Once a month, our team tries to do some type of team building activity. In the short time that I have been with the company we have done two fun activities; Painting pots for Earth Day and bowling at the local bowling alley. Both activities allowed me to get to know my colleagues a little better, which in turn has helped me to understand them on a more personal level. For any team to operate successfully and as efficiently as possible, it is important to understand each and every part of the team and how each person ‘works’ individually as well as together.
I am a firm believer that team building activities are important for the success of a company. I have worked for companies that do not strive to promote team building and in turn the team fails at being just that: A team. Each person ends up working individually and from my personal experience, negative outcomes quickly rise to the surface and become visible to the customer.
Some negative outcomes that you may notice with your team, could be:
- Lack of communication between teammates
- Duplication of work being completed (due to lack of communication)
- Employees strengths not being utilized
- Decrease in employee’s job satisfaction
- Decrease in company morale
- High turnover of positions
- Employees with high levels of stress and frustration
Think about a school of fish which is made up of individual fish, swimming together, as one unit.
In order to keep your team (or company as a whole) working as one fluid unit, I recommend taking the time to plan a fun activity or team building exercise for your employees to participate in. At first, the employees may shrug their shoulders at the idea but when everything is said and done, they will be happy that their employers took the time to think about their needs and allowed them to have fun, while at work!
Just as there are many cons to not utilizing team building, there are plenty of pros which outweigh the cons:
- Noticeable increase in communication
- Work is being completed efficiently and effectively
- Employees strengths are acknowledged and utilized
- Increase in employee job satisfaction
- Increase in company morale
- Reduction in turnover
- Employees are less stressed
- Building relationships
- Team bonding
- Employer appreciation
The list could continue to go on and on, but the items in the list speak for themselves. The goal of every company is to be successful and in order to achieve that goal, you must take care of your employees so they can help you reach the level of success that you wish to attain.
If you are looking for a fun activity, which won’t break the bank, consider taking your employees to a local bowling alley to relieve some stress and have a little (or a lot) of fun!
Why bowling? For starters, most employees will have probably bowled at some point in their life and if not, it’s an easy game to learn! In addition to being fun, bowling can also be enjoyed at practically any age which is great for any team that has a team of employees whose ages range from older to younger.
If you’re looking for other team building ideas and activities, you might find the following sites helpful and informative:
Just remember: HAVE FUN (like we did in our video!!)