What are the Benefits of Team Building for your Business?

March 3, 2018
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Often, people consider team building as a bit of a ‘try hard’ activity and something managers and supervisors feel unwillingly forced to do.  The process is often seen as awkward and a bit of a waste of time. However, if you adopt this attitude, you overlook the extensive benefits of team building.

Providing that you plan activities correctly, team building can be an extremely worthwhile investment of your time. This article will outline the importance of team building and provide you with meaningful activities to do with your team.

Why is Team Building Important?

Team building has many benefits and, as a manager or supervisor, it’s important you embrace them. Some of the benefits are:

Better communication.

Good communication is essential for great team performance. Team building helps to break down barriers in communication, especially between management and team members. By showing you’re approachable, employees are more likely to come to you with any problems that arise.

Improved team morale.

When people begin to communicate better, it dramatically improves team morale. Moreover, it gives staff the opportunity to have fun and relax with their colleagues, which will increase productivity when they return to their work.

A better workplace culture.

Team building exercises help to break down barriers between management and team members. They also increase the level of respect that staff members have for each other. This helps to increase levels of trust, build better team relationships, and mitigate potential conflict. These all create a much better workplace environment.

Improved skills.

Team building helps to develop your leadership skills and makes people more aware of their team roles. Certain activities, such as those that require problem solving, highlight both individual and team strengths and weaknesses. You can then use this information to delegate appropriate work tasks, which will improve overall productivity.

Greater confidence.

Your employees will feel more confident to approach their peers once they’ve communicated with them. For example, a worker who’s shy and anxious about approaching new people will be more inclined to do so after talking to people during team building exercises. Staff will also feel more confident in their abilities and job role.

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 Types of Team Building

There are five categories for team building. These are:

  • Personality based.
  • Activity based.
  • Problem-solving based.
  • Skills based.
  • Social based.

Each category has different benefits. The types of activity will vary depending on the category you choose to pursue.

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What is this?

Personality based team building aims to recognise each member of staff’s personality type. All of your employees will bring different strengths to your team. While some people are more suited to being leaders, others are better matched to being creators or planners.

Understanding the various personality types is essential if you’re trying to bring an effective team together. Once you know the personality types of your staff, you can allocate people tasks that best suit their personality type. You should also discuss personality types with your team and develop the best ways for approaching tasks.

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What activities can I do?

Activities for personality based team building include things like personality questionnaires, surveys, or tests such as The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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What is this?

Activity based team building involves employees completing a series of activities and tasks. Often, teamwork is required from all members of the team to complete and succeed at these tasks.

The successes and the lessons learnt from these activities can be transferred back to the work environment. Furthermore, these activities create new relationships and a new level of closeness between colleagues.

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What activities can I do?

Activities for this type of team building are often outdoor pursuits and include:

  • Obstacle courses.
  • Climbing, such as a climbing wall.
  • Kayaking.
  • Orienteering.
  • Zip wiring.
  • Trekking.

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What is this?

This type of team building encourages people to work together and think logically to solve a problem.  The members of a group will receive the problem and have to tackle its challenges together.

This prompts team members to rely on each other’s qualities and play to each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

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What activities can I do?

Types of problem solving team-building include:

  • Board games – You could get staff to team up and play a game of skill, such as Articulate or Cluedo.
  • Situational based discussion – These can be entirely made up scenarios. For example, ask a team to decide what three things they’d need in the event of being trapped on a desert island.
  • Cup challenge – For this game, team members must work together to stack cups into a pyramid, using nothing but string and a rubber band. Team members must cooperate with each other to figure out what to do.
  • Escape room – Although these are out of your workplace premises, the benefits are worthwhile. People are placed in teams and usually have 60 minutes to work together and solve a range of puzzles in order to escape the room.

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What is this?

This type of team building offers employees workshops that help them develop certain skills. Employees are placed into teams to work on developing their skills, rather than left to develop them in isolation.

These skills are then used in the workplace and help to achieve the rewards mentioned previously, such as increased productivity.

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What activities can I do?

The types of workshop you could offer are:

  • How to positively handle criticism.
  • Ways of delivering feedback.
  • How to deal with conflict.
  • How to host effective team meetings.

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What is this?

Social team building encourages employees to interact in more of a social environment. This appears much less ‘try hard’ than other types of activity, and seems just like a social event.

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What activities can I do?

Some social activities you can do as a team are:

  • Go for a meal after work.
  • Go bowling together.
  • Attend a pub quiz.
  • Arrange a cinema trip.
  • Visit an activities centre such as indoor trampolining.

However, it’s important to bear in mind that everyone has different preferences. For example, not everybody drinks alcohol. Plan activities that will accommodate everyone.

We hope that this article has explained the benefits of team building. As a manager or supervisor, it’s important that you understand the importance of team building, and really embrace it.

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