Importance and Benefits of Team Building Activities
On Purpose Adventures’ article ‘6 Reasons Team Building is Important’ describes the benefits of team building activities and why those benefits are important for your company:
“The success of a business depends on the relationship between the employees and the management. The main reason for team building is to build trust and instill confidence in employees. Through team building activities employees feel free to interact with their employers and in doing so gain a sense of belonging within the organization. Team building boosts staff morale thereby increasing motivation.
- Promotes Healthy Communication
People gain an increased sense of satisfaction with their job when they feel like their input is welcome and respected. By creating an atmosphere where junior members of staff can let their guard down and communicate freely with superiors, as peers rather than employee/employer, team building instills a sense of empowerment that carries over into the workplace. Open communication in the office is invaluable.
- Increases Collaboration
Team building activities build a robust and effective bond amongst coworkers who may at times blame each other whenever a problem arises in a shared business project. The relationship between workers helps in increasing collaboration of workers during daily activities of business. The desire for cooperation is essential in building an effective team.
- Promotes Healthy Competition
In the workplace, competition is a good way to propel individuals to higher productivity and discourage complacency. Team building will make the game healthy and make a below average person work hard to achieve and exceed expectations.
- Removes the Tension
People come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their personalities and cultures. Small incompatibilities between them can escalate if not handled in the right way. This can result in detrimental reactions to the tension such as absenteeism or the dreaded workplace drama. Team building activities help employees relate to each other over the things they have in common rather than their differences and helps them to appreciate the positive aspects of each other while respecting their differences.
- Develop Leadership skills
Some more reserved personalities may not at first have the confidence to step up and lead when they are surrounded by more “alpha” type personalities. Through team building activities the employees are grouped together in various ways which allow each person an opportunity to develop their own leadership skills.
- Generates Rapport
Having a group out together will instantly make them want to know each other better. The games organized ensure that the teams are talking to each other and fostering mutual appreciation.
Team building creates a friendlier and healthier working environment which is beneficial to the employees and the company.”
Industrial Panel Solutions team members recently participated in a team building activity at The Escape Omaha. Our room’s theme was ‘Uptown Murder’, which involved using clues, items, puzzles, locks and pictures to solve the murder within a one-hour time frame. We are proud to boast that we solved the case in just 35 minutes!
This activity required a lot of collaboration and effective communication while allowing our team members to observe personality traits, leadership skills and communication techniques of others that had not been experienced before.