When Is Team Building Said To Be Successful?
Over time, managers have recognized the value of its employees. As such, they are focusing on ways through which they can keep their workforce happy and satisfied at all times. One of the means through which they are accomplishing this is team building – one of the hottest trends in the world of business. In as much as organizations are embracing this useful tool, the question is — when is it said to be successful? While it’s nice to promote team building games in the company, care must be taken to make sure that they are successful.
Clearly defined objectives
If you don’t know where you are going, you can follow any path. The end results are always disastrous. When organizing a team building event, say a scavenger hunt, clear objectives must be set from the word GO. What do you aim to achieve with the activities? The goals set should be SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. A good human resource manager takes into consideration the input of other people within the firm. The objectives should then be presented to all the members of the team to ensure that they are all on the same page.
Open communication lines
An effective team building program must have in place communication mechanisms between the team leader and the members, as well as among the members. There must be consistent communication in the form of status reports, newsletters, emails and regular meetings. Such mechanisms help the team members to remain up to date on the accomplishments and what is yet to be done.
It must allow interaction among the team members
Another key feature of a successful team building activities is that they should encourage members of the team to take suggestions and ideas from others into account. Such activities help the individuals to trust and support their colleagues and also engage them in decision making. The right team bonding activities encourage the team members to be tolerant of the existing differences among themselves while being prepared to try fresh ideas they suggest.
The commitment of team members must be guaranteed
For team building activities to be termed as successful, it must encourage members to work towards consensus on the decisions made. Every member should be allowed to share their perceptions, opinions and feelings with the rest of the team members. In case of a problem, the individual team members must be willing to take ownership of the situations and then find solutions rather than engage in blame games. Successful team building activities promote the need for members to solicit feedback on their behaviors so that they can improve.
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We know how important your time is, and that you want your team to be successful. Let us help you with that, and we’ll make sure your team building event will be successful as well.