Why are the employees reluctant to go for trips? Many would give an excuse as mundane as no one to look after their pet cat or need to be around their children during the holidays.
For them, going on team building trips is a complete waste of time as it is tearing them away from their work desk would mean that they would come back later to office with a mountain high of paperwork. Now, this is from the view point of the employees but from the viewpoint of the employer, their end result is to reach specific goals for their team members. For example, when one MNC decided to get their sales team to climb Mt Kinabalu, their sales team members were apprehensive as they had never climbed Mt Kinabalu before and they have only 2 months to prepare. This activity was chosen by the management so that the sales team members would develop rapport and trust amount the group members. They were broken up into a group of 4 members and they had to work together and push each other to reach the peak. The winning group would be the one to reach the peak first. It was a great challenge, as they not only had to fight within themselves to not give up but reach the peak but also not to disappoint their group members as they wouldn’t want to be the reason that their group member lost to the other competing groups.
This activity is useful for building effective working relationships because people are doing something unfamiliar, leading them to depend on each other to reach the peak.
Creatively designed programme proved that company retreats do achieve something useful rather than nothing. The programme must beside having fun along the way also apply something back to their work place.
Then they will understand how the skills developed at team building can become a workplace habits, a productive one, and reaching the specific goals of the company.
An engaged vs. disengaged employee
All companies want to have an engaged employee to that of an disengaged employee. For example, an engaged employee would want to see the company succeed, he is fully involved in and enthusiastic about his work in the company. He is someone who is exceeding the call of duty in his work. In short, an engaged employee loves his job and his company.
A disengaged employee on the other hand showed a “Don’t care” attitude, would often drop equipment, waste materials, and often not accepting any responsibility for their work, being late for work, do as they were told and knocked off at the end of the day at the exact time every day, never a minute over the working time.
To start things off, you can start off with boosting staff’s morale.
Take the staff away from office setting and get the team members to compete against each other. Employee’s morale improved just by getting out and playing on the field together. They will return to office, feeling refreshed and a new mind set about their work tasks.
Initially the team members felt that team building was a waste of time but when the time gets nearer, everyone was beginning to become curious of what is going to unfold for the rest of the day.
We usually start off with a “Get to Know You” icebreaker. Then we played several games to loosen up everyone. These games require a balance, trust and teamwork and especially communication. These games would generate a lot of ideas, as lightbuld within oneself begin to light up one by one, and the ideas generated here could be applied to their work.
There was a renewed sense of camaraderie, and how each team member react to certain situations. We paired people from different department, ie. not familiar with each other before the event start. It would open up communication among the employees from different department.
Above are just a few points to embark on a Purpose Driven Team Building for the company employees. We will continue to share our ideas again in the next few articles.
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