Every company has some kind of communication issue. For example, it seems like they are speaking two different languages. In turn, is this frustrating for the employees, but it is a major productivity issue.
Team building retreats take these same people out of the day-to-day grind and get them into a different environment. As a result, they begin to learn each other’s languages when the conversations aren’t work related.
Productivity automatically increases once they get back to the office.
New Skills are Uncovered and Developed by Corporate Team Building Exercises
Team building retreats are a great way to see who fits in where in a non-work-related environment.
Lets say, you have a quiet employee who comes in every day and does their job without saying much.
In the work environment, you may never discover their hidden skills.
When heading out on a team building retreat, that same employee may suddenly show leadership skills that could be utilized for the benefit of the company. Often times, employees don’t show their hidden skills or talents in the work environment. Perhaps their current position doesn’t allow them to. Moreover, they may need a relaxed situation to show who they truly are.
In other words, team building retreats can uncover these skills and increase company productivity.
Team Building Retreats Give Employees Shared Experiences
Admit it, the workplace needs more camaraderie. Employees aren’t always going to get along. This can be a productivity stop-gap.
People that have shared experiences tend to fall back on them when times get hard.
For instance, let’s say you took your team out on a rafting trip that unexpectedly turned into a white-water rafting trip. When two employees start to disagree about something in a meeting, one might turn to the other and say, “at least it’s not as bad as those waves!”.
Therefore, the disagreement is laughed off and productivity can continue.
Roles of the Team Are Better Defined
During team building activities, spend some time observing how employees interact with each other. You may spot some obvious clues on how you can re-structure your team for increased productivity.
Hence, activities that require teamwork always bring the true colors out of your valuable employees.
Final Thoughts about Team Building Exercises
Many employees initially dread the thought of being forced to spend time with their co-workers outside of work. However, if the activity is a fun one, the majority of staff will quickly come around and participate.
Here’s an idea, send a poll out to your team with some team building activity options and see what they like best.
Then get ready to have some authentic fun while also increasing productivity back at the office.
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