Team Building: Art, Craft, Rocket Science?

Team Building: Art, Craft, Rocket Science?

The Team Building Week at Nearsoft is just around the corner and we’re all looking forward to it. In a few weeks, we’ll all be flying off to the Hermosillo offices to get together, work, and play.

How important is this to the success of a simply great team? How does learning how to build a team affect the quality of the outcome for the better? Well, one thing’s for sure, great work is only as great as the team behind it!

For some, however, team building sometimes seems to be as complicated as rocket science, but we don’t think so.

Get a Great Facilitator

Team building is one of those topics that make people sigh. For many, the first thing that comes to mind are those sometimes silly exercises that force people into some sort of awkward role play. It doesn’t take long before the participants wish it would end. A great deal of this perception is the quality of the facilitator.

Keep It Simple

The “secret” in making team building work is to keep things normal and playful. Avoid situations that could feel invasive, awkward, or unnatural, particularly in the case of teams with very mixed age groups and personality traits.

How Should It Be Done?

According to the Harvard Business School, a connected team is a motivated team. There are ways to circumvent this initial awkwardness and fulfill the goal of providing a great bonding experiences for co-workers.

Volunteering

The best activities are those that the entire team feels proud to participate in, such as helping others. For example, at Nearsoft people have come together to help the community in the towns we have a presence in.

It can be an incredibly rewarding experience that encourages interaction outside of the workspace.

Physical Activities

Sports make for superb outings that allow employees to work and exercise together. But watch out, playing some sports may get you a few bruises. Sports that could result in injury aren’t as effective as milder, non-contact options, such as bowling or pool.

And, nope, playing Smash Bros and Halo don’t count.

Field Trips

Simple, casual trips such as visiting a park or museum or going to a baseball game can work wonders for your team. Companies like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters offer a more extreme example, they send employees to Guatemala to learn more about the coffee-making process.

Professional Development Activities

Quality workshops give teams the opportunity to stay up to date and develop professional relationships in new settings.

Group Lunch

Eating regularly with your team allows for casual conversation, and will make it easier for team members get to know each other outside the office. In the case of remote workers, make sure that they get to go out to lunch with others when they visit the office. Don’t let the shy ones go out on their own.

Introverts?

Some people are low-profile, quiet, or “introverts.” Don’t underestimate or segregate them, their being quiet does not mean that they have nothing to contribute. They could be bring balance to a team. Make sure that the “wallflowers” are given a chance.

And Finally …

It’s not rocket science.

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