As per Vince Lombardi, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a civilization work, a society work, an organization work, a teamwork.”
The success and future of an organization can be defined by its ability to build productive and effective teams. Many organizations are now investing their time and money, not because everyone else is doing it, but because it is a win-win situation for both employee and employer.
Team-building’s benefits are long-term. It gives away a clear message that you, the employer, are prepared to invest in your workers just as their success, which makes them more enthusiastic, increasing productivity– the primary objective of team building. Before we get the opportunity to understand team building advantages and profitability, we should dig into what productivity involves.
What is Productivity?
Productivity is the quality and quantity of work completed in a certain period of time. To be productive, any individual of a company must be motivated. Motivation does not just involve the money they receive rather it goes beyond that. The paycheck is very short-term when used as a motivating force. A better method of ensuring productivity is through team building programs.
How team building increases productivity
- Unveils hidden potential – Team building activities allow employees to better understand and utilize their talents. When team members involve in such team building activities they coordinate better at their workplace. The employees learn that diversity is a resource, if utilized well, it can give great results. Once the potential of team members is unleashed, they become more confident in each other’s abilities.
- Allows for development of team roles – Every team member has a role to play which they are best suited for. Team building helps to better identify these roles, so that each member knows what they are good at and develop that talent. Through this, each member performs the tasks they are good at, while working towards the common, ultimate goal.
- Mutual support – Team members depend on each other for achieving a common goal. They help each other, motivate and support one another to accomplish set objectives. A productive working environment would require support and involvement from all its members. Not doing that disturbs the cohesiveness of the team, which in turn, reduces productivity.
- Better working relationships – Since team members work towards achieving a shared goal as a team, it is hence easier for them to create better working relationships in their workplace. Every team member involves in activities wherein they have some knowledge about the task assigned. It calls for collaboration as they work together, creating a positive environment where colleagues can from healthier and positive work relationships.
Team building events can be a powerful tool, nurturing strengths, improving motivation, developing trust and collaboration and addressing weaknesses. However, without clear objectives & aims, a real purpose and a proper planning, they would not have the real impact that they should. Team building activities and outing should not be seen just as fun activities, employees should try to make the most out of this opportunity to enhance productivity.