The lifeblood of a company is its employees. When the people operating a business are happy and content with their jobs, the better they perform their roles. Some of the factors that affect attitude include the nature of work, the workplace environment, the management style of leaders, the perception of an incentive system, the existence of opportunities for growth, and more. That is why human resources departments stress the importance of team building activities and similar employee morale events.
The concept of team building is to detach employees from their desks to interact with coworkers and managers in a setting that is entirely different from an office. This gets people to mingle with individuals they don’t normally talk to at work while enjoying fun activities that will develop a love for their teams and their jobs. It’s important that managers and executives join such events as well so that staff can experience a level playing field with their superiors.
This promotes an environment where sharing of ideas is welcomed. Here’s why every company should organize a team building activity at least once a year:
1. It improves communication among teams
Team building and motivation activities involving the entire group will help team members communicate with one another better. This is because they have already been placed in a setting where they can freely talk to each other. Such activities also help the staff know their teammates on a more personal level, so they can gauge the best ways to talk and to convey messages.
For a company to succeed, it has to have open and clear communication lines among its people. The casual and fun nature of employee morale events will help them build trust and develop their ability to cooperate.
2. It helps develop collaborative and problem-solving skills
Team building activities consist of a series of games and puzzles that must be solved as a group. The concept behind collaborative exercises is to reduce pressure on a single person to solve an issue. This can eventually be applied to an office environment, where problems can be dealt with together and people are more confident to tackle difficult issues because they know they are part of a team (and that their teammates have their backs).
3. Staff pay closer attention to detail and get tasks done well
When people are happy where they work, they will pay more attention to the processes that complete their jobs, as well as spot irregularities and errors. When morale is low, employees tend to be distracted, thus resulting in longer completion times and plenty of errors on the job. Happy staff also pay closer attention to safety and protocols, so the number of work-related accidents is reduced.
4. It keeps employees motivated
Work quality increases when employees like what they are doing. Regardless of the difficulty of the tasks at hand, happy staff with high morale produce work better compared to those who are just going through the motions mindlessly every day. In addition, motivated staff will be proactive in helping the company improve processes and reach its goals. They will be at the front and center of planning activities and will be first in line to volunteer for sensitive projects.
5. It helps boost productivity
High staff morale means high productivity. This is because they like where they work, what they do, and the environment they will be showing up in. You’ll eventually see that your employees are coming in early or showing up for different activities without having to seek a reward. Remember that your office is where they will be spending an average of 8 hours of their life in; so managers should make it a point that it is an atmosphere that they look forward to being in.
Team building events are not only advantageous for individual employees but also for their leaders and the company as a whole. When people see that the company is exerting effort and resources to make them happy and invest in their development and improvement, they are more likely to return the favor by also investing their talents and ideas in the business.