We have all seen this scenario in movies or on TV: A teambuilding exercise among peers (high school, corporate world, gym class) where a person is asked to fall backward and the group of peers is instructed to catch them. Hilarity ensues when the person falling…falls to the floor.
Good for the goofball, bad for the team. And even though this scene is supposed to be funny, there is possibly a kernel of truth that in today’s world, the level of trust among peers, co-workers, or students does not always exist.
Turn that around at your small business. Focus on teamwork, and you can really build strong working relationships within your organization, developing your team into a high-performing machine.
There are many ways you can make this happen:
- Onsite. Bring in a team development expert. Upfront, you’ll meet with a consultant who is experienced in team-building. Have them get to know you, your company, and your goals, and any pertinent information you plan to bring to the session. Exercises can be goal-based or light activity to forge better camaraderie.
- Offsite. Some businesses opt to take their team away from the distractions of the office and head to a hotel conference room or activity center. No phones and no texting allowed (except for sanctioned breaks). Focus is placed on the exercises at hand so everyone is equally involved. Encourage your team to really give this a chance as group activities are proven to foster better working relationships.
- Fun site. If these ideas don’t sync with your company strategy, then go a simple route. Friday morning donuts. Mid-week pizza. Monthly pot-luck lunch with a food theme (such as different countries’ cuisines). Some companies bring in guest speakers, adding a lunch-and-learn aspect to the meetings.
Monitor activity to see how these exercises increased productivity and boosted morale. Revisit these “H.R.” goals frequently and adjust as needed to ensure that your team is operating at its highest performance.
However you choose to bring the team together and work toward a common goal, the end result will be a group that has forged closer bonds.
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