Managing a team is not a one time event and is something that you need to face as a challenge, every day at the workplace. It is also one of the most important duties of a manager and higher management in any business. A well managed team is able to work together, effectively and efficiently.
Any team in any line of work, needs to work together if they are going to achieve the goals of the company. None of the team members can exist in a vacuum. All team members are indirectly or directly dependent on each other. So it is important that a team not only works together but also works better towards a goal.
Team building activity and team building exercises have proven as excellent ways to get the team to bond and get them working together towards a goal. There are several ways of building a team, and a team building activity or exercise, is one such effective way to get the team onboard a common goal.
Work productivity refers to how much work an employee is able to do in a given time. How closely do team members work together can affect the work productivity of team members a lot. Find out how team building activities can increase work productivity and be beneficial for your business.
- 1. Get The Team Members Up and Close With Each Other
A team is like a family and this family needs to work together. For a family to be able to work together and better, they need to know each other well enough. A team building activity ensures exactly this. The daily work environment doesn’t give the team members much chance to get to know each other personally. But, during a team building session, everyone is in a more relaxed mood and it’s easier to get to know each other. Knowing the team members better, helps in the team working together. They get rid of any inhibitions and preconceived notions and work better together.
- 2. Comfort and Open Communication
As is common knowledge, open communication between team members is very essential along with a certain level of comfort among all team members. Team building games and activities open the route for open communication among team members and also gets the team members comfortable with each other. For increased work productivity, open and effective communication is very important among all team members. Effective communication ensures that the team members are able to resolve issues and face challenges together, which automatically results in a higher work productivity. An employee facing a work challenge all alone, without any assistance will lead to a prolonged or no resolution. Whereas, the same team member taking assistance from another team member will lead to the challenge being overcome quickly and effectively. However, to achieve this, it’s important that team members be comfortable with each other and have an open communication. This can be effectively achieved with team building.
- 3. Break
A team building session also acts as a great break from the monotonous work life. It brings all the team members together for a fun session of activities and games while also bonding with the team members and working together. A break that a team takes together, will ensure that all members of the team come back to work refreshed and rejuvenated, together. So this will lead to all members of the team working at the same pace after a good break and hence increase productivity. Research has supported the fact that employees taking a break at regular intervals have higher work productivity, so why not take the entire team on a break, together?
A team building session could range from the team members travelling together to indoor activities. There is a diverse range of team building ideas that you could choose from, depending on the time and budget that you have set aside for team building. Most of the successful companies with high work productivity have some kind of team building efforts in place and it has resulted in higher work productivity, so it’s definitely worth a try for your business as well.