The Benefits of Corporate Team Building
Team-building activities are designed to energize and inspire a corporate workforce. Employees can benefit by experiencing the value of teamwork, the problems caused by a lack of clear communication and the sense of accomplishment in completing challenging group tasks. Discussing how activities and games relate to the workplace can help employees return to the office with a new set of communication and problem-solving skills.
Team-building activities emphasize cooperation over competition. To succeed, the group must work together. Team-building does not test physical abilities or intelligence, and no one can win at the expense of the others. This is not to say that individual strengths and weaknesses do not matter, but in team building, participants learn to better identify and use individual traits to achieve a common goal.
Talent Team-building activities emphasize the participation of each member of the group. Often, however, the employees who take charge at the office continue to take charge during the team-building activity. An experienced team-building facilitator can place a limit on the take-charge participants by declaring that they may not speak or by blindfolding them in the context of a game. Limiting certain players gives secondary employees a chance to display their own talents and leadership skills. But imposing limits in this way is not always necessary; the novelty of the team-building activities themselves are often enough to shake up existing roles and expectations.
Many team-building activities highlight the difficulty of communication and reveal just how easy it is to be misunderstood. Once participants experience this for themselves through one of the many hands-on communication activities, they often begin to communicate more effectively. They might, for example, make an extra effort to provide clear instructions or ask questions instead of making assumptions.
Solutions to many team-building challenges are not immediately obvious. There often are multiple ways to achieve the stated objective, allowing teams to try multiple approaches to a problem. These activities are designed to promote creative thinking and help participants gain the confidence to share creative or risky solutions to workplace problems.
Trust and Respect
An experienced facilitator carefully plans the sequence of any team-building program. Activities start off simple and steadily progress to more challenging group activities. This progression allows trust and respect to build slowly and naturally over the course of the program. Back at the office, increased trust and respect can result in increased collaboration and may raise employees' expectations of themselves and their coworkers.
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