Team building exercises encourage communication, camaraderie, and connect people who might not interact on a daily basis. While some businesses may dismiss team building activities as unnecessary, team building is important to every business, large or small. It builds relationships between co-workers, encourages employee growth and builds leadership skills while encouraging everyone to work together as a team, maximizing their output. Try out these ideas and watch your employees grow.
1. Cross-department problem-solving
Even a small business can have cliques, especially between departments. The next time your company faces a difficult decision, try an activity that will break down communication barriers and get ideas flowing. For example, pair up employees from different departments with different skill sets and ask them to brainstorm solutions to the problem. You’ll end up with fresh ideas, they’ll end up feeling ownership of those ideas, and everyone ends with more appreciation and respect for their team members.
2. Do some good
First and foremost, community service helps a worthy cause, earn your company free publicity and encourages goodwill in the community you serve. It also provides a common goal for your employees and creates a sense of pride in their own work as well as your business.
3. Find something fun outside the office
Team-building activities don’t always need to be structured. Even getting your employees together outside the normal working environment for dinner can be beneficial. Find a way to encourage interaction and they may find each other far more interesting than they imagined.
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