Once you have built a team and established a common objective, you will need to develop a plan to achieve your objective. If you think getting people together in collective support of one goal was difficult, making them work together is even more of a challenge.
Teamwork requires cooperation and sharing of knowledge. Because a group has people of varied personalities, skills, work attitude, and personal agendas, getting them to work in harmony can be difficult. However, Team Building Exercises can help bring members together in cooperative focus on goal achievement.
No team succeeds upon the contribution of only one person. If you have already successfully built a team, it means your group members are aware of their individual responsibilities and that collective work will help them achieve larger objectives. However, you must understand that your group is, after all, made up of a group of strangers who have little connection with each other beyond the walls of the office.
Team Building Exercises will in fact, help establish that ‘missing link’ between your team members by establishing cordial relations that will help increase work efficiency and strengthen the team.
To understand which team building exercise is best for your team, conducting a personality test session of your team members is recommended. Consult your research and development wing on a suitable corporate personality test and insist your group members take it. Individual personality test results will assist you in deciding which exercises will best aid your team-building goal.
There are two kinds of this exercises: Outdoor Activity and Indoor Activity.
Outdoor activities focus on team building outside of the office or work arena. Indoor activities focus on building employee relations inside company premises. Outdoor and Indoor activities can also be combined to enhance employee experience.
Types Games: These include puzzle solving, board games, mime games, song and dance games, indoor golf, passing the parcel games, musical chairs, 3-leg racing, bobbing for apples, dart games, treasure hunting, etc. The idea is to have fun and break the ice between employees.
Social Events: Cocktail parties, dinners, lunches, dance parties, and picnics are perfect social events to bring employees together. To keep these events strictly social and encourage free mingling, the management often exempts itself from these kinds of celebrations. Employees are free to do, as they want without the watchful eye of the management.
Workshops: Training programs, problem solving activities and skill-based workshops will produce effective results. Workshops are not only educational, but they bring employees closer through discussions and awareness of the other’s job profile and how it will affect or be affected by individual performance. Such awareness increases responsibility and ownership of individual projects.
Other team building events include charitable events, awards functions, client meetings, customer forums, feedback and appraisal sessions, and project-based discussions of related departments.