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Team Building And Motivation

Stress Management  

You should ensure that your team isn’t stressed. This can greatly affect their performance and de-motivate them. You need to give them realistic targets and allow them to get some rest. Pushing your team beyond their limits will just further affect their performance and make them less effective. You can also have stress management seminars to help your team members. Try and strike a fair balance between work, family, rest and socialization to prevent them from being overwhelmed.  

Appraisals  

Appraisals help in individual and team evaluations. In addition, they help keep the employees motivated to work harder to get a good appraisal. Some organizations normally give salary bonuses according to the appraisals to challenge every team member to keep working hard. This also acts as a reward system. It shows the team that no contribution goes unnoticed.  

Recognition  

Recognition is very important in any team. The team should always get recognition from the management or the leader whenever they excel. If an individual excels the team members can also show each other appreciation and recognition. Small gestures such as, applauding, a pat on the back or simply saying “good work” goes a long way in keeping someone motivated.  

Training  

Training really helps in helping the team perform better. You can have individual or group training. A team may be working well together but if they lack the necessary competence required for the job, this will still affect their performance in general.  

Good Working Environment  

People can’t work well if at all they don’t have a good working environment. They also need all the necessary facilities for their specific jobs. A good working environment isn’t just about the physical components but also the psychological. For instance, the team may have good well equipped offices but if they have a leader who constantly yells, they won’t be able to work effectively.  

Good Leadership  

Good leadership is very important for every team to perform well. A leader should be able to motivate and inspire the team. They should also be able to represent the team effectively to the management.  

In addition, the leadership role should be passed on after sometime. It’s not good to have one team with one leader for lengthy periods of time. You can motivate your team members by assigning them some leadership roles.  

Team Spirit  

Try and take part in events and exercises that will help in fostering the team spirit. For instance, if you contest in the organization, participate as a team instead of as individuals. You can also have welfare within the team. This will be for helping the team mates in case of anything even outside work. For example, if someone falls sick, organize to visit them as a team.  

Respect and Trust  

Every team members should be treated with respect. It doesn’t matter how small or big their contribution to the team may be. This is what can make or break a team. Trust is also vital to enable the team mates to work together. Without trust, cooperation will be very difficult.  

Team Building  

Team building exercises should be carried out from time to time. It’s not enough to have the program done only once for the team.

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Making Team Building Successful  

Goals and Objectives  

Team building exercises will not work if at all the team has not set the goals and objectives that they want to meet. Without a clear vision, the whole exercise will be futile and you will not be able to achieve anything. You should clearly define the goals of the team.  

These goals should not necessarily be the organizational goals only. You can incorporate your own team’s organization. For instance, if you are a sales department team, you may decide to have goals for your sales team. Maybe you can set new targets or aim to reach new markets. This is what will keep all members of the team focused.  

Analysis of Successes and Failures  

A team building consultant will take the time to examine how the team works before suggesting the best team building exercises. However, for the exercises to be very effective, the team must do their own self-examination.  

Examine the past successes and failures of the team. Find what needs to be worked on or simply improved and use this as a guideline. You can also have members of the team anonymously writing down issues that they may be having within the team. This will help keep the team building more focused.  

Commitment  

Before embarking on team building, there should be commitment from the team members. Most teams normally go out of town or to other locations so as to concentrate on the exercises. During this time, they need to be focused only on the task at hand and not on any other issues.  

The team members should commit their time and effort. They should be willing to participate in team building. This isn’t something that a team leader can push people to do. Commitment is very vital for the success of the exercises.  

Communication and Education  

To be able to build any successful teams, there should be communication. You should let your team members know exactly what is planned. This shouldn’t be an ambush of some sort. Getting the team involved is very important in making the exercises effective.  

You should also take the time and educate the team on the importance of the exercises. This will help them be more serious and committed. Point out the importance of team work and that can be achieved if the team learnt how to work together. Don’t assume that everyone knows this. There are so many people who may strongly be pro individualism.  

Team Charters  

Every team needs to have a charter. This should clearly provide a guideline on the behaviors and code of conduct for every team members. Don’t even attempt to embark on team building if you don’t have this charter. This is what sets the whole basis for team work and is therefore very important.  

Expectations  

Everyone should lay out their expectations for the exercise. You can also involve the team members in clearly defining this. It’s not enough to have goals for the team. It is also good that you have short term goals for the team building exercises. This will help you focus. It will also help in evaluating just how effective the whole program is. The expectations can also act as a guideline for selecting the right team building exercises.  

Leadership  

Leadership is very important for any team building to succeed. Therefore, it is advisable for the leaders to actively participate in all the exercises. The leader should also take the initiative and the role of setting examples for everyone. An absentee leader can make the whole exercises flop. It may be perceived as a lack of interest on their part. In addition, the team can’t learn effectively.  

The team leader must be involved in the team especially during the team building exercises.

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How To Select Team Building Activities

Evaluation  

This is one of the most effective ways of determining the right exercises for the team. You should evaluate the past events of the team. Establish what could have contributed to past performance. In case of failures, establish just what could have caused this. Evaluating the past events can help you in determining what needs to be done.  

