There is a great deal of emphasis on large corporate team building activities where the employees go away on a multi-day retreat. While these are great to begin a team building philosophy within a corporate entity, there is also the need for ongoing team building activities within the weekly work routine.

Adding in weekly team building activities throughout the regular work week has tremendous results in many areas for continued corporate success. The many benefits to these weekly activities vastly outweigh any type of negatives that may result.

Common Goals

Team building activities are great for getting the entire company traveling towards the same goals. The company as a whole is much more productive when everyone knows that needs to be accomplished and works together to achieve it. Incorporating quick team building activities will continue to build this type of cohesion.

Trust

Weekly team building games and events within the office environment is great for building long lasting trust. Through trusting each member of a team to do their respective jobs and perform at their best companies can get the best effort of everyone.

Creativity

Problem solving challenges are a part of many team building activities and should be a part of the normal life of an office. Through working together on quick challenges the team members begin to think more creatively in solving problems and brainstorming.

Motivation

A well done corporate wide team building philosophy involves rewards and recognition of excellent teams. The individuals within the team have great pride in the work that they can accomplish and are motivated by being recognized for it. This motivation is then transferred into their work and their personal lives.

Team building activities do not have to be big elaborate retreats and conferences. They can be simple weekly opportunities to work together on a project, solve a problem, or play some games for a more cohesive team. These activities can take up to an hour or three depending on what you want to devote to them. The point is to adopt team building as a part of corporate life rather than just a major event each year.

Team building events can be extremely beneficial in helping to create a ‘one company, one team’ mentality.  Using a motivational team building event to bring colleagues together to work on a project or task that is outside of their usual comfort zone and remit, will help to improve communication and strengthen company ties, both within their own team and throughout the business.

In today’s ever changing world, businesses can go through many re-organisations and changes of personnel.  This can often lead to employees having to acquaint themselves with new colleagues and learn to work effectively and efficiently together.   Redundancies and changes in management can often lead to a team feeling de-motivated and lacking in morale.  This results in lower productivity, distrust of management, higher rates of employees leaving and a general lack of interest and pride for the company.

Motivational Team Building Event Ideas

Getting people back on track and feeling good about the company they work for is critical after major re-structuring changes.   Attending a team building event can quickly restore balance and allow employees to showcase their skills to a new audience in a relaxed, informal and neutral environment.   This can help to overcome any feeling of mistrust, awkwardness and reservations that employees may be harbouring concerning the new company structure.

Allowing teams to participate in fun, yet challenging team building events will give everyone a chance to shine and also get to know their new team on a different level than they would in their usual working environment.  This will improve trust and communication within the team, which will lead to a better morale and a more motivated team when back in the workplace, and a bigger sense of pride in their team and the company as a whole.

Getting participants to work together as a team rather than concentrating solely on their own roles within the company will help to strengthen inter-department relationships.  It will also increase trust and confidence between colleagues, regardless of rank within the company.

Once back in the workplace, employees will be much more likely to consider their colleagues and their needs when going about their daily roles, they will be keener to offer help when necessary and continue to improve their communication skills within the team.  This will lead to a more united team who want to work together and be as productive and efficient as they possibly can.

Summer Team Building 

With the recent heat wave continuing you may notice that your team’s energy and positive outlook in the office is waning.

Workplaces in the UK are not generally used to any sustained period of extreme weather, and come to think of it, neither is the average worker.   Feeling hot and bothered at work can make the most mild-mannered person become short-tempered, forgetful and generally just wanting to get the hell out of the office to go home, to the beach or the local beer garden!

However, there are ways to keep motivation and morale up when the temperature rises.  We’ve come up with a few suggestions of summer team building events to keep everyone happy and working together as a team:

Adapt your dress code

Do employees really need to be in business suits when it’s touching 30ºC outside?  Unless they are meeting important clients or facing the general public, allow members of staff to dress more appropriately for the weather.  You could even inject a little fun and hold a charity day where people can come dressed in outrageous Hawaiian shirts and beach shorts.

At the very least you should let your staff where short sleeved shirts and blouses and smart shorts or lightweight trousers.

Bring in flexi-time

Allowing staff to leave the workplace early (if they don’t have any important deadlines to meet) when it’s sweltering outside and then letting them make up the time at a later date will win you brownie points all round.  Not only will people be able to take advantage of the wonderful weather, but those with families will appreciate being able to spend some extra time with their children over the school holidays.

Make sure the office environment is comfortable

Access to open windows or air conditioning units is a must in this hot spell.  So too is plenty of water.  Make sure your air-con units are working correctly and provide desk fans if necessary.  Top up the water cooler regularly and bring an extra fridge into the kitchen area for staff to store food and drink in.

Be creative with meeting venues

Do you really need to hold your weekly sales meeting in a hot and stuffy meeting room?  Why not decamp to the car park, local beauty spot or even a nice beer garden nearby.  The change of scenery may even result in a better than usual meeting with everyone feeling inspired.  Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Can staff work from home?

Is it necessary for everyone to be in the office?  Those whose roles are not tied to a certain desk could be just as proactive and productive working in their back gardens as they would in the office.

Make work interesting

Setting new goals over the summer or coming up with innovative projects that members of staff can participate in will keep everyone motivated and happy to come into work.   Encourage team work to achieve goals and reward when completed.

Hold an outdoor team building event

Turn the good weather to your advantage and hold an outdoor team building event or a family fun day.   Using the sunshine to help team members bond in an informal and fun setting will help raise morale and increase motivation.