Team building is one of those things we always say we’ll do but never actually get around to. Team managers try to remind themselves to plan something but then a big project comes along and all is forgotten.
It’s just one of those things that gets shoved aside time and time again.
The thing is, team building is really important. And here’s why:
Promotes a sense of unity
Whether it’s after work drinks or trust exercises out in the middle of nowhere, a shared experience away from the office can give your team a real sense of unity. Of course, the more fun the experience, the better. Once you’ve been through something like that together, it’s easier to bond with your coworkers. It’s important to get to know your colleagues as people instead of job titles.
People work better together when they know a little more about each other. If you have a problem, you’re more likely to ask someone you know to help you out. If you need input on a project, it’s easier to approach someone you feel comfortable with. And if you enjoy chatting to coworkers, you’re more likely to ask for their opinion or involve them in discussions they wouldn’t normally be involved in.
Sparks creative thinking
It’s easier to voice opinions in a meeting of a brainstorm when you feel comfortable with the other people in the room. You’re more likely to talk about an idea when you feel like nobody is going to outright judge you for it. You also make silly comments and chat about related subjects, which leads to more creative concepts.
To put it plainly, people who like each other work better together. Yep, it really is as simple as that. At the end of the day, you want your teams to work as one cohesive unit. You want them to put the team first instead of their individual interests.