You should also look at the present situation. How well are the team members relating with each other? How well do they work together? Find out what needs to be done to improve on the present situations. If there is a current issue of communication breakdown, this is what needs to be addressed.  

You should carry out an evaluation of the goals of the team. Establish what you are all trying to achieve as a team. Then establish just what you need to be able to do this.  

A team building consultant can do this evaluation. However, it is best to have an in-house evaluation too. Look at the recommended list from the consultant and establish which ones best meet your needs.  

Agreement  

The best team building exercises should be agreed upon by the whole team. The manager and the consultant shouldn’t be the ones to make all the decisions about this. There are exercises that some members may not be open to. For instance, the sensitivity and stereotype exercises may not be accepted by everyone.  

Inclusion  

You must find team building exercises that everyone can participate in. If you leave out some members, then the whole exercise loses meanings. For instance, if the exercises require a lot of physical movement and some members can’t do it, then leave it out. All members of team should participate in the team building.  

Diagnosis  

Diagnosis is similar to evaluation. However, in this case, you only look at the problem areas in the team. Establish what may be hindering the team from performing much better. Once you make a diagnosis, then find out the right remedies for the problems that you have identified.  

Checklist Method  

Checklist method is also very important in determining the right team building exercises. In this case, you should look at the qualities of an ideal team. Study other successful teams or carry out research on what a good team would be like. Then make a checklist. From this list, check all the qualities that your current team has and the ones they lack. The lacking ones can be a focus area on your exercises.  

For example, an ideal team should have respect for each other; they should communicate well and should trust one another. If you find out that your team only has respect but no trust or communications skills, then you can have exercises focusing on these two areas.  

Relevance and Applicability  

Your team building exercises should always be relevant. You can’t work on issues that don’t apply to your particular team. For instance, a technical department may not have the same needs as the accounts department. Look for exercises that apply to your present situation.  

Risk Minimization  

Risk minimization comes in because some exercises may cause embarrassment to some individuals. For instance, give examples using one person may be hurtful and perceived negatively. Making fun of a person may also be negatively perceived. Avoid exercises that may cause resentment, anger or hurt anyone’s feelings. This may do more harm than good to the team.  

Company’s Goals  

It is always vital to consider the overall objectives of the company when determining the teambuilding exercises. Ensure that you find exercises that will help the company in the long run.  

Review  

After the initial team building program, review how effective each exercise was. This will help you in determining the future exercises. You can choose to repeat the ones that worked very well or come up with similar ones. Avoid any exercise that didn’t bear good fruits. Don’t even try to adjust it, replace it completely.  

Establish your team’s needs and requirements. Find out what exercises can help them work as a team. Your team can help you with this evaluation process.

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A Little Team Building Fun

Communication Exercises  

Communication is a vital part of any given relationship. Two people can’t live and work together unless they can communicate with each other. The same theory applies to team, for a group to work together they must be able to effectively communicate with each other.

Communication goes beyond sharing a common language. Two people may be English speakers but even without the language barrier, they may not be able to communicate with each other. There are so many fundamental principles that go into effective communication. Therefore, this type of exercise is normally vital in any given team.  

There are many types of communication exercises all geared to help team members communicate with each other effectively. One such exercise is the “blind man and guide”. In this exercise, two teammates are forced to work with each other. They need to retrieve a certain object within the vicinity. However, one teammate must do the retrieval while blind folded. The other teammate will then give directions to help them make the retrieval. The only way they can do this is by working together and communicating. If the guide becomes frustrated and starts yelling at the “blind man” this will bring about confusion and hinder their progress. On the other hand,” the blind man” will not succeed if he decides not to listen to the “guide”.  

There are also communication exercises that involve interaction with all team members. You are supposed to mingle and bond with members and get to know them well. After this, you will be asked details about the team members. This normally tests listening skills and memory.  

Trust and Interdependence Exercises  

According to research, this is one of the most difficult exercises to administer. Naturally, people take time to build trust. Trying to get the team members to trust each other may be a hard task but still achievable. Trusting each other cements the relationship between the team. This helps them to work with each other well. It also makes an individual gain some sense of responsibility.  

There are different exercises that can be used to build trust and interdependence. For instance, there is one exercise whereby the team players line up in two rows. The people on the first row normally have their backs to the others on the second row. Now without turning back, they are required to fall back letting their guard down. They should be able to trust that the team member standing behind them with catch them.  

Problem Solving Exercises  

The whole concept of these exercises is to test the team’s problem solving skills. You give them a problem to solve and watch every step that they make towards solving it. You will also get to see how well they will work together to solve it. This is a vital exercise because it can influence the success of any team. A team that can’t handle the task may crumble and fall under pressure. On the other hand, a team that can do this well will be able to go through any difficulties and come out victorious at the end.

Some of the problem-solving exercises include, putting a big puzzle together. Every team member plays a role in ensuring that this is done. You may also present a problem to the team and just ask them to solve it. This can be anything that has to deal with their work. For instance, a customer care department team may be asked to play out a scene whereby there is an irritable customer threatening one of their staff members with violence. The staff member isn’t supposed to handle the situation alone. It is up to the team to come together with strategy to handle the current problem and put measures in place for handling similar issues in the future.  

