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Building cohesion within your team is a fairly crucial part of corporate life. As you know, team building is the best tool for this purpose. It’s easy, most of the time requires minimal costs and has huge benefits. But if you think about it more, you realize that maintaining a continuous team building is far more difficult. In this purpose we will give you a helping hand and examine team buildings in a not-so-orthodox-way. So what is it that the other team building-related articles don’t tell?

 

Unlike most of the team building-related articles, we wouldn’t like to simply put out some team building ideas and let you go. Instead, we want to give you a far more professional aspect of it. That being said, from now on we’ll launch every two weeks an article about team building activities. In these articles we’ll not only suggest an activity, the specifics (number of participants, time etc.) and how to carry out; but also, we’ll show which skills of your employees can be improved by that activity. This is our first, pilot article in this series.

But as always, let’s start from the basics: what is team building by definition and why is it beneficial to have it frequently?

 

Terminus technicus: team building

It’s never easy to define a phenomenon correctly and even an easy thing like team building is not an exception. Even if we’re not scientists, we tried to find the right words and create a proper Battlejungle-definition.

In our words:

Team building is a process, when a group of employees of an organisation (or groups of organisations) interact with each other during a game, event, or any kind of organised activity. During this process a group of people can become a real team, in which the members communicate more efficiently, with less stress and work with enhanced effectiveness.

So we know why we do it. What are the benefits?

 

Why is it beneficial?

These sessions can provide numerous benefits to your company – most of them may sound familiar and evident, but some of them might come as a surprise:

  • better atmosphere at the workplace
  • better interconnectivity
  • more effective teams
  • better and more ideas
  • more innovative ideas, which can lead to game changer ideas
  • less stressful employees
  • more motivated employees
  • decreased rate of fluctuation
  • happier employees
  • better employee retention
  • supports employee branding
Team building fun

Lesson 0: 12 tipps to maintain continuous company team building activities

Finally, let’s talk about how can we maintain team building activities frequently. The aim is to make it a habit and make the co-workers organise them proactively in the long run.

  1. have 1-2 unofficial employees who always initiate a program
  2. have a good start: it’s crucial to have a huge momentum at the beginning – pick a game, which almost everyone loves doing
  3. communicate it effectively – time, place etc.
  4. have a public leaderboard and manage it continuously
  5. always go for relatively lot of participants – with time this number will increase thanks to the herd-effect
  6. take memories about the events – (photos, videos, certificates, badges etc.) and share it with the other employees
  7. have various types of games – zero diversification will make it boring
  8. choose the games wisely – suit them to your employees’ types, for example: if they find chess boring/too challenging, pick table tennis instead
  9. don’t force team building events
  10. collect feedbacks – was it good? If not, why?; Would you like to do any other games instead?
  11. have both indoor and outdoor team buildings – bigger emphasis on the latter
  12. find the balance: too many or too few occasions are both bad

 

Summary

Most of the times team buildings are considered a piece of cake to arrange, carry out, have fun and make photos of it. For the first time it’s indeed easy – employees are enthusiastic, motivated and open. Unfortunately, most of the times the planned activity ends here: everyone waits for the other to organise next the event. Result: nothing happens, maybe rarely from time to time. In order to have frequent and fruitful team buildings you have to devote yourself to this purpose and use the tipps we listed in this article. Team buildings are undoubtedly profitable, have minimal costs and they’re always fun. With little investment you’ll get huge benefits in the long run.

 

Do you agree with our lists? Share your thoughts about a fruitful team building session in the comments below! 🙂

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  • You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation however I find this topic to be actually one thing which I think I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward on your subsequent post, I’ll attempt to get the grasp of it!

    • ambrusz

      Thank you for your comment! We agree that this topic is indeed more complex than it might seem, this is why we started only with the basics. In the following posts we’ll “open this box” and go deeper in its layers. Stay tuned for our upcoming posts in this topic – we hope you’ll find them interesting!