As the late Steve Jobs once said, “great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people”. In times where most businesses tend to devote all their energies in focussing on needs of their client, they tend to overlook their most important asset in achieving success, their employees. Corporate days out in Leicestershire is not just a way to raise your employee’s morale, but also your way of making your employees realise how valued they are in your organisation. Creating a team spirit amongst your employees will ultimately benefit your business by delivering more focus, efficiency and success.
Keys to Successful Team Work
- Common Goals– The team should understand their goals and be committed and focused on attaining them. It is vital that your team of employees are in agreement about the common goals and objectives. As the team becomes aware of the overall objective, it provides individual employees more clarity on the ways in which they can contribute in order to achieve the specific objectives within the team set up. This clarity is reinforced when the business has specific expectations for the team’s goals, accountability and outcomes.
- Creating a positive atmosphere– It is important to create a positive atmosphere in your workplace where members of a team feel comfortable making decisions, advocating positions and communicating with each other without any fears of being punished or reproached for their actions. This creates an atmosphere of trust between members of a team.
- Open and Honest Communication– Individual members of a team should work in an environment where they feel confident enough to share their thoughts, express their opinions and offer their solutions to problems that the team is encountering. People should feel like their opinions are being heard and understood by their co-workers. It is important that team members look to have open and honest communication with each other rather than say forming arguments when another team member is voicing their opinion.
- Strong Team Ethic– Team members should feel a strong sense of commitment to the decisions or actions taken by the team. This kind of mentality is reinforced when team members spend more time with each other and develop stronger relationships with each other.
- Each Member is Unique– Each member of the team should feel valued about their knowledge, point of views and opinions to contribute. After the all the main point of forming a team is assimilating different points of view to counter a single problem and thus find a unique solution to that problem. Is there any other point of approaching projects or goals with a team? So it is important to ensure that each member of the team feels that their contribution is respected and appreciated.
- Creativity and innovation- Creative and innovative viewpoints should be encouraged and not snubbed. Refrain from using expressions such as “what a dumb idea that is” or “we already tried that and it did not work” when responding to an idea put forward by a team member. Such replies will only dent the morale of your team member which in turn could affect the team chemistry.
- Introspection- The team should be able to examine and improve its processes, practices and interaction with fellow team members. Team members should feel free to discuss team norms and factors that could be affecting their progress in achieving their goals.
- Agreed framework of actions- The team should have previously agreed upon practises for analysing, diagnosing and resolving problems or conflicts between team members. Team members should not look to pick sides during an argument and instead strive to mutually resolve disagreements and problems through open communication.
- Participative leadership- Participative leadership should be practiced in assigning tasks, leading meetings, recording commitments and decisions, providing guidance for the team and holding team members accountable.
- Taking decisions together-Members of the group should have the support and encouragement of the group to make decisions together and then execute them.
What Is Team Building?
Team building is a process of converting the mindset of individual employees into a close-knit team, a group of people motivated to work for each other to meet the demands of their customers by accomplishing all their goals and purposes.
Daily interaction between co-workers when they carry out their responsibilities can be considered as a team building activity. Team building activities can also involve exercises or outdoor activities that your employees can lead.
The advantage of having a ‘team first’ mentality in your organisation is that your employees will actually want to work for you and not for anyone else. This makes team building a smart and positive investment for your business.
Advantages of Team Building
- Improving Communication Between Team Members
Team building activities intend to create discussion between team members which enables open communication between your employees. This will improve the quality of relationships between co-workers which in turn will benefit your organisation.
- Promotes Creativity
By taking your employees out of the office routine and challenging them in an open environment you force them to think outside of their normal comfort zone. Working together in a competitive yet fun environment will spark fresh ideas and ignite creativity in your employees which can be great qualities to bring back into a workplace.
- Develop Problem Solving Skills
A crisis is never far away in a work place. Team building activities require your employees to work in cohesion which can improve their ability to think strategically and rationally. Teams that can anticipate potential problems and work together to resolve them, can be relied upon to deal with a real workplace crisis.
- Breaking Barriers Between Employees And Management
Team building can be great for increasing the trust factor with your employees. In a corporate set up you will often find a disconnect between higher management and employees because your employees will always sense a considerable gap between the two. Team building activities provide you with the platform of being seen as just another employee in the eyes of your employees instead of being the boss. This can create a stronger sense of loyalty towards you and your organisation which can be great for team morale.
Team building activities can give your employees more confidence in expressing their opinions. The more comfortable your employees are in expressing their ideas and opinions, the more confidence they will gain which can then bring back to the workplace. This will motivate your employees to take on tougher challenges.