What is team building?
According to Wikipedia, the word team building can be defined as the following: ”Team Building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks.” That sounds great thanks, Wikipedia. We like to look at the word team building as the process of developing a group of people into a high performing unified team! We understand that in today’s modern society an organization that recognizes the importance of team work through effective cohesion within the group of employees enhances productivity! Don’t believe us, why not have a look at Google’s Corporate Culture? Why and how are they so effective?
Why should you opt for a team build?
The most successful team build is when the focus is placed on the team bonding together rather than being forced to ”work together”. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively. An example of this was when we took a corporate group away for a weekend getaway to our lodge…although admittedly a large portion of the success of the weekend can be attributed to the Spit Braai and Team Drinking Games. The outcome of the weekend away was a resounding success and it came down to how the team in question bonded as a unit. Stories were told, obstacles were overcome and memories were made…could there be a better way to re-energize your team?
Sir Richard Branson CEO and Founder of Virgin Group
”The key to set realistic customer expectations, and then not just meet them but exceed them – preferably in unexpected and helpful ways” So how do we do this? Well the first step, you’ve just taken, by finding and reading this blog. The second step is by looking at and assessing various team building options which inevitably lead to your employees being kept happy, motivated and inspired to deliver an exceptional customer service. Good service means return business and return business means higher profit margins.
Don't do the same old same old
Welcome to the 21st century where job satisfaction matters! It turns out that happiness and learning are tied very closely together. Looking at offering your employees new and exciting team building experiences generates positive attitudes, ”out the box” thinking and well, generally a great atmosphere in the office. Opting for something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage them to come together in new ways. An example of this is when a recent client of ours told us that the majority of their staff force is afraid of heights. Our solution? We designed a team building program underpinning, understanding and overcoming the emotional response fear gives you. By addressing what the word ”fear” means and by understanding the facts behind the task the teams were tasked with…fear took a backseat and the result was astonishing.
How to take the lessons learnt back to the office
The problem with most team building outings, generally speaking, is that team members have a blast on the day of the event and then very often resort back to their old mentality when the hype wears off. In the past, if we’re honest, this was a major set back for us and something we spent months refining. There is nothing worse than spending money on your staff giving them an experience you can be proud of only for it to fall flat on its face after the event. In our experience, we believe in repeat ”in house workshops”. The benefits of this are that all lessons learned, goals set and mile stones marked aren’t forgotten. We hold our teams accountable, we challenge them, we set new goals, new milestones and do regular checks to ensure that our team building programs are not only successful but impactful to your organization.
Tips to take back to this office
Ok so you’ve experienced a team build, there was laughter, maybe a few Instagram moments and most certainly a few stories to tell. But how do you go about ensuring that your team remembers those moments, the lessons learned and those goals set? Ever heard of a group huddle? Seriously…go grab 10 of your team members each morning for a month, before you start hacking away at your keyboard. Re-sing your team’s war cry and leave each huddle with a sense of unity and belonging! Did you know that in most organizations worldwide people spend more time with their colleagues each day than they do with their own families? Let your team become your family. A team who celebrates the small victories, daily and appreciates each moment as a unit will inevitably show a success.
Here’s another hint…this time write this down 😉 Share your life goals with your team! Do you dream about sun tanning in Bora Bora, or scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef? Perhaps you’re an adrenaline junky who enjoys parachuting into the Cave Of Swallows? The point is this, by sharing your goals with your team it allows for encouragement, fresh conversation and constant motivation! It’s a powerful way to learn about people and their dreams, as well as to generate ideas for future team-building activities.