Why team building is the best investment your company can make

Team building has a bad rap. In most companies when a supervisor says, “We’re going to do some team building!” employees start re-running old episodes of The Office. It’s one thing to see it on TV, but getting a real-life taste of your manager mimicking Steve Carell’s insanely-awkward-try-hard leadership style just isn’t as funny.

Despite its reputation for being, well, lame, team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line. It can also be adventurous and enjoyable if you do it with a little pizzazz.

 Here are the ground rules that apply when it comes to planning activities for your people.

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Don’t force the corporate stuff

The most successful, memorable team-building events are ones that don’t feel like a day at the office. Activities that overtly aim to draw in leadership lessons or practical takeaways are less powerful. Spending time together, sharing an experience or working towards a common goal  allows bonding to happen more organically and far more effectively.

Fitness Qatar offer “just for fun” events as well as those focussed on specfic learning outcomes BUT the focus is always on enjoyment.

Ditch the company picnic

It turns out that happiness and learning are tied very closely together. Trying new things with your staff can generate good vibes among employees, which in turn benefits the business itself. Choosing something unique and slightly outside of people’s comfort zones can encourage them to come together in new ways.

When I found out a member of one of our teams was afraid of heights – and had always hoped to conquer that fear – we took the whole crew to the country’s longest zipline. Being thrust into a thrilling situation, 600 feet above Whistler, helped us all gel that day.