Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture, eventually boosting the bottom line. It can also be exciting and enjoyable if you do it with a little pizzazz. There are many different types of team-building activities: outdoor and indoor, competitive or collaborative. Let’s take a look at some benefits of team building activities and games at the workplace:
1. Lots of Fun!
Team building activities and games let the teams come together to have fun at work! Creating a fun environment between coworkers can help in so many ways- from reducing staff turnover and sick days to increasing productivity and, in turn, profits.
Happy employees are the ones most likely to be innovative and effective. Much of that begins with making work an enjoyable place to be. We are not advocating that you should turn your office into a sports arena. We need to get the balance right and ensure that we build in some time for fun activities and games that do not distract from core business.
2. Builds Trust
Team building activities can play a huge role in helping employees get to know each other better. They can learn from each other, accomplish a task faster without any hesitation and develop trust.
Teamwork requires a lot of trust and team-building games build trust fast. No team member can win a team game alone, so your coworkers come to rely on teammates’ help and expertise. When employees can trust and count on each other, they operate with a sense of freedom, leading to better results.
3. Increases Confidence Level
Participating in team-building exercises in a comfortable, non-threatening situation will help develop confidence in yourself and your colleague’s abilities.
Team building activities break up the monotony of the workweek by periodically inserting fun activities. Let them recharge so they can return to work refreshed and confident.
4. Improves Morale
When employees participate in different team-building games, they feel a boost in their morale. This happens due to two reasons:
They undertake something new which excites them and breaks the monotony. Your teams feel that you are caring for them as an organization.
Team challenges give employees a sense of solidarity and boost their self-efficacy. This sense of solidarity makes your team feel more invested in each other and their work. A boost in morale will lead to increased confidence in one’s efforts and other team members in the workplace.
5. Increases Productivity
Working with your team members non-stop leads to burnout. As the World Health Organization (WHO) defines it, burnout is “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
Setting aside time for team building relieves stress and re-energizes your team, which increases productivity and motivation at work.
6. Better Communication
Remember that an organization’s success depends on the staff’s ability to put their minds together and give their best to solve a problem. Many team-building activities let employees practice communicating while also giving your group opportunities to socialize outside of work. Team building games often break the ice and help members open up to each other. According to a study, socializing between team members improves communication patterns by more than 50%.