Team Building in the Workplace

Team building is an important tool for the successful running of an organization and for bringing out the best out of your workforce. With rise in business competition, the pressure for high performance and efficiency has grown up, thereby making it necessary that the employees are able to connect to each other and work as a team to improve the overall productivity of the organization.

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An individual’s good performance is definitely desirable to the management, but that does not necessarily result into a great performance of the team or for that matter the organization as a whole. In most cases, the collective effort of the team is the primary determinant in deciding the success or failure of a project. For this reason, team building activities have become an essential tool in most professionally managed organizations.

Team building enables the employees to communicate effectively with each other as well as with the higher management. The employees are more understanding and helpful to each other and this eventually improves the overall quality of the work. The employees are more motivated and trust each other and the overall work atmosphere becomes positive. There are many activities that can be done to boost better team building in one’s organization.

Here are some team building exercises to enhance team spirit in your company and motivate better team performance:

Take feedback and surveys from employees to know and value their opinion. This also enables them to open up and speak their minds.

Move out of the traditional hierarchy mode and set up an informal work atmosphere. This brings all the employees at the same platform and they are able to communicate freely without any inhibitions and work without any pressure.

Organize fun activities like day trips and management games. Invite their families to such events. This would help break the ice between managers and employees and give them a sense of bonding with the organization.

Appreciate and acknowledge each other’s success and celebrate the team’s success collectively. Appreciating each other is the best way to win the trust and respect of each other.

Make use of team building related slogans in your workplace in the form of posters and captions. Here are some great slogans that you can use in your workplace:

“There is no ‘I’ in TEAM” ~ Anonymous

“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle” ~ Japanese proverb

“A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way” ~ Swahili proverb

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” ~ Henry Ford

Proper use of the team building activities can really help to bring out the best in the employees as well as the organization and can result in the success of the organization as a whole. These are simple measures that can go a long way to build a strong organization that is sure to take the business to great heights

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