The Benefits of Team Building Activities
It is a well-known fact that we all remember and learn by doing – far more so than by reading or listening. The hands-on approach of our team challenges is designed to make people work together and EXPERIENCE the power of teambuilding in problem solving.
Team-building ranges from pure fun to specific in-depth training programs.
A company will benefit from using a good quality team-building day in several ways. It is people getting to know each other, it is people spending quality time with each other, people getting a chance to learn about each other. It is people using all their resources wisely. If you do not know what resources people have, how can you use them wisely? In a day to day situation you are so busy doing what you do, perhaps fire-fighting or just barely keeping the in-tray down to a manageable level, you don’t have time to learn about other people, you don’t have time to find out what skills they have, it may be that you could do what you do normally, better; you could do your job more effectively if you had certain input from other people or maybe if you even swap roles within the team.
This is what team-building allows. Time out to specifically develop team skills, team building with opportunities to demonstrate and develop new skills. Going to the pub, having a pizza together, playing pool, going bowling this is team building but team building by chance. A team building event with a specific purpose or outcome is at the other end of the scale. With a facilitated team building day, the participants will learn how to be more effective, efficient and achieve results while at the same time having lots of fun. The Result: The Company will make instant benefits. If everyone makes one change, or 1% change, then the cumulative figure will hit the business with a bang!
“No sportsman has one lesson then knows it all. He must practice, gain experience and look for feedback. He will revisit, receive coaching, upgrade skills, service old skills and make sure he is developing accordingly. Others will be developing, so if you are not moving forward you will lose. There is no standing still in sport or business”.
When there are specific goals you wish to achieve, a WorkRfun recommended facilitator will link the experiences of the day to your business.
Typical team building learning objectives include;
- Outstanding Teamwork
- Group-Profile, Appreciation
- Communication skills
- Beneficial thoughts and behaviours
- Winning Ways
- Planning and negotiation
Many of these offers greater value when backed up by the chance to test the new ideas out on practical activities in a safe environment.
Team Building is usually putting a new team together, getting to know new faces and generally building up a strong positive approach to working together
Team Bonding is taking an existing team that should already work together effectively, however for many reasons don’t!
Team Development is taking an existing team that already work together well, however the time for change has arrived and further team development training needs are required.
Benefits of Using a WorkRFun Recommended Team Building Facilitator
Skilled facilitation brings out the issues the client wishes to concentrate on and helps the group to learn by building on collective knowledge and experience. A major benefit of team building involves learning to tap into inner potentials that may otherwise be rarely used in day to day life.
Team building activities help the participants to:
- Develop and Improve Communication and Listening Skills
- Enhance and Inspire Creativity
- Motivate Mentoring and Teamwork
- Promotes Innovation and Constructive Feedback
- Encourage Motivation corporate team building
- Define Leadership Abilities
- Identify Rapport and Empathy
- Generate Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
- Improve Coaching Skills
- Commit towards a Winning Attitude
- Increase Stress Relief
- Build Trust
- Motivates Relationship Building
- Focuses on Achieving Objectives
- Learn to Effectively Deal with Change
- Team building activities are fun, engaging and memorable for all participants. They will promote familiarity between the delegates together with an understanding of their own limitations and a clear realisation of professional development enabling:
- You to create a team that works well together
- Members of the team complement each other’s work
- Skills, time and resources to be used to maximum effect
- The team achieving far more than even the best individual
What you EXPERIENCE, you WILL remember…….
“Team building has a component of fun and interest as it allows social cohesiveness to develop. As the saying goes “The key elements in the art of working together are how to deal with change, how to deal with conflict, and how to reach our potential … the needs of the team are best met when we meet the needs of individual persons”.
Some objectives of team building activities:
- Real decision making
- Working within time and resource constraints
- Improve problem solving situations creative indoor problem-solving tasks
- Improve communication skills
- Improve managerial and leadership skills
- Identify strengths and weaknesses within teams and organisations
Team building improves communications, it break-down barriers, reduces conflict, improves critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It also fosters healthy competition while working toward common goals. By recognising and appreciating everyone’s contributions, team building activities help you to get to know each other better, focuses on team members’ strengths, commonalities and diversity whilst having fun!
Team Building gives you a sense of fulfilment, purpose, less stress and more time to enjoy the things you love to do. It accelerates acting on changes, focuses on what you want, make changes more efficiently and more effectively. It also helps to set better goals, helps planning, provides structure, make choices that are right for you, be more successful, become more motivated and inspired thus helping to motivate and inspire others.
Benefits of using an Outside Team Building Provider
If you’re in HR, you’re known to be in HR; that’s what you do for the business. So obviously you have certain criteria for success. You pick people for jobs, you move them around jobs, you pick promotions, pay-rises and so on, so if that HR person is then running a team-building exercise, you often find that the participants are wondering what is going on. Is there a hidden agenda? Am I being assessed for a job or am I being assessed for a job I may get? Is there a hidden agenda that I don’t know about?
It may not even be obvious to people, but they’ll get that feeling.
If you bring in somebody completely from outside, the slate is clean so that an outside facilitator can ask questions, even the dumbest, most obvious questions, however…. they come clean and it’s amazing what people will tell them and what people will share.
There’s also inevitably no hidden agenda, people don’t know them, they don’t know how to react; it’s a different situation. There’s no history for example with an outside facilitator, whereas with an HR Director or an HR Manager, there is….
Maybe they get on well, maybe they don’t. So an event run by outside facilitators, certainly with the guidelines of the HR Managers, because they know about the company, and that’s vital, the external facilitator holding hands in a professional fashion, with the HR Manager, will get an excellent result, no question about that, but on the whole I don’t suggest internal people run sessions because if your mate or your colleague is running the team-building session, you’re likely to do what you’ve always done – you’ll act in the same way because you’re used to that person, you know how to respond to that person.
So, you’ll do what you’ve always done, and you’ll get what you’ve always got. If you want to get something different then you’ve got to do something different. You’ve heard it before, but it’s true.
So, spend the money, invest in Team Building and make the difference. Not doing team building may cost you a great deal of money…….
The main mantra for a successful business is to have good teamwork.
Among other targets, a company aims at:
Building a good team
Working together as a team
Achieving together as a team
While these are important to achieve, yet not many know the secrets behind effective team building. It is not just about bringing a team together and thereafter giving them a common goal that must be achieved. It is about making each member a part of the team more than being an individual.
12 factors that contribute to successful team building
- Setting clear cut expectations
- The team members must understand why they have been put together. This implies that each team member should be aware of the skills they contribute towards achieving the target set for them collectively.
- The team members should be made to feel committed to achieving their goal.
- The team should collectively feel competitive enough to achieve their target.
- The team has to collectively charter a plan in order to work towards their target.
- Each member of a team should feel as empowered and in control of the goal, as the others.
- The team collectively needs to understand the function and objectives.
- The team members have to be aware of their priorities and should have open communications with each other.
- The members of the team should feel motivated towards initiating change and bringing newness to the organization.
- The team members should be ready to collectively shoulder responsibility and share the credit of achievement and blame of failure.
- There needs to be coordination for a team to be effective.
- There should be readiness to accept change and challenges among the members of the team.