Team Interventions and Team Building
A successful team shares many hands, aligns to become one mind and believes with one heart
Why Team Building?
Team work is a well-meant concept that should lead to greater productivity and performance where we can leverage off each other’s ideas, experience and knowledge. However, this often turns into a nightmare to manage as well as participate in. Leaders spend their days micro-managing and mediating conflicted situations, which is draining on time, resources and efficiency. Productivity drops and the initial objective of, “many hands make light work” becomes heavy, emotionally exhausting and unfulfilling. Everybody loses in this scenario.
Team building in the workplace can be a helpful solution to lift everybody’s spirits and get them on track to operate as a high-performing team. It’s a wonderful idea to kick-start a process, however it needs to be well planned and researched to ensure that it achieves the long-term results required. It also needs to be facilitated by an expert objective party. This is where 4Seeds can offer your organisation valuable input!
Why Teams Fail
It’s important to understand that teams are living eco-systems; they are not mindless machines that function monotonously at their ideal peak perfection. A team’s effectiveness is made up of two distinct elements:
- Teamwork and
- Task work
The simpler element of the two, task work is about getting the work done to meet a predetermined team goal. Task work can be achieved collectively or sometimes independently of others. This is commonly not a challenge, whereas teamwork is by far the more intricate element. Teamwork is the main reason why individuals, teams and often organisations fail. It is made up of behaviours, attitudes and thinking styles, personalities, belief systems, values and soft skills. This is why this component is so tricky. Teamwork is the fundamental variable that differentiates a peak performing team from a dysfunctional one.
Cost of Dysfunctional Teams
A team that is not functioning well together can be felt and seen by people within and outside of the team. The energy feels uncomfortable, tense and heavy.
Various theories and models have been developed around team performance, which can be overwhelming for a leader who wants to build an effective team. Based on years of corporate experience, 4Seeds has identified these 13 characteristics as the main reasons for dysfunctional teams:
Dysfunctional teams have a physical, psychological and emotional impact on the individuals involved and this impact will become apparent in their work engagement, commitment and performance.
When you are looking at team building in the workplace, reflect on which of these components are present in your team. This will help you to choose a team building company in Johannesburg that will have the optimal results for your team.
Complexity of Team Work
Teams have become an increasingly necessary component of an organisation’s structure, an organisation without the teams inside it, is unimaginable. Managing a team sounds easy but it can get complicated as the size of the group increases. The benefits of teamwork are listed below:
Research has shown that a team of up to twelve people is harmonious, effective and efficient. For some reason after that, every team member that joins changes the team dynamics. Little sub-cliques of three to four people form, and the language changes from US to THEM and the primary goal of why teams were formed is eradicated. The actual benefits of team work quickly turn into a costly affair for the individual, the team, the leader and the organisation. There are no winners when team dynamics become dysfunctional and there is no quick fix to the situation.
How 4Seeds Can Help
4Seeds customises team building interventions to meet the organisational and team needs. This bespoke approach ensures that team interventions are used exclusively to drive both individual and team change for your specific organisation. Identifying key areas of development will determine the structure and layout of the intervention and ensure it is relevant and on point. Activities are used to enable a team to learn, reflect and self-correct, leaving them with a powerful toolkit to use in the workplace.
Our team building interventions are impactful, light and fun but with a serious undertone of learning and transformation. To be effective and efficient, team size does matter, and we recommend team interventions to be for up to 25 people. Any more than that, and we would suggest dividing the team into two separate groups.
Types of Team Interventions
Team interventions aren’t a one size fits all kind of solution and it can be easy to get lost in the many online service offerings. There are outdoor activities, indoor activities, short- and long-term, corporate team building ideas and team building. The nuances may appear trivial, but they are important if you want to engage in an intervention that has gravitas for your team and organisation. Two discerning factors to consider are:
4Seeds offers long-term and short-term, powerful team building interventions.
For team building in the workplace to be impactful and successful, 4Seeds typically begins with meeting the senior leaders, that way ensuring that we receive their unequivocal support and guidance to address the root cause and not only the symptoms. Are you ready to take your team to the next level of thriving? Get in touch. Link to contact us page.
Tips on Putting A Team Intervention Together
The words “team intervention” often brings up mixed emotions in people. Some love the fun, playful, light hearted interaction where they can get to know each other better, but others dread the process. Ideally, we want people to remember the interventions as inspiring, and uplifting, however, often people recall these events as boring and where staff morale and team work were actually further damaged. When putting a team intervention together, there are many things to consider that can ensure success. Here are ten tips to consider when organising your corporate team building intervention: