Why CXOs are looking at team building for improved organisational performance?
As a business leader or a CXO of a large organisation, a cohesive team of employees are imperative to your success. According to Inc. Magazine, most business leaders find high-performing teams critical because "people must work closely together, wear many hats and work effectively across the organization to get tasks accomplished quickly enough to remain competitive." Because teamwork is so critical to a business' success, team-building activities are vital.
The basic mantra of today’s business that I have personally heard from many of the CEOs I have worked with is “we have to collaborate”. Collaboration in the workplace is a sign of effective team as it harnesses the best out of two or more individuals together. Efficiency is an essential part of a team and an important aspect of the workplace. Workplace collaboration will keep everyone safe from extra load of work as the work gets distributed evenly
When you have team collaboration you will always see positive results as the biggest fears of checking whether the teams are able to perform together will be eliminated. Working in teams makes employees more responsible and it also raises their motivation level.
A Chance to Open Up
Team building interventions provides a perfect opportunity for teams to open up to each other. It also highlights the confusions and ambiguities that they have. It gives organisations the opportunity to know how your employees feel about their workplace.
As a leader, if you already know about confusions or barriers of your team members, then try to implement the activities that help your people to open up to each other. Make sure that a pleasant space is created for the best coordination and comfort.
The more traditional type of team building would include a whiteboard, some “getting to know you” questions and, inevitably, some form of role play. These days, team building activities have become a little more exciting.
Effective team building needs to keep employees interested, motivated and most importantly, having fun. Fun and physical team building activities are much more likely to spawn camaraderie and keep people eager to reach their goals and complete challenges than something that are set in the same office they work in.
Why should you invest?
At Learngage, having worked with over 100 clients, we observed that 30% of our clients consistently year-on-year had an organizational approach towards their employees learning new things and from each other’s successes and failures.
Be it a leadership development initiative or a communication skills training – they wanted us to create micro forums to bring varied talents together, making a pool of different skills and knowledge where more competent and experienced people are brought together with newbies.
Using team building activities to improve teamwork and collaboration just might be the ticket to creating a unified workplace. If you are mulling about a few, here are a few amazing benefits your business could enjoy:-
1) Fixes issues with communication
One of the biggest roadblocks of a perfectly functioning team is communication. A lack of communication can be the main cause of team breakdowns and team building activities can be the best answer to communication problems. Choose an activity that forces your team members to listen carefully to their colleagues in order to complete a challenge.
Treasure hunts, Building Blocks and Landmine kind of games for example, require a small team to work together in order to work out clues and follow directions. Adding in a competitive edge can further increase the need for seamless communication.
2) Breaks down silos
With so many different personalities mixing within a small space, tensions can start to rise. Bringing opposing people together and giving them a task that they then have to share and work together in order to complete, could help break down those barriers.
If you are already aware of conflicts within the team, think about how you could bring those people together in a relaxed environment and how they could use their strengths to work together.
3) Develops new skills
Any team building activities will help to develop new skills. Be it volunteering to be a leader for an activity or a CXO learning from his own team member, it can help those quieter members of the team as well to break out and improve their leadership skills, or those with leadership potential to further hone their communication skills.
The biggest developments usually occur within leadership skills, creativity, problem solving skills and communication skills. It’s only with all of these working together, that team members can complete their assigned challenges.
4) Identifies strengths and weaknesses
For a leader or for an L&D head, team building activities can help to identify strengths and weaknesses within the team that may not have been noticeable before.
This time also gives businesses the opportunity to iron out any weaknesses that may be causing an issue within the team, and allow you time to plan how to move forward. Your team may work better with a restructure; this is the time to identify that issue and figure out how your team could function more efficiently.
Taking some time out of your normal working day can not only help to build the relationships within your team, but it can also give your employees a much needed break.
Breaking the monotony of everyday tasks can act as a reset for your team, allowing them to take time to relax and refresh their minds.
Effective team building activities are all about putting your employees in a position that forces them to work together effectively. Most importantly, it can create stronger employee relationships, resulting in a more pleasant, relaxed and efficient working environment.