Taking part in team building events can have a positive impact on a company’s culture and reap numerous rewards. We all know that team building events strengthen the relationship between employees, improves team communication, and encourages collaboration. However, what about some of the less well-publicised advantages? The following are seven unnoticed advantages that investing in team-building activities will bring to your company’s culture.
Thinking outside the box
Employees can get stuck in a rut when it comes to their work. For the most part, though, that’s how things get done. However, a fresh perspective may provide new insights into workplace issues. Creative problem solving can be encouraged by taking the team out of their regular work environment to overcome non-work challenges through fun team building events.
Intimidation can be a problem for even the best bosses, and this can make employees reluctant to raise concerns about work flow issues, new ideas, and career path desires. In fact, half of the employees said they don’t speak up about concerns on a frequent basis. Good relationships with management can improve employee morale, and productivity, and reduce turnover while enhancing the company’s culture. There’s nothing quite like seeing your boss having fun while crashing into the side of a go kart course, tripping over in a potato sack race, or having their precious egg spill in an egg drop competition to make your manager more approachable.
Identify those who will be the future leaders
Team building events are great for identifying potential leaders in the workforce. People who aren’t on the management team can take on leadership roles and see their group through a team-building exercise to completion. It’s a good approach for management to see leadership qualities in action outside of the workplace and to spot future leaders. If you pay attention, you’ll be able to tell which individuals of the team are more likely to take on planning or tactical responsibilities and who is the most supportive to their colleagues.
Reveal your secret abilities
In the midst of the daily grind, it’s easy to miss important details about your team members. There are often hidden abilities that are discovered during team-building events outside of the workplace that can benefit the firm and even lead to advancement in one’s career. It’s possible that an employee’s writing skills may be put to use on the corporate blog instead of just their weekend treks. It might also be that an employee has been attending night classes, is a member of numerous professional groups, and is ready to take the reins of your company’s thought leadership role. Every day, employees who can exploit their abilities in the workplace are 8% more productive and 15% less likely to abandon their jobs. During team building events, you can learn more about your employees and discover their hidden talents and strengths.
Everyone is a winner
It’s a win-win situation for everyone if you participate in team building events. It’s a great approach to reward accomplishments outside of the workplace and raise the self-esteem of individuals who are having a difficult time in the workplace. Everyone on the team feels like a winner when they have a chance to shine!
A quick pick-me-up
The atmosphere in the workplace is likely to be a major part of your company’s culture. Having a day of team bonding can have a positive effect on a company’s culture, and the atmosphere in the office can improve as a result.
Mix and mingling
To some degree, it’s natural for your work family to consist of the people in the same department as yours. Team building events are a great way for employees from different departments to meet and get to know one another while also learning more about their responsibilities.