Team building often has a bad reputation. In most organizations, if a supervisor mentions, “We’re going to do some team building!”, most employees will rerun episodes of The Office. It is one thing to see it on TV, but witnessing your supervisor channelling Steve Carell’s insanely awkward, try-hard leadership style is not as amusing.
Despite its reputation for being team building, it is the most crucial investment you can decide for your staff. It not only fosters trust, ease conflict, heightens communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team means more engaged employees, which is great for company culture and boosting the bottom line. It can also be venturous and lively if you do it with a little gusto flair.
THE STAGES OF A TEAM
Before you can focus on the aim of team building, you must first understand who your team is and where you are in the stages of team development.
Forming – The first stage is when your team is created. A work team is formed in order to achieve a common purpose. Two vital parts of team formation are getting to know your co-workers and becoming acquainted with your team’s purpose as you discuss and create mission, goals, and workflow.
Storming – As you might expect, the storming stage may be tumultuous as team members evaluate one other’s personalities, strengths, and shortcomings. It may be a smart option to participate in a team building programme during the storming period. It is critical to effectively complete this stage with a positive attitude toward your team members.
Norming – How will your team function in the long run? Do you recognise that there may be competition and disagreements within your team? Can everyone appreciate their coworkers’ qualities and weaknesses? It’s critical that you all work together to chart a course forward.
Performing – The goal of every team is to function as a high-functioning team with passion and direction. This occurs when team members have mutual regard for one another and set boundaries that respect one other’s abilities. It is critical that everyone has faith in each other’s skill and expertise.
Here are our top three ideas for team building activities:
Retreats – take your team out of the office for a mini break. Fresh air and a change of scenery can spark creativity and help renew energy
Upskill – book an educational session with professional trainers who can train your team something new in a fun and informative way
Fun – use fun, low pressure activities to help build trust and encourage your coach to get to know each other away from the 9 to 5 roles they associate with each other
Being able to come together again in person is crucial to really help your team reconnect after two years of disconnection and isolation. As much as technology has helped us to stay in touch and continue to work, screen meetings can have a negative impact on creativity and communication.
Most team-building tasks fail simply because they are one-time events that are completed and then forgotten. It is critical to keep the excitement going. The challenge is to find opportunities to link and interact in meaningful ways outside of regular meetings or presentations. Take a chance of townhalls, project check-ins and celebrating achievements through-out all levels.
Hotel Mountain Heritage, a boutique heritage listed hotel located in the heart of Katoomba provide the perfect location for a team retreat.
Get out of the city and enjoy a peaceful, elegant setting with first class food and spectacular views. Just a short drive to fantastic local attractions such as the Three Sisters and Scenic World as well as plenty of breath-taking hikes and lookouts to explore.
With flexible spaces for classroom or training sessions and break out spaces for indoor and outdoor activities, teams can also enjoy a relaxing wine in front of the fire or a scenic hike nearby. What a lovely way to get the team back together and treat them at the same time.