This led us onto the inevitable topic of teambuilding… you just have to google the term to be inundated with a plethora of ‘teambuilding’ activities from hiking to cooking lessons and probably not a surprise to most of you but some pretty expensive costs as well!
I was recently speaking to a manager about his team, although staff were engaged with their individual jobs, he found it difficult to encourage staff to work together. They didn’t value each other’s opinions, which meant that team meetings were not effective, would often drag on for hours and as you can imagine were not exactly enjoyable. The key to solving this was proactivity and positivity!
He arranged a series of social events that were by no means mandatory but allowed the team to get to know one another on a personal level leading to better understanding and hence people started to get on better at work. As well as this the manager introduced a clear agenda to the team meetings and focused on recognising the team’s successes.
So before you splash out on a ‘teambuilding’ event think about whether your team has the right supporting structures in place for it to thrive. Ensure your team has a clear, shared attainable vision and that there is a commitment to achieve the highest possible performance.