What Are the Benefits of Team Building?
Businesses that take the time to develop employees properly see long-term benefits. Team building is one area of development that is easily overlooked. As a business leader, you can get many benefits from incorporating team-building exercises and activities into your company culture. Team building is worth the time and effort.
The main benefit of team building is to build trust among team members. This has the knock-on effect of improving communication and morale, and revealing strengths and leadership qualities that people did not realize they had.
Building Trust Among Co-Workers
When co-workers are forced to work on a project outside the scope of normal job duties, they relax and let their guard down. After all, no one will be fired for not solving the scavenger hunt the fastest. When walls are lowered, people engage in creative dialogue seeking solutions to the task at hand. Co-workers realize they are part of a team with a variety of ideas that can help solve problems. The result is greater trust among co-workers when they return to the daily office tasks.
Improving Company Morale
Team-building exercises are meant to be fun and engaging for everyone. Strange team-building exercises, such as building a contraption to catch an egg from a 2-foot drop without it breaking, seem funny at face value. However, the creative solutions come with whacky ideas, often laughter and a combined competitive spirit. These moments overflow into the work environment, giving people a connection and improving overall company morale. Great morale leads to improved productivity.
Team-building exercises are designed to force people to brainstorm about odd problems or talk about themselves in nonwork ways. The exercise forces people to follow the script and talk to one another. This has far-reaching benefits. Not only do co-workers learn more about each other’s talents and skills, they might also learn about their cultural history. This opens eyes as to why people might act or speak differently from one another.
Business leaders know that a diverse workplace where people respect others’ backgrounds and opinions lead to better communication and fewer misunderstandings or conflict.
Uncover Leadership Qualities
When you put a group of people together who don’t normally have reason to work with one another, you see natural personalities rise to the top. As a result, the wall-flower might need prodding to engage in the activity. It also allows those with natural leadership abilities to step up and take charge of the activity. Business owners can observe the type of leadership style someone demonstrates: authoritative, coaching or pacesetter. This helps business leaders see how to cultivate existing leaders better and mentor new leaders in the company.
Identify Strengths and Weaknesses
While doing daily activities, people stick to their respective tasks. This isn’t always a full picture of what someone’s strengths and weaknesses are. Team-building exercises help identify core competencies that employers seek in employees. Competencies include but aren’t limited to competitiveness, integrity, influencing, problem-solving and goal setting. Business leaders are able to identify these traits and use this information to build a strong team by investing in building up its people.
Thanks to Kimberley Leonard