Team building can sometimes be met with derision by those who don’t quite understand how useful it can be – it can be seen as just time away from work with no real benefit, something that people have to put up with because their boss tells them it has to happen.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. A team building day, or even just one activity, can truly enhance your way of working, give you new ideas, and can be the ideal way to become more productive. So here are some of the best reasons to try a team building day; you might be surprised.
Networking and Socializing
It can sometimes be difficult to make friends and connections in the workplace – it can be a stressful place, and that means that we don’t always get to see everyone’s ‘real’ personalities. On a team building day where you might be white water rafting, having fun at an Escape Room DC, building dens or paintballing to name just a few you will get to find out a lot more about the people you usually only work with, and you might find that you really enjoy their company.
Learning About Teamwork
Even if you think you already know a lot about teamwork, you might not know exactly what it takes to work in this particular team, so having a useful team building day with them can teach you a lot. You will learn how each person works and how best to use their individual skills, for example, and you will see what makes each person most productive.
Having some healthy competition never hurt anyone and can actually be a great way to spur people on to greater things both in and out of work. As long the need to win doesn’t eclipse everything else, and things start to become far too competitive so that the enjoyment factor is gone, competition in the workplace is a good thing, and it can be used to great effect during a team building day.
Fostering a sense of team spirit makes success even more attainable because everyone is looking out for everyone else. This kind of team bonding that can be started or enhanced on a team day out of the office can increase the effectiveness of the team in general, and that makes the company as a whole a lot more productive and profitable.
Take A Break
Sometimes it’s not about what your team is going to learn on a team building day; sometimes it’s about giving them a chance to get out of the office and try something new and exciting on a day when they would normally be at work. This can be refreshing and re-energizing, giving people who work hard every day the chance to take a break without feeling guilty for doing so. When they get back to their usual work, they will feel much more ready to push harder than before.