When notifying employees of the next team building event, the typical response is, “What? Do they really think I have time for this?”
Cynics come out from everywhere when the email is sent that the next team-building event is mandatory.
The most difficult task in producing a successful team building event or seminar is getting those naysayers to understand that team building leads to a more positive and productive working environment with less stress.
Here are three ways to get naysayers to engage in successful team building.
1. Create meaningful projects
Many companies that specialize in team building are finding success by adding meaningful activities for employees.
Philanthropic challenges can have impact and personal value. For example, employees can build prosthetic hands and learn that they’ll be donated to people who need them and can’t afford them.
Anytime you can add an emotional impact with the employee, the more helpful and fulfilling it will be.
It also helps to move the event somewhere offsite if available. Being outside at a park or in a rented meeting place like a hotel can be more exciting.
2. Reprogram employee behavior
We can assume that when the culture is suffering or when the culture is thriving, people can feel the difference. Results improve when culture is healthy. A healthy culture produces a happy (and productive!) employee.
They can do certain tasks for the team building event and relate it to their duties with the company. The key is to move the conversation past the activity and focus more on the productivity that is possible for the process.
Team building can help employees get back to the basics to better understand their role and how it helps the company. Clarity here can go a long way.
This is an excellent chance to find new rewards for employees that recognize their great work.
It will also present clear opportunities for leaders to emerge. If you have a new manager or supervisors on board, or one that has been waiting in the wings to emerge, team building creates opportunities for potential leaders to perform and prove they can be effective.
3. Document results
Many companies forget to keep track of the results from team building. Hiring a freelance photographer or getting someone on staff to take photos is essential for documentation.
Often times, team building motivates employees to give back more to the community in the future. If team building inspires employees to form a team to run in a local charity’s 5K, participate in a park or river cleanup or even plant a new tree in the company parking lot, make it known that you’re participating in a community aspect.
When you can document and publicize these instances, whether within the company or to the community, it can create a great sense of pride with the employee and garner a great reputation for the company.
Invite your social media coordinator to participate and encourage him or her to think of positive ways to showcase your team building event in the social space.