food and drinks and everyone begins to share a little more of their real personality.
Why Team Building Matters?
These ideas, of course, are only some sample suggestions on how to build team spirit, and an executive brainstorming meeting will undoubtedly create many more practical ideas.
However, there is no point in trying out a few ideas to build team spirit if there is no clear understanding about why it’s important in the first place. After all, it takes time, effort, and money to make it all work out.
With that in mind, here are 3 reasons why it’s essential to the success of your business to create a higher level of engagement and cooperation at all levels of your organization:
1. Disengaged workers
Many businesses fail to fulfill their potential in their industry not because of the poor quality of their products or services and not because they have no idea how to run a business. They remain mediocre because the majority of the people who work there feel disengaged.
2. Poor performance
The aggregate result of a disengaged workplace is low productivity, poor quality work, and lack of innovation. Despite providing competitive wages and investing in corporate training to improve job skills, these companies experience a high turnover rate.
3. Low morale
Ultimately, team building is all about creating morale. When the company is facing higher level issues or problems they should not be spread out across the entire team. Morale declines sharply when people are not sure if they will have a job for much longer. Morale can also decline if management is too demanding, trying to make examples of out people in front of everyone, or is simply unwilling to take feedback from employees.
A team is truly a collaborative effort top to bottom, everyone matters! Some of the best ideas come from the ground floor because those are people most involved with the day to day of the company. When morale is high people want to come to work! The phrase “if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life” is definitely true, and even if you don’t like the actual work but enjoy the company you are doing it for, everything gets a lot easier.