Team work is an often overlooked aspect of business, especially in larger companies: overlooked, but incredibly important. As Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Unfortunately, believing in the power of team work and getting your employees to buy into the concept are two different things. At times, employees can be hesitant to work with one another, especially when two companies, or even two departments, merge. This is where Corporate Team Building comes into play.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
The Difference between Morale Building and Team Building
The term “team building” has become a buzzword in recent years, with many not fully understanding the concept behind it.
There is a difference between morale building and team building. Morale building is designed to…well, boost morale. These activities include company dinners, picnics, and other fun outings. While great for boosting morale, such events do very little to foster a sense of team.
Corporate team building, meanwhile, is designed to bring employees (and employers) together to not only have fun, but also learn to work together in a constructive way. Activities are designed to empower individuals to contribute to a common goal: teamwork.
It involves getting teams to work around a challenge and to be as creative as possible. To let loose and do things differently. To allow the team to express themselves in a different manner that may not be noticed in a workplace setting. Not only do Team members notice your fun side, they also notice your approach to problem-solving, your approach to doing silly things and your approach to play. The same applies to everyone on the team.
At the end of the day, a simple fact stands out through all of this:
People want to hang around and mix around with fun people.
What better opportunity to do so and build bonds through all the funny and hilarious moments throughout the Teambuilding Session?
During most Teambuilding sessions, there will be a Facilitator – who has a keen sense of observation – to provide you with his observations and to pick your brain. He will question your actions and point out the relevant points that sometimes, we are unaware of because they are in our blind spots.
This is where you as a client get the most value: You get unbiased opinions from a third party point of view and sometimes, they can be very powerful points that may create a shift within the individual or the team.
There are instances when such things happen, individuals tend to break down because of the realization they get. These are not tears of sorrow, but rather what I call ‘Tears of Realisation’. Such cathartic moments bond teams together in a way nothing else can and it is established through such games and activities.
You never know when it’ll happen. But when it does, it will change you and your team.
For the better.
Plato really knew what he was talking about when he said,
“You discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation”