We have certain expectations about team building. We host annual events, we try icebreakers, and we work on trust falls and ropes courses. You may have also noticed that not everyone in your company is enthusiastic when you announce the fun and exciting activities that will help build the team. What if there are other ways to increase teamwork among your employees and create a successful environment that will boost profits? Before you plan your next team-building activity, consider these alternative strategies to enhance and improve the relationships among your employees.
Don’t spend a lot of money.
Good news for employers. Team-building exercises don’t have to cost a lot of money. So, you can stop short at booking the expensive whitewater rafting excursions or long weekend retreats. Instead, focus on local, inexpensive activities that will encourage your team to participate and bond.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’re doing it with a smile. Positivity is contagious and if you’re feeling it, everyone else will feel it. At the same time, if you allow negativity to seep in, such as saying things like “I really hate icebreakers,” you’ll create an environment where your team will be less than enthusiastic about the activities.
Recognize different viewpoints.
It’s also important that you recognize that different people within your organization will come from different angles or generations. It’s not a flaw when everyone in your company likes hiking but one person would rather stay indoors. Instead, try to pick activities that will meet all the common denominators.
Develop professional relationships.
Whatever it is you choose to do for your next team building activity, make sure it focuses on developing relationships within your office. That is the sole reason for these types of activities, so that needs to be the primary motivation. You need to create a team environment where everyone is happy to engage with one another and not feel forced or rehearsed.
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