Summary: Some bosses are sometimes hesitant to conduct team-building exercises because they do not see the value in them. Here are some reasons why bosses should consider them.
Bosses are usually wondering what they can do to increase profits. Team-building exercises are a fun and creative way to boost morale and productivity. Below are some reasons why you should consider taking your employees on a trip outside of the office to ultimately increase performance within it.
Creating a Sense of Community
Some employees work in offices filled with coworkers but only talk to a handful of them every so often. Communicating with others only during meetings or via emails is not sufficient if you want to really learn more about the people you work with. Team-building exercises are an excellent method of getting to know your coworkers and seeing them not just as others who you sometimes see on your way to grab more coffee, but as actual human beings with emotions, hobbies, and passions.
Picking up soccer uniforms and having your employees participate in a match against each other will help develop a stronger sense of community amongst them. During team activities participants are forced to set aside their differences to work towards achieving a common goal. One of the challenges of playing a game that requires multiple people to work together is being able to effectively coordinate.
Coordinating to stay on the same page requires a high degree of trust in your teammates. The abilities to communicate clearly and listen to the thoughts and concerns of those around you are absolutely crucial and will also translate well to life in the workplace. Bonding over a fun experience with your coworkers will have more of an impact than watching a training video ever could.
Having a Good Time
Another great benefit of team-building exercises with the people in your office is that it is a good opportunity for them to get together and simply have a good time. It is easy to get caught up in the daily routine of going to work. Going somewhere new with your coworkers and having fun in a laid-back and exciting environment away from the office will help do away with stress and allow people to relax.
These events do not even have to be costly. Soccer Garage or other sports stores sell equipment you can purchase to set up your own activities in a local park, for example. Team-building exercises or group outings help individuals recharge, and when they get back to the office, hopefully bring the positive mentalities they need to get motivated and work hard.