Why Team Building Activities Are Worth It
Not all work on your business has to be serious. You don’t have to be sitting at your laptop all day to be productive. Although it might not look like it from the outside looking in, team building is some of the most valuable work that your team can do together.
Team building is an important investment. It brings people together, builds trust and encourages collaboration. Not to mention, it’s fun.
Fun…remember what that feels like?
Running and managing a business is hard work. Nobody denies that. But, it’s easy to forget that being a business owner is supposed to be fun. You’re in charge of your time and how you want to spend it.
My team and I had a bonding day recently, and it got me thinking that we should start doing team building activities more often. We went to an escape room, where we competed in teams for the metaphorical trophy. We had such a good time that we ended up going out for dinner and drinks afterward.
But I found myself feeling a little bit guilty about having fun. I felt like I should be back at the office working or sitting at my desk at home on my laptop preparing for the week ahead.
Thankfully, I came to my senses and realised I was working. I was working with my team. We bonded. And, when we got back to work the next day, everyone was pumped and ready to make a real impact on the business.
So, here are the top three reasons why team building is worth it!
Get to know each other better and socialise!
Whether you have a large or small team, it’s a good idea to spend some time getting to know each other better. Striking up a personal conversation any time other than lunch at work is almost impossible. Team building activities give you the chance to ask questions and socialise with your team members in a less formal environment.
You might learn that the quiet guy who sits in the corner is actually the life of the party once he steps out of the office. Or, maybe you’ll discover a team member has a unique hobby or personality quirk you never noticed before. Getting to know your team better and giving them the opportunity to socialise with each other is one of the best ways to build a productive team that enjoys working together.
It Fosters Collaboration and Teamwork
Learning how to work well with your team is important. Team building helps to promote collaboration between people that can lead to more creative ideas churning out at your next team meeting and a closer bond between team members.
Getting out of the office and working together to solve puzzles in an escape room, for example, encourages teamwork. After all, you’re not getting out of that room until every problem is solved. And, working as a team will help solve them much faster.
A team building activity that involves teamwork is a great way to bridge gaps between team members. It also helps to improve communication, so that when your team faces challenges at work, they’ll be more confident working together to resolve issues and find the solution.
Boosts Positive Energy at Work
You know that a team building event was a success when you return to work the following day and there’s still a ‘buzz’ in the office. And, this is exactly what you want to come from team building. You want positive energy at work because when your team is happy, and everyone’s got ‘positive vibes,’ it creates a productive workforce.
Try to keep the positive energy alive throughout the week by showing your team you appreciate their hard work. Celebrate achievements and personal milestones when possible. And, don’t forget to have fun now and then!
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