June 14, 2022

On Workplace Team-Building

Let’s talk about positive team building. Think of it, what do you really know about those working alongside you?

Nabih Haidar

Do you know their strengths and their weaknesses? Are they visual learners or do they learn best in practice? Are they autonomous, or do they thrive in collaborative environments?

We often call colleagues our teammates, yet how often do we go through team building?

On Positive Communications

Trust is an essential component of productive and effective teams. Teams who trust one another tend to achieve better results, as they have a belief that their peers will act in the best interests given the situation at hand.

When teammates have confidence in others’ abilities and decision-making, this leaves less time to be attributed to deliberations and reviews, making the workflow streamlined and efficient.

Teammates who trust one another also understand one another as capable and autonomous. This increases efficiency while promoting collaboration.

A team that understands the conditions which help members thrive, as well as areas of deficiencies can thus better manage resources and implement more efficient processes.

Team building additionally improves communication between team members. An engaged team will communicate on matters relating to tasks and obligations, and discuss optimal courses of action in an open, honest, and constructive manner.

Positive communication pave the way for quicker results: it helps employees better understand their individual roles and their obligations, giving them better insight on their role and contributions. Furthermore, they remain in the know regarding what their peers are involved in, allowing them to oversee progress and provide help if need be, creating an inclusive work environment.

Between Inclusion and Learning

A team willing to learn from its members implies a team that includes its members.

Inclusive workspaces are quickly becoming the norm within the professional realm, as well as a defined part of shifting candidate expectations. Inclusivity entails the implications of team members in operations, as to make employees feel a part of something bigger than the individual.

A team that works together learns together.

Motivated employees will want to take their career to the next level, and they will look to learn from those around them to accentuate their growth. Inclusive teamwork allows for newer perspectives to be brought to the forefront, adding fresh inputs into the conversation and allowing the room for learning.

When working alongside their colleagues, employees can draw on their personal experience to contribute, all the while absorbing knowledge from the experiences of those surrounding them. Team members share and learn; culminating in a novel, improved, and adapted perspective.

Working together furthers employees’ social and professional skill sets development. Collaboration leads to employees gaining a better understanding on how to work alongside a team, how to divide tasks, how to effectively communicate, and how to positively contribute towards a common goal.

A Little Competition Never Hurt Nobody

Taking part in certain team building activities can help in bringing out the competitive side of employees.

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The competitive aspect of these exercises give an extra incentive to perform, which in turn relates to better communication, problem-solving discussions, collaboration, team spirit, and inclusivity.

Taking part in activities will bring team members closer to one another, as they will gain a better understanding of how to work alongside one another.

Happy Teams, Happy Workplace

The recruitment industry now sees enterprises in competition over candidate attraction and retention, and the talent has become the center of the attention.

Your team is a reflection of your enterprise’s culture, as an engaged and stimulated team reflects an organization which cares for its employees beyond professional settings.

When candidates research employment opportunities, they often look for reviews from current and former employees on their employment at the organization. Negative company reviews will often dissuade candidates from continuing in their application, just as positive reviews will incentivize them to apply.

Furthermore, partaking in entertaining team-building activities serves your Employer Value Proposition (EVP). Your EVP is a compilation of the different propositions which you present to your employees, as it defines what employers can offer those who work at their organization.

Employer Value Proposition (EVP) and what it includes

A positive company culture opens the door for growth and success. This is true for the employees as well as the enterprise itself, as success of one translates to success of the other.

When an enterprise with a positive culture grows, its members feel like they are substantial contributors to this success. Engaged teammates share a sense of belonging towards the organization, and they understand the enterprise’s success as an extension of their own.

A positive culture allows for employees to shine. Through best practices and team building, employees begin to feel comfortable at work, allowing them to feel more confident in their abilities to take risks and execute.

When an enterprise gives to its employees, they give back to the enterprise. Employees will reciprocate the care put in them in the form of effort and determination, which in turn leads to better results and consistent growth.

Parting Thoughts….

Team building activities can largely benefit your team and your organization’s success.

Engaging your team in stimulating and entertaining activities allows them to learn how to communicate better, while also teaching them about one another within a fun and competitive environment.

Employees will recognize your efforts, and will reciprocate in the form of heightened performance levels and a determined attitude. This allows the organization to achieve successful results, all the while your employees reach new professional heights.

Keep in mind that a fun team is an attractive team. You will stand out amongst your competitors, and your positive brand will translate to faster recruitment, a better social perception, and an increase in revenues.

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