In the workplace, it is easy to get so focused on project goals and quotas that we forget to nurture the relationships that create our greatest assets: our teams. Teamwork plays a crucial role in getting things done, but a lack of camaraderie within the team only undermines this. It’s just like the chain scenario; if there is one weak link, the chain will surely break.
By helping employees, managers, and other staff members build respect for one another, it reduces workplace tension while building communication. The first step to building this respect is simply spending stress-free time together, working toward a single goal. Sure, we spend a great deal of time with our co-workers each day, but we don’t usually connect with them on a level that is below the surface. We have to get out of our comfort zone, and often out of the office altogether, in order to connect with a coworker in a new way. It’s just like when we were students in a classroom. We would try to be placed on a project with our friend, but the teacher always seemed to assign us to a project with a classmate we didn’t know very well. Once the project was over, we generally had a new friend in the class, whom we never would have gotten to know.
Here are a few ideas to get teams interacting in new ways – to boost morale, build communication, and help increase productivity at work.
Collaborative Professional Development (CPD) helps stir up new energy in the workplace. Employees can have a chance to interact with their teammates in new ways, get out of the same routine, and even get out of the office. The following activities accomplish this while also helping employees to continue learning and growing.
- In-house staff development workshops
- Outside professional development trainings or seminars
- Professional conferences
- Mentoring relationships
Form a Committee or Group That Works for a Good Cause is one of the best ways to build camaraderie among the team members while serving an important purpose. Find a meaningful cause or organization that appeals to your team or reflects your company values. These activities also help employees develop their skills in leadership, planning and organizing, and problem-solving. Consider activities and ideas such as:
- Adopt-a-Family programs during the holidays
- Volunteering in soup kitchens or food banks
- Assisting the elderly
- Environmental projects
- Raising funds for school supplies
- Any other projects that appeal to your employees!
Team Sporting Events are wonderful to help build team camaraderie, if that is something that appeals to your employees. Whether it’s an event among members of the same organization or against another opposing company, team events like basketball, flag football, and golf can help build team unity.
Company Vacation or Field Trips is a great way for leaders to show employees, staff, and team members how valued they are for working with the company. Whether it’s an evening out, a weekend get-away or a week long company retreat, this type of activitiey allows management and employees a chance to strengthen relationships and communication.
These are all tried and true ways of breaking the cubicle confinement and getting employees to interact in new ways. Creating unity and building communication keeps everyone happy, valued, and creates a more positive work environment.
Check out http://workcompass.com/3-awesome-team-building-activities-your-employees-will-love/ for more information on these and other ideas to build team relationships.