Team Building Exercises
At some point in your career, you have probably been involved in some type of team business exercise. Whether it was attending a weekend retreat or it involved you and some of your co-workers learning to rely on one another during an afternoon meeting, the goal was likely the same. Regardless of whether you actually enjoyed the experience, the important question is what you took away from it. Once you returned to the office, did you implement what you learned or did you go back to the same behaviour? Far too often, many team building exercises are planned without any real thought or goal. The activities are simply seen as a way to take a break from the office, but once back in the workplace, many employees fail to utilise any of the lessons they learned.
Planning is important
Without a solid plan in place, team building can actually be a waste of time and resources. When planned properly; however, team building can provide your employees with the chance to truly learn to rely on one another and become a more cohesive, productive team. In the process, your employees can take advantage of the opportunity to develop critical strengths while addressing weaknesses that could hold your company back from accomplishing important objectives.
What type of team building exercise should I use?
There are innumerable team building exercises that can be used to address an array of issues. One of the most traditional team building exercises is the survival scenario. The goal of this exercise is to improve communication skills. As the team learns to work together to survive the scenario given them, they also learn to work together as a true team. Eliminating labelling and stereotyping is becoming increasingly important in today’s business world. The Stereotype Party is a fun team building exercise that works well for medium-sized and even large groups. Name-tags are used for producing various personality types. The tags are then pinned to the back of each participant so that each person can see everyone else’s tags but not their own. The goal is to determine which personality type is on your back by asking questions. Only yes or no answers are allowed.