As a manager, you know your company’s success depends on your team. And your team can only function well when you know how to motivate a diverse group of people, all with different personalities and work styles, to produce great results. Of course, a lot of this comes down to solid day-to-day managing skills. Assigning work to the appropriate employees, giving them the tools to perform well, and encouraging them to rise to the next level are all aspects of your daily responsibilities. However, there can be times when your team needs a little help to really pull together. That’s where team-building exercises come in. Team-building exercises can be useful in the following situations:
Selecting team building exercises
According to U.S. News, team-building exercises are the most effective when they’re positive, have clearly defined goals, and offer clear lessons. That’s why you need to select exercises that are tailored to the situation you want to address. For example, if you want your employees to get to know each other better, choose relationship-building exercises rather than trust-building ones. Asking each employee to share something personal about him or herself with the team will be much more effective than instructing people to participate in a “trust lean” exercise in which one person has to lean backward, trusting he or she will be caught by the assigned partner before losing balance.
There’s a wide variety of team-building exercises, from puzzles and word games to weekend retreats and obstacle courses. However, some of these activities might make your employees feel uncomfortable or be more demanding on your employees’ time than others. For example, somebody with a health condition might not be able to participate in a day of adventure activities, while employees with young children or elderly live-in parents might not find be able to get away for longer than a day. So before selecting any activity, U.S News recommends making sure it respects your employees’ physical capabilities and comfort zones.
Examples of team building exercises
In order to select team-building activities that are appropriate and effective, most companies employ specialized consulting firms. However, to give you an idea of what’s possible, here are three team-building exercises you can easily do in the office.
Team building is an integral aspect of good management, both when new employees are introduced into the workplace and as an ongoing endeavor to promote communication and collaboration. And when individuals feel understood and appreciated as part of a larger endeavor, then the goals of that team become far more attainable.Source:
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