For many of us, the idea of “team building exercises” is one that brings mockery or even fear. The concept of “mandatory fun” and forced social interaction can be a negative for many people – so, why do people still insist on corporate team building events? The answer is because the positive far outweigh the negatives when done properly.
So many corporate team building events fail because they try to frontload leadership and corporate activities. Simply spending time as a group, sharing the same experiences and working for common goals, build that bonding, trust and connection in an organic, efficient manner.
When done properly, rather than feeling like just another day at the office, team building has real, tangible results. Team building can help break down barriers in communication and also how to better utilize both verbal and non-verbal forms of communication. Structured team building activities will identify leadership qualities in individuals and highlight areas where all staff can contribute as leaders. Team building programs can often identify barriers to positive morale and highlight strategies to create more fun and positivity in day-to-day work.
Team building can serve as a bonding experience, helping your workers feel more like a cohesive unit than a collection of individuals. It can help build respect, not just for each other but for the entire company and its direction. It can reinforce the values and vision of your company, helping improve the overall organization culture.
That’s a lot of benefits! It’s worth fighting through that initial worry about the forced nature of social events; plan the event right, and you’ll be reaping the rewards for years to come. WPI Events can help make sure your next big corporate team building event goes off without a hitch. Contact us today!