The Importance of Team Building Activities for Organisations

Teams are the building blocks of organisations, irrespective of the fact whether they are small or large. A successful organisation is one, whose teams are individually and collectively cohesive and work in a harmonious manner to achieve the organisational goals.  In the job descriptions these days, one of the desired skills which can be invariably seen is that the candidate ‘has to be a team player’ or ‘should be able to work with a team’.  Teamwork can be nurtured even further with team building activities within the corporate setup.

This skill is assessed through personal/informal interviews or psychometric tests. Flatter organisations are becoming more prevalent these days. These organisations do not believe in having ‘supervisory’ tiers. Instead, they have self-regulated teams in charge of various activities. Each team will have a team leader who will be a co-ordinator and a team member as well.

Each team player is responsible and accountable and is aware of the objectives to be met and his/her role in meeting the objectives. Thereforeteam building activities assume prime importance in the present day environment. Research shows that close-knit teams show better performance and productivity and meet deadlines. High team morale goes a long way in achieving organisational goals.

Employees of an organisation coming from different socio-cultural-economic backgrounds, form a heterogeneous group. Team building activities help to form cohesive teams out of this heterogeneous group.  These activities help to achieve the following:

·         Improved communication between the employees within a team, with other teams and the top management.

·         Improves motivation and interpersonal skills.

·         Improves creativity through sharing of ideas.

·         Increases sense of belongingness to the organisation

·         Every individual feels as a partner in the growth of the organisation rather than as a paid employee.

·         Creation of a happy work environment.

·         Focus on the success of the team rather than personal success.

·         Employees learn to appreciate and acknowledge the contribution of other team members.

·         Improvement in problem solving skills.

·         Improvement in dealing with conflicting situations.

·         Become more interdependent than independent.

·         Increases adaptability and flexibility.

·         Build trust by getting to know each other.

·         Become self-regulated.

Before venturing into team building, it is imperative that organisations identify the areas which require improvement and opt for the most suited activities. These may be repeated, if need be, at periodic intervals.

The activities, being mostly informal in nature, help employees to open up without inhibition, which helps in identifying the latent skills in an employee and use it for the benefit of the organisation. Organisations which are keen on having successful teams in their work force invest on team building activities, which in turn increases their success and brand value.

There are many professional organisations which offer team building tasks customised to the requirements of their clients. One such organisation is Hidden Door, which is based in New South Wales, Australia.

Their website is https://www.hiddendoor.com.au.They can be contacted over their e-mail ID ‘info@hiddendoor.com.au’.  They offer team building programmes for various industries, such as ,The Amazing Race & Corporate Team Challenges, Corporate Masterchef & Cooking Classes, Creative Team Building & Art Experiences, to name a few.

Investing in Team building activities will help to build an organisational culture which will be driven by passion, collaboration, trust and high team morale which in turn will make the brand, highly sought after.