Whole team participation is essential to effectively build strong relationships at work. Without the whole team being part of the decisions made, you will not get the buy-in needed in order to get long-lasting results.
Once the needs of the team have been identified, and you have researched appropriate options, start to consider what is most suitable for the whole team. Can everyone participate? What is the level of physical fitness needed for the activity, and does your whole team have what is needed to take part? Finding activities that will foster a healthy sense of competition without fear of failure is key to effective team participation, and the best t for the team is best decided by the team instead of for the team.
Sustainability of team-building processes is essential in order to really get results in the long-term, however, often team buildings occur in isolation from the working environment. Retreats, days out, or work-away experiences are a fantastic way to restore the morale and energy in a team, and often this is when the most creative ideas are uncovered and the strongest bonds are made.
Unfortunately, in many cases, these amazing results quickly dissipate on returning to the workplace. If the ideas which were formed and the relationships that were built are not supported in the working environment, people will become jaded and are likely to engage less and less with each team-building event. So, in order to have sustainable improvements after a team-building event, it is essential to incorporate changes, introduce structures, and support the individuals after the event. Having regular check-ins with the team to build onto the work that has been done and to note any further needs, is a cost-effective strategy to get more sustainable team building.
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