Retaining good staff can be quite a challenge to most companies. The workplace has now become more competitive than ever and organisations have to think out of the box to inspire and motivate not only their star employee but their whole team. Bonuses and commission based earnings are often great ways of retaining staff but team building events are also fun ways to bond with your team. Team building events give you the opportunity to offer high impact training to help increase the skills of your team at the same time as improving morale and helping your team bond. Often the workshops within a training involve working in teams and employees will gain a sense of achievement working as a group to complete a challenge. This increased sense of communication and improved problem solving are skills that can be used to advantage in the workplace as teams return reinvigorated. In turn, organisations will benefit from these events and will see a rise in productivity and as a result, an increase in profits.
In all organisations, at some point or another, you will find groups of staff will work against each other, human nature means that there will always be individuals that don’t get on. Also, departments might simply not come into contact and therefore may never have had the chance to get to know each other. That’s another benefit of running regular team building events, they help break down barriers and encourage understanding and good communication between individuals and groups. Having to work constructively together in a fun environment allows teams to learn new skills and new ways of working productively together helping them experience the importance of good communication.
Develop your Role
Team building events can help individuals focus on what they do best. Whether that is problem solving or a team leader role, challenges set at events can help individuals understand their strengths. They can also highlight to managers, personality traits or skills that they may have otherwise overlooked which could be helpful for roles within the business in the future. Team building events allow employees to develop skills whether leadership, presentation or motivational, and they will have the opportunity to put ideas into practice before returning to their work environment.
Long Term Gains
The skills gained from team building events can be of benefit to organisations long term as well as short term. Not only do individuals have more time to test and improve skills outside of the workplace and their workload but courses can be developed to combine their skills leading to increased efficiency. They can gain understanding to respond positively to a fast moving, changing business environment and can leave these events with a sense of belonging and empowerment. Fresh from the challenge of team building, your employees will become mission focused and ready to go beyond their targets.
Develop Stronger Relationships
Team building events can combine skills based trainings and challenges in various forms from mental task such as problem solving tests to physical tasks such as hilarious It’s A Knockout style challenges. As long as the content of your day or weekend is relevant, stimulating, fun and inspiring, you will ensure group participation allows your team to draw upon and develop skills and knowledge together. Employee collaboration and working together at close proximity encourages the development of stronger working relationships which can only benefit your organisation in many ways.