Decision Making Exercises  

This is much like the problem-solving exercises. It tests the team’s ability to make decisions together. In these exercises, the whole team is supposed to work together. It will not be upon the leader to come up with the next plan of action. These exercises are very important in any team. When a team makes good strong decisions together, they will be successful. However, a team that doesn’t involve all members in decision making may end up fostering resentment from the members who have been left out. It will also affect the quality of the decision since the best ones are the ones that are made by all members sharing ideas. On the other hand, total inability to make decisions will delay projects and can ultimately contribute to the failure of the whole team.  

In such exercises, a team may be presented with a problem and about five different solution alternatives. They have to discuss these alternatives and decide on the best option for the whole team. Each group member should contribute as to why they believe that is the best option. They should also get to a point of either compromise or total agreement.  

Planning Exercises  

Nothing much can ever be accomplished without the proper planning. This is why this exercise is very important in any given team. This goes hand in hand with the adapting exercises. This is supposed to help the group to realize their strengths and weaknesses. The strengths are then put all together to show exactly what the group is capable of achieving if at all they decide to work together.  

Planning exercises are very many. You can have the team faced with a task whereby they are required to complete it effectively and in the shortest time possible. For instance, you can ask them to provide a budget for a certain amount of money. They should imagine that they are stranded at a bus station with just the basic amount of money. The budget should explain how they expect to get home with their limited funds and within the shortest time possible.  

Socialization Exercises  

These exercises are sometimes referred to as, bonding exercises. They are supposed to help the employees to get to know each other through a social interaction. It is important for the team to learn how to socialize with each other. This will help build their work relationship making them much more effective in their job. It will also help create a good working atmosphere free of hostilities.  

Socialization exercises are normally very simple. You can have a setting like a speed dating game. The employees will be asked to talk to each other for a few minutes. When these time elapses, they are to move to another team members. This is repeated until all team members have had a chance to talk to each other. This exercise should be fun and simple.  

Personal Development Exercises  

Sometimes it’s hard to be a team player if you have personality traits that are sociable. There are people who are naturally shy; others are anti-social while others may just not be comfortable in the team. This exercise helps each individual to examine themselves and evaluate what exactly they bring to the team. It encourages members to get out of their own shells or individual limitations and become the bets that they can be.  

Members may be faced with the challenge of individually coming up with their own shortcomings and listing them down. They should do this anonymously. The lists are then handed down to the leader. The team comes together after this and discusses the solution for each shortcoming. For instance, people who may have listed shyness as a shortcoming maybe offered advice on how to overcome this. Remember, nobody will be addressed directly due to the anonymity. It will just be like a braining storming session. Once a person is comfortable with themselves in the team, they will be more productive.  

Awareness and Sensitivity Exercises  

This is normally a delicate exercise especially in mixed teams. It isn’t uncommon to find organizations refusing this part of team building. However, it is very important. There are so many stereotypes that come with every group of people. This may naturally bring about resentment and distrust between members of a team. This affects their ability to work together.  

However, you can make this exercise fun and educative at the same time. Come up with name tags for everyone. In this name tag, don’t put any negative stereotypes. Put positive messages that a group or a person. For instance, if a person is associated with a group of people considered to be sneaky liars but with very brilliant minds, put the later as the tag. Then put the tags at the back of each person. Each person is then supposed to guess what’s on their back without looking. Teambuilding exercises aren’t just about having fun. They help in teaching people the core aspects of teamwork and how to be a team.

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What’s Good  In Team Building

Shared Goals  

One of the most important benefits of team building is coming up with shared goals. If a team manages to establish some common objectives, they are more likely to succeed. This also reflects in the overall performance of the organization.  

Agreement  

When people work in agreement, they generally tend to be more focused and productive. This fosters trust among the team members which help them work together much better.  

Ideas and Team Participation  

When a team start working together, they become more effective. Different people start to share ideas and opinions. Every participating member of the team brings something different to the table. This is what makes team building such a successful strategy in an organization.  

Nurturing Team Spirit  

Team building helps in nurturing team spirit. There are so many experienced and well educated individuals who can manage to work very well on their own. Although they do make a good contribution in the organization, they can make a better contribution by working as a team.

Motivation and Support

Team building enables different people to support and motivate each other while working towards the same goals. There are so many employees in different organizations that have so much potential but they lack the motivation to make the best out of it. Team members can help and encourage each other to properly demonstrate their capabilities by working together.  

In addition, team building normally creates the right atmosphere for team spirit. This helps in giving a push to people who need it to get the job done.  

Organizational Benefits  

Team building always helps the organization. When employees work as a team, they tend to be generally more productive. Such employees also tend to focus on the goals and objectives of the organization rather than their own individual gratification.  

Rapport  

Team building helps in creating good rapport between the employees. They learn to relate to each other on a personal and professional relationship. This enables them to work with each other better. This ultimately creates a good working environment conducive for high productivity.  

Corporate retreats and team building exercises play a vital role in encouraging teamwork. They help team members to learn how to relate to with one another so as to work in unity.

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