Team building is an essential exercise to ensure your employees build on their talents, learn new skills and bond with their colleagues. It’s also a good way of boosting morale when things get tough to take employees’ minds off of more stressful things.
For these exercises to be truly effective, they need to be a continuous process that becomes embedded in your team’s organisational culture.
When conducting a team-building exercise, it needs to have a clear purpose, for example, it could be focused on improving a particular skill and must be well designed to avoid conflict, boredom or be deemed a waste of time.
Getting Started: Identify Your Team’s Needs.
The first step is planning a team-building activity to identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ask the following questions to identify the root of the problem within the team:
- Are there conflicts between team members that are creating divisions within the team?
- Are some members focused on their own success, and is this negatively affecting the group as a result?
- Does my team need a morale boost?
- Do people in my team need to learn to work together, instead of individually?
- Does the team need to get to know one another better?
- Is there poor communication that affects the team’s progress?
- Are some members affecting the group’s ability to move forward?
Make Team Building Part of Your Culture.
It is wise to set up team building activities that strengthen the bonds within your team.
By making team-building part of your group’s mindset they will have something to look forward to and know that you have their best interests at heart. It’s also a good way to introduce a bit of down time for your team. Think about the team’s routine workplace activities, and adapt your team building activities to compliment this.
Get to Know Your Team.
Your team is a combination of people with different ambitions, personalities and needs.
By introducing activities that can help them bond better can lead to a healthier happier and trusting team.
Plan a get together such as bowling, dinners, or team nights out to boost morale. In times of Covid, this can be substituted by Zoom quizzes and games. There are easy ways to start to get your team members mingling and mixing.
You can also attend social events with your team to build relationships. People will open up more and reveal their personalities in a relaxed setting. This shows others that you can be a compassionate and empathic manager.
Working Toward a Common Goal.
Unite your teammates by inspiring them to get behind a shared goal or vision. Get them to work on a fun and different project together and try and put teams together that consist of people who don’t often work together. Make sure the destination is clearly stated to prevent individuals from pulling in different directions, which could lead to divisions and annoyance for some.
Developing Strong Team Skills.
Every team needs to develop the right skills to be competent to achieve team goals.
A skills matrix can help to audit your team members’ training needs, abilities and to match their skills to specific roles. This can open up possibilities and opportunities for them that they didn’t know they could pursue, and also shows you value their progression.
By matching your team members to the roles best suited to them and encouraging them to develop stronger skill sets can result in a more able and more motivated team.
Use team building exercises to boost morale.
Team building exercises can be an effective, useful way to address a particular problem or weakness. Although, poorly planned events can end up being pointless, boring, cringey for everyone involved!
Exercises that are expertly run and well thought out can identify weaknesses, enhance strengths and unite staff. They help teams to work more happily and cohesively and set your team up for success, as well as boosting morale at the same time.