03 Aug Does Team Building Really Work?
For some of us vacation is already here, and for some this implies having an anxious need to disconnect from our day to day. Precisely to avoid or overcome this feeling of impatience and disengagement, some companies incorporate team building activities for their employees well being. As the name implies, team building tries to “build a team” through activities that are fun, inspire trust, and encourage collaboration among the participants.
The reasons for implementing these activities are varied. For example, if members of the team are suffering from burn out. There are companies that incorporate team building if they perceive passive aggressive conflicts, accumulated tensions, little motivation or lack of team cohesion. Other (smart) companies encourage activities such as these in order to prevent such a degree of discomfort from happening in the first place.
And does it work? It sure does. Henry Ford said so,
“Working as a team ensures success.”
Why? Because team building increases employee performance, satisfaction, integration and productivity.
And there are studies that prove it. A study by Small Group Research magazine showed that team building activities have positive and measurable effects on team performance. Another article from Harvard Business School concluded that the more motivated the team is, the better it functions. The American Psychological Association also found that team building activities help make staff feel valued and therefore more productive. MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory also demonstrated that the success of a team is characterized by how it communicates outside working hours, and team building helps nurture that communication. If you want to know more, here’s a list of other studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of team building.
At Intracon, team building is important to us. For example, this last month we had our famous summer party where we enjoyed some good mojitos, good music, good food, and good weather. But above all, we enjoyed each other’s company.
Because we’re dedicated to creating the best experiences for our customers, it comes as no surprise that we also want to create unforgettable experiences for our team. These photos prove so!
Have you also participated in team building activities? Do you think they are effective? Whether you think so or not, we invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section.