Why Team Building Is The Most Important Investment You’ll Make — Anthony S. Glover

When team building is mentioned, some think of it as a positive activity, meanwhile, some think that it’s a waste of time. And why wouldn’t they when it’s probably another excuse to force employees to like working with one another? I recently read an article published by Forbes, titled Why Team Building Is The Most Important Investment You’ll Make, by Brian Scudamore. “Team building has a bad rap.”

“Despite its reputation for being, well, lame, team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.”

Therefore, to form a positive team-building experience, there are some ground rules to follow when it comes to planning.

  1. Don’t force the corporate stuff

“The most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office.

“Spending time together, sharing an experience, or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.”

2. Ditch the company picnic

“Trying new things with your staff can generate good vibes among employees, which in turn benefits the business itself. Choosing something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage them to come together in new ways.”

3. It’s not a splurge — it’s an investment.

It’s not about thinking about how much an event would cost, but more importantly, how it affects your team’s spirit afterward. When employees have a great great experience with something they’ve never tried before or afford, they are most likely to look forward to the next team-building event.

“This stuff isn’t fluff. You don’t have to bet the farm on fancy, expensive trips or experiences, but don’t skimp either. Be willing to make a real investment.”

4. Keep that positive energy going at the office

“Most team-building falls flat because it’s a one-time activity — done and then forgotten. It’s key to find ways to keep the excitement going. The challenge is creating opportunities for people to connect and interact in meaningful ways, outside of regular meetings or presentations.”

In conclusion, when you have happy employees, productivity, loyalty, and job satisfaction will be at their all-time high.

Read the full article here.

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