What is Team Building?
Team building is the method of bringing individuals to work cohesively as a team using various events and activities to improve team performance. It helps team members focus on self-development, leadership skills, positive communication, trust, and the ability to work in a team.
A well-strategized team bonding follows a critical rule, i.e., 'Appreciate in public, and Criticize in private.' This helps in keeping the team motivated and addressing the issues together.
For example, an organization came up with the following activities to improve team development.
- Scavenger Hunt
- Cultural events
- Project completion celebration
- Annual appreciation
- Board games
- Business simulations
- Knowledge offering
- Social service
All these activities, along with some employee engagement
ideas, helped employees know each other’s capabilities, build trust, and improve communication.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the idea behind the implementation of team building?
Team building in an organization is done to improve the employees' path of working towards the same goals and aligning individual aims to that of the organization. This is usually done to enhance growth and restore the quality of work. Additionally, team members can also find their and others’ abilities, improve knowledge, build better bonds, know their purposes, and develop engagement in the team.
How does team building work?
Team development is not a one-time process but a continuous one. It includes various activities conducted daily, weekly or monthly. Following are the steps towards a better team bonding process.
- Determine the requirement for team development.
- Define roles, accountability, and goals.
- Build a team with proper skills.
- Let employees know the rules.
- Provide feedback.
- Track individual and team performance.
What are the benefits of team building?
Team building can bring the following benefits to the team and the organization.
- It enables determining the strengths and weaknesses of every individual to develop better teams.
- Group members can improve their interpersonal abilities, employee trust, and engagement.
- Employees can understand their roles and responsibilities.
- Members can share open feedback about others.
- Regular activities can enhance morale and performance, promote creativity, and better ideas for solutions.
- It improves efficiency and saves time for performing essential tasks.
What are the drawbacks of team building?
- As the performance of the whole team is measured, individual performance often remains hidden.
- As goals are set for the entire team, individual performance may be difficult to evaluate.
- It is hard to know the cause of task failure.
- Managers may have to spend time and effort in resolving conflicts among the team.
- Setting up activities, bringing teams together, addressing issues, etc., takes time and resources.