They’re nothing new, but if you have yet to schedule a team-building event for your employees, you might be a bit skeptical of the benefits. After all, your team spends every day at work together, so that should be enough, right? Actually, it’s not.
From navigating a ropes course together to gathering for weekly lunches as a group, team-building activities can have a tremendously positive impact on your staff. Without this little push to connect, many of your employees will essentially remain strangers.
5 Benefits of Team-Building Exercises
Strengthen Employee Bonds
Employees can only learn so much about one another by sitting in neighboring cubicles and attending the same staff meetings. Getting out of the office helps them bond on a personal level. When they get back to the office, they’re more comfortable together, which makes work more fun and helps them feel more comfortable approaching people with questions, comments and concerns.
Each person on your staff has a unique communication style, which can make it hard for people to relate to each other. Inside the confines of the office, this can quickly send tensions soaring, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Team-building events help people overcome barriers keeping them on different wavelengths. They’re able to develop a better understanding of different communication styles, so they can return to the office with the tools needed to interact effectively.
It’s hard to trust someone you barely know, but team-building exercises really bring people together. Some activities specifically work to establish trust, but even those with a broader agenda still help people learn more about each other. Trust is essential for a truly effective team, so taking the time to build it outside the office is well worth the effort.
Increase Job Satisfaction
Employees want to work with people they really know and respect. Job satisfaction levels surge when staffers are given the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a more relaxed setting. Team-building activities create the kind of tight-knit workplace that’s fun and rewarding to step into every day.
No one wants to feel like just a number on a staffing roster, so employees really appreciate companies that invest in them. People want to work for an organization that cares about their happiness and well-being. Unfortunately, many companies don’t fit this bill, so when they find one that does, they stay put.
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