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5 Reasons to Engage in Corporate Team Building
By Andrew Long, August 8, 2012
There is a wide range of reasons why organizations invest in team building activities. These reasons range from building corporate culture and improved efficiency to - *gasp* – mending breakdown among internal relationships.
Then again, maybe you’re one of those bright-eyed, bushy tailed company leaders who are confident that their organization is a model of teamwork awesomeness. If you are, and if that happens to be true, good for you! However, I’m sure you’ll agree, there is always room for a little team bonding when it comes to maintaining the happy culture and day-to-day operating of your business.
To further support the claim that team bonding is healthy for organizations in all states of bliss, here are just 5 of many well-founded reasons why team building exercises are a worthwhile investment for your organization:
- Cooperation. Ideally, you want your team to be more than just a collection of people who complete their daily tasks side-by-side. Establishing a sense of cooperation among employees creates synergy and establishes a foundation upon which co-workers learn to trust one another – work team aspect that is particularly important during challenging times.
- Commitment. Building a mutual sense of commitment to the common goals of the organization is not just helpful to a company, it’s crucial. Employees working together as a team build commitment to ideas and plans because they have ownership of those ideas. When a team is involved in a project together, from the start, team members are more likely to be committed to the ideals the project (and company) represent.
- Creativity. Everyone needs some creativity in their lives and two (or more) heads are better than one. A group of people are more likely to come up with creative ideas and solutions to problems that might otherwise never cross the mind of an individual working on his or her own; particularly a group of people on the same wavelength – aka – a team. With the ability to collaboratively brainstorm and bounce ideas off one another, the possibilities are limitless.
- Necessity. To be frank, an office is an environment in which folks who would otherwise likely never cross paths, nor want to, are brought together to work in close proximity. It’s difficult for people to converge in a new group and immediately adopt the capacity to work together fluidly, or at least effectively. Team building allows colleagues to get to know one another, evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly earn each other’s respect.
- Success. Team building it vital to the success of your organization. Simple as that.
The dynamics of team building are geared toward achieving better understand and increased team effectiveness. Not to mention, a sense of team motivates individuals to deliver their very best effort if for no other reason than to not let down one’s teammates.
So what are you waiting for? Round up the troops and get out of the office – it’s time to get team building!