Team Building: A Case For and Against

We all need a bit of a lift sometimes.

If you manage a department or work within one, you’ll know how important it is to keep morale high: it can play a key role in your productivity levels and job satisfaction.

So how exactly do you put together an unstoppable team of employees ready to take on any job, no matter the size? Well, I can’t guarantee you’ll turn them into Power Rangers, but it might be worth trying a few team building exercises.

The Case for Team Building

Team building is a great way to motivate your employees. Whether you take them for a game of bowling to keep their competitive spirits up, or out for a round of cocktails to get those spirits in, team building events can help people get to know each other better on a social level.

Try not to do anything too competitive, though. You don’t want to create any unnecessary rivalries which may leak back to the office!

The Case against Team Building

The other side of the coin is that some see team building exercises as a little ‘cheesy’ or passé.
Managers often worry that team building exercises do not achieve long term goals; it is simply a fun day out that is quickly forgotten by employees.

The Verdict

Simply put, team building done well, works well.

Investing in an event that actively involves all members of your team will boost morale, communication and team work.

My key tip is to look for a team building exercise that pushes creative thinking in a relaxed environment and provides the opportunity to see people in action outside of their traditional work roles.