Team building is an essential for the collaborative efforts of your employees and critical to the overall success of your business.
The definition of team building which many teams go by is an arrangement of formative and instructional exercises expected to plan and empower the general population working to accomplish the objectives of the business in the most proficient ways that could be available. Sounds a bit complicated, right? Well, that’s because far too often there is a lack of clarity in regards to what proper team activities should be.
The truth is team building fails for many reason – some are evident and others most certainly vague.
Here are the top 5 reasons why your team building activities are failing.
Lack of connection between team building and goals of the company /b>
Team building activities vary from from company to company. The key is being able to identify which ones your company needs. If you proceed with team building activities without identifying their connection to your company goals, you are almost guaranteeing the failure of your team building. Your company goals directly affect your bottom line and neglecting to make such a connection will lead to lack of focus and confusion.
Obscure or exclusive company goals
In the business world, we are all moving at 100mph. And as a leader it may seem as though your team is completely unaware of many of the issues you are facing. This might be due to the fact that you have not shared these matters with them. It is important, especially if you are dealing with a small team, to not only set clear goals but to also share those goals with your team.
When the team feels included and everyone is on the same page, team building activities will seem more purposeful.
Focusing only on the professional and neglecting the personal
It was previously stated that a focus of your team building should clearly identify the connection between your company goals and your team building. While this is still entirely true, you must also keep in mind that your team is comprised of people and investing time in the personal development of your team is essential to their personal growth and the growth of your business.
Not allowing a professional to assist with your team building efforts
So you’ve finally gotten to the point where you’re ready to begin planning for the next session of team building. That’s great! This means you have already decided upon the length of the training, the location, and you’ve even contacted the professional trainer that is going to assist you with the training, right? If the answer is no, then you are not prepared to conduct your team building activity.
Unless you are professionally trained in team building activities and presentations it is important that you do not try to do it all on your own. The key is to find a service provider who has experience working with companies the same size close to the same size as yours and have a good reviews from previous clients.