Team cohesion has been one of the main areas for improvement within companies over the past few years and team building is a valuable tried-and-tested means for developing and fostering team spirit. In this article, we go to the heart of this concept in order to understand its impact and effectiveness and to bring you team-building ideas to get the ball rolling.
What is team building?
As its name suggests, team building is used to form a strong team, by forging solid working relationships and strengthening cohesion within the team. The aim of team-building exercises is to break down barriers and reinforce ties between co-workers, helping them to get to know each better. Fun team activities are a way to allow employees to let off steam and relax, providing an environment conducive to collaboration, where team spirit abounds and employees can work (have fun) without pressure and in synergy.
Why organize team-building activities?
To improve team spirit
The human capital of a company is one its highest costs but it translates into a tremendous wealth. Strong team spirit increases the feeling of belonging, boosts motivation, and improves communication and the workplace atmosphere, everything you need to retain talent in your company!
To bring problems to light
Understanding the sticking points in the dynamic of a team is crucial. During a team-building activity, each person can share their feelings, express their point of view and air their doubts. Sharing among colleagues is essential as many will have the same problems and difficulties but will be reluctant to voice them. The idea behind team-building problem-solving activities is to listen and analyze what happens during the activities in order to understand the factors affecting the team’s dynamic.
To develop collective intelligence
Team-building activities for work are designed to develop collective intelligence over the long term. Simple team-building activities strengthen ties, simplify and generate communication, and stimulate creativity. Team members feel free to express themselves individually and to collaborate within the team without barriers or apprehension. Synergies between colleagues and skills are optimized.
To communicate informally
A different environment promotes a different way of communicating. Corporate team building breaks down barriers and levels out hierarchy. Effective communication injects the human element back into exchanges and collaboration. Corporate culture radiates through the activities, subtly uniting co-workers around the same values.
What’s the best way to organize a team-building event?
Irrespective of the size of the budget, there is no reason why you can’t organize team-building events yourself. You just need a time and a place and a touch of creativity to find fun activities to revitalize and strengthen the team spirit.
You can also ask a coach to facilitate, someone who will be more familiar with the organization of team games and will know how to lay emphasis on the importance of the cohesion of the team members in the quest for success.
The third option is to call on a professional organizer or a specialized agency. Team-building companies will create team-building days or sessions tailored to your specific needs, based on the number of participants, the aim of the event, and your corporate culture. You can buy an all-inclusive unifying and fun professional event.
Don’t forget that such an event takes up time, not only in terms of organization but also your employees’ working hours.
Low-cost team-building ideas that guarantee success
- For food-lovers: a group cooking and tasting class.
Using a recipe, each person has a role to play in order to create a selected dish and a good time is had by the team as a whole as they share in the tasting of their final masterpiece. Just like in a company, each person has an assignment and there is a common objective. Only by working together can they achieve success.
- For sports fiends: team sports
Personal limits are challenged and exceeded and colleagues cheer each other on.
- For those who thrive on competition: paintball
To win, team members need to coordinate and communicate. But not being the winning team doesn’t preclude having fun.
- For the more strategic: the escape room
Each person brings something different to the table in terms of strengths and analytical spirit. The winning combination of the individual team members’ knowledge and logic is vital in the race to solve the different puzzles and riddles of the game and succeed in breaking out.
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