Many companies have of recent starting to invest in team building exercises, enabling their employees to develop their skills whilst bettering the most important asset that every company has – its personnel. Studies have shown that the long term effect of these exercises is very beneficial and strengthens the bond between fellow workers who in normal circumstances only interact over work related issues. Team building is essentially an investment which enhances the capabilities of those who make the smooth running of every company possible.
The fact that even government entities and departments have embarked on this project is a breath of fresh air, and slowly but surely the effect is being felt throughout. It is a well-known fact that most civil servants are reluctant to change, having inherited procedures from the predecessors of their predecessors, many of which are archaic and impractical and definitely not in line with the fast pace that the world works with today. Teambuilding is helping in no small way to slowly break this stigma and open the doors to new ideas which can be smoothly introduced in our governmental offices. Irrespective of the size and the entity of a company, the positive effect of team building knows no boundaries. Up until a few years ago it was unthinkable to close the office for a day and take your entire staff on a teambuilding exercise as it was deemed not cost effective. Luckily managers have started to look at their employees in new light and have become more sensitive to the notion of how valuable human resource is.
Workers themselves are sometimes wary of leaving the comfort zone of their desk, their grey trousers and tie and engage into something that they are not really sure of in front of colleagues that they do not really like. But that is the point of it all. It may take some time to break the ice, people might feel awkward and the games might look silly at first, but Rome was not built in a day and once the first turf is cut, then the process will become smoother and even the grumpiest and conservative of employees might find themselves enjoying the whole process.
Competition between different offices in a department is a common occurrence and sometimes this competition can get nasty. Such exercises can help build bridges and enable “rival” offices to understand each other better, getting to know the needs and the priorities of others within the company thus increase positive communication and collaboration eventually leading to effective teamwork and improving efficiency.
Bonds forged during teambuilding will naturally have unmitigated success on the place of work and the effect will be positively contagious. Better understanding of colleagues will automatically increase productivity and reduce clashes between co-workers.
Having said all this, one cannot expect that one team building exercise will solve all the problems within a company, and this practice must become a common occurrence not a one off event that will eventually fade away in memory.
Owners, managers and team leaders must consider these event days as an occasion to get to know the staff on a personal basis and identify their strengths and the weaknesses to eventually deploy them in the role that suits them most, gives more job satisfaction and ultimately delivers more. Being a good leader means having the ability to listen, disseminate and identify potential and these teambuilding practices are a perfect opportunity for all of these.
No matter how hard a person’s skin might seem, everyone appreciates being valued as a human being and not just being considered as a number.
Creating a sense of belonging is imperative to move forward, if the management is able to bring the best out of its employees than it is natural that the employees will do their utmost to promote the company and be proud to form part of it. Investing in employees is the wisest thing a company can do. Machines and computers can be replaced in a minute, a good employee is irreplaceable.