The team building activities are the activities that will build a positive work environment between the employees and the management as well as between the employees. The team building activities are conducted to enhance the relations between the employees and also to build a positive relationship between the employee and the firm. The firm conducts such activities to do something different from the routine, to create a relaxed atmosphere at the workplace. Team building activities also create different qualities among the employees about whatever task has been assigned to them, they should complete it in a team. It shows how an employee behaves during a team activity. Leadership quality is majorly observed over here. The secret to building a great team is to recognize that the whole must be greater than the sum of its parts. Overall, team building in the workplace enables better communication, better relationships and ultimately increases productivity.
The team building activities are conducted taken into consideration the following notes -
• Identify the need for the activities
• Clarify the goals of the activities
• Design the activities
• Identify success measures
• Winners declaration
• Consolidate your results
Identify the need for the activities - The HR identifies the needs of the hosting any activity. Various team building activities should be conducted by the firm once in every 8 – 10 days. It happens in an organization when employees are completely tired of the routine works and tasks. So, conducting such team building activities will help the employees to opt something other than their schedule. It will help them to think something different. Keep the activities light so that it will not even create pressure on the employee. Such activities create open communication between the employees and also between the employees and the management team participating. Employees will become more confident. Team leadership and team building go hand-in-hand. Thus, it will definitely develop leadership quality among the employees.
Clarify the goals of the activity - Why the team building activities are needed to be conducted? If this question is answered, then only you can go for the decided activity. Don't just conduct the activity for the sake of conducting it. Have some goal behind performing the activity. Look for what the employees will also appreciate. Go for some creative activity that will force the employees to think something out of their normal routine. Team building increases the trust factor among the employees. While going for team building activities, no discriminations should be done between the tasks assigned to the boss and the colleagues. A good team-building activity should have at least three goals.
Design the activity - Now, this is the most important part of the activity. It is a very fun part to decide which activity should be performed. Don't take lengthy activities. Take into consideration some short and fun making tasks. Shortlist the activities that will be more enjoyed by the team. Search for the activities that will help you to achieve the goals stated above. Take suggestions from the employees about the various activities. The activities should be anonymous. Keep it surprise for the employees. It will be more fun if they are told on spot to do something. It will check their presence of mind quality.
Identify success measures - While conducting the activity, make sure that everyone will get an equal chance to come forward and show-case. There should not be a hierarchy in performing the activities. Anybody can be called first. Rather, keep at the center such employees that are not generally noticed. It will boost their confidence. Make the activity fun. Fun moments will increase the interest of the team members. If it is noticed that all are enjoying your activity then definitely the activity has been successfully completed.
Winner declaration - Now, most important step, winner’s declaration. Always conduct activities as a minor competition so that there will be a little positive fight between the employees. Arrange for some small gift vouchers for the winners. Rewarding the employees will make them curious about the next activity to be performed.
Consolidate the results - It involves the summation of the entire task that has been performed. Don't just miserably conclude the activities. Check for whether you have achieved the expected goals. Also, whether employees are satisfied with the activity conducted. Ask for small feedback from them. Also, ask them for further suggestions. Check if all the candidates have actively participated. And, if any of your goals is not satisfied, then look for some additional things to be done for the next activity.
Take a proper follow-up of the activity. Note the various challenges you encountered while conducting the activity. Look into the matter that if any of the employees are not being noticed. If any of such scenarios is being noticed, then it is to be majorly corrected. Keep in mind to bring forward such employees. Look for the overlaps and the contradiction that you need to merge for the next time. The results of the team building activities will not be limited till the activity session; it will give the company the employees which they wanted for various positions. The activity will show the team that who has leadership quality, who has artistic skills, who has more presence of mind, etc.
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