Unfortunately, many employees tend to denigrate the idea of the team building exercise. You have probably seen this happen when your manager announces a weekend or an evening where the employees will be together as a group.
Inevitably, someone within the group will start to complain about the uselessness and the annoyance of having to attend this type of exercise. In this article, we will take a look at ways to make sure that the team building exercise works for you.
The first thing you and your co-workers need to realize is that despite the fact that they have gained a lot of attention over the past decade or so, group building activities are really nothing new.
They have been around for a long time; they have just taken on ridiculous dimensions in today’s work environment. For example, Christmas parties and other social gatherings for members of the work place are all forms of team building, they just aren’t touted as such by management.
Why Team Building?
The reason why offices and companies tend to hold different types of team building exercises is because, quite frankly, they do work.
They may seem silly or even counter productive to employees at the time, but once everyone starts to get involved they can actually become quite fun and there really will be an opportunity to create a greater cohesiveness with your fellow workers.
Keys to Success
The key to a successful team building exercise is for the group as a whole to show some enthusiasm for the event.
There are lots of reasons for employees not to be enthusiastic about a team building exercise, but the truth is that standing in the way of its success may actually get you in trouble with management. Team building exercises don’t just help good workers stand out, they can also help managers identify potential trouble spots on their team.
Being the loudest complainer is certainly a good way to get yourself fingered during a team building exercise (unless, of course, you can come up with a way to make the exercise work better, but be really careful here you don’t want a manager to think you have upstaged him or her!).
It might be that the team building exercise held by your company really is nothing to complain about. Really great ones may involve an activity that everyone truly enjoys and which goes off with no effort. However, even if this is not the case within your exercise, it really doesn’t hurt to go along and try to make the best of the situation.