Team building gets a bad rap. When practices are contrived or dated or insincere, they fall short. When done well, team building may be the best investment a company can make for its employees. The key to successful team building in your workplace is making sure your team-building efforts are aligned with your unique company and the people who work for you. What works for one company may not work for another.
The purpose of bringing your staff together for team building is to build a stronger, more united team. You want to manage a team that likes what it does and enjoys coming to work and being with peers. Consistent team-building practices also seem to work better than large events held annually or semi-annually.
Benefits of Team Building
Effective team building has these wide-ranging benefits:
- Builds trust
- Mitigates conflict
- Encourages communication
- Increases collaborative spirit
- Engages employees with enthusiasm
- Helps boost the bottom line
- Enhances company culture
Some Fun and Effective Ideas
The possibilities are absolutely endless! Look at your team members and consider their state of physical fitness, personal passions and mental skills to help you develop unique team-building practices that your staff will be talking about for a long time.
Who doesn’t like chilling with a little game night or karaoke? Great opportunities to get your mind off the many deadlines back at the office while having some good old-fashioned fun! Jigsaw puzzles help keep the brain sharp. Outdoor activities like laser tag and go-kart racing gets the adrenaline flowing and gives employees a chance to satiate their need for speed. Canoeing, kayaking or tubing on a river offer an opportunity to relax and enjoy beautiful, natural settings.
Team Building Guidelines
- Schedule activities during work hours and days
- Consider volunteer efforts
- Foster collaboration vs. competition
- Make the activity accessible to everyone
- Get into a change of scenery
- Be clear about expectations
- Encourage employee feedback
You may have heard the phrase about an army marches on its stomach–meaning the food and drinks it ingests. Well, a business staff that has access to a great company break room stocked with nutritional, and favorite snacks and beverages is definitely well motivated to concentrate on work tasks for better project outcomes. And a company that eats together and does team-building activities together, is an employer’s dream.
Contact BostonbeaN Company in Woburn, Massachusetts, today to set up an account with us to provide quality food and beverages, including a variety of drinking water options to help keep your employees hydrated and focused. Ask about our entire line of coffee, tea and snack offerings by calling us at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739). Our company is dedicated to providing great customer service one account at a time by listening to your unique needs.