Team building is an important tool which allows an employer to magnify the best qualities held by the collective group and to boost morale. The positive will most often have a ripple effect on company performance and an improved customer experience. Here are a few business tips when it comes to the etiquette of team building in the workplace.
Improves trust. Developing programs that make your teams dependent on one another is a crucial element in a growing business. The Houston Chronicle article, Trust Team Building Activities, has a few ideas to get started.
Breaks down barriers. Bridging the gap between leadership and employees is the goal. How can your office share a laugh and see one another in a different light today? Two Truths and A Lie is a tried and true exercise because it’s guaranteed to engage the staff and encourages laughter. The element of surprise adds to the fun.
Helps participants identify strengths and weaknesses. Not all people learn the same way, so try switching up the manner in which you present each new exercise. Some people do better with word of mouth instruction, while others excel by reading written instructions. Take note as different employees shine through various methods used to present the activity.
Motivates employees. By providing a platform for everyone’s voice to be heard, you will observe an increase in confidence levels. Recognize this opportunity as one for even the most reserved to speak up and take on new challenges.
Raises loyalty. One study showed that team building helps coworkers to be more united and employees more committed to their jobs. Increased morale translates into higher performance, a win-win for both the employee and the company.
Confronts conflict. Working together as a team to solve problems eases conflict and builds rapport. The end result is a collaboration of viewpoints and ideas that allow colleagues to get to know one another on a more personal level.
For more of my business etiquette tips, check out 5 Ways to Encourage Friendly Competition on The Huffington Post.