Team Building in the Workplace
Traditionally, team building in the workplace has not been a
top-priority for organizations. While the attention was focused on
or serving clients, the tendency was to neglect the most valuable
asset; the human asset, employees.
However, with the
organizational environment becoming more and more demanding
competitive the need for team building has become appearant and
imperative. Team building in the workplace is vital as it
enables better communication, better relationships and
ultimately increases productivity. Valued, respected, motivated
employees commit themselves to go the extra mile to meet and exceed
The key to successful team
building in the workplace is the two Cs approach: Consistency and Commitment.
Team building is not a
simple one time activity or an event just before the
It is is a process that requires an integrated, holistic
order to develop and maintain healthy teams and healthy organizations.
Start with some basis questions:
- Purpose: Does
has a clear purpose of
existence? Does it have clear realistic goals? Is everyone in the team
aware of expectations, plans and their roles to make it happen? Is
there any ambiguity in their job descriptions and their
- Big Picture: Is your
of where they fit in
the organization? Do they have a shared a vision and a shared purpose
- Resources: What
resources are currently
available to your team? Do they know how to access and use them? What
other tools are they missing?
- Communication: What
communication systems are in
place? Is there a two-way communication between the manager and team
members? How do team members communicate with one another? Is there
openness and transparency? How are the decisions being made?
- Enthusiasm: Are your
members excited about they do? How do they deal with hurdles
and failure? Do they
Plan Action for Sustainable Team Building in the Workplace:
Facilitate the creation of goals
and objectives that all team members
share. Through the facilitation process identify and elevate
common interests, talents, ideas etc.
This way you
are facilitating a shared path that leverages
talents and strengths. It makes everyone part of the
solution and it makes the team function as a unified,
well-oiled group. By exploring and elevating common
grounds you are
creating a resource-base of expertise and talent
for your agency.
the individual: On top of facilitating a healthy
relationship with your
team as a whole, you also need to build relationships with the
team members. The relationship with each of them will be
different, but always equal. That involves you talking and listening
and coaching everyone differently, based on their skills, needs and
possibilities. And remember by addressing the team as a group
commonalities, but by addressing the individual you are addressing
the extraordinary in people, the unique talents and gifts. This gives
small wins: Managing a few small wins
for your team members
increases their sense of worth and self-esteem. As they
successfully they become more confident and more skillful. This feeds
positivity and brings more
Nurture creativity: By
stimulating your employees creativity you are opening the door to
amazing innovative ideas, plans, visions etc. De-formalize the
Don't just brainstorm a meeting to seek diversity of thoughts
and solutions. Grow it, spread it, allow everyone to
share their thoughts and ideas as often as they wish. Don't just seek
diversity, seek uniqeness. Trigger their
inspiration. Set-up idea boxes, give out idea note pads etc.
Recognize the value of their input.
Make them owners:
with them, plan with them,
visualize the future with them. Transfer leadership to
them, empower them. This is the ultimate stage of a successful team
building process; building self-managed teams, building leaders. Click
here to learn more on how to empower
Tips for Team Building in the Worplace:
- Always root
for your team!
- Keep boosting
their morale and energy!
- Be there for
- Be honest with
Team Building Activities
Team building is so important that many MBA and masters degree
in organizational leadership programs have incorporated team building
education into their programs.
Building in the Workplace > Team
consider themselves a work in progress
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