5 Benefits Of Team Building After Covid 1911 February 2021
By Al Weinberg, Program Director – Carolina Creek
I’ve always been a big fan of corporate Team Building events. I love the camaraderie that is built, I love the “Ah-ha” moments that are collectively gained, and most of all, I enjoy seeing teams walk away with a renewed commitment to success, realizing, “We can do this!”
1.Restart rather than reopen. Now that things are reopening, there’s a temptation to get back into the swing of things — reopen running “business as usual,” including bad habits, ineffective systems, etc. What would it look like if you restarted as opposed to reopening? If you were to do it all over again what would you change? What would you keep doing? What have you learned that you want to do differently as you go forward? Taking time away to reflect will help your team evaluate the opportunities at hand to change, grow, and in some cases to abandon.
2. Reestablish Trust. Your team has heard that phrase, “In these uncertain times” a thousand times by now. Patrick Lencioni asserts in his classic book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team that “Trust is the building block of every good thing your organization will achieve. A team of highly trained, motivated professionals who don’t trust one another is like a formula one race care with a flat tire. ”
3. Create a Common Language. When you went to Sunday school as a kid the answers were always, “Jesus,” “Read your Bible,” and “Pray.” The more we facilitate Team Building experiences for different organizations, the answer seems to always be, “communication.” Everyone agrees that communication is always in need of improvement. But what they really mean is that everyone, BUT them, needs to work on communicating. Creating a common language helps people communicate effectively and efficiently.
4. Identifying Your Win. A well planned team-building experience can help your team identify what is truly important. What does a win look like for your organization? It may sound crazy but without some clarification, teams have multiple wins that they are individually striving for. Consequently, people feel like they are losing and alone in their pursuit of a win at work.
5. Building Positive Memories. Most people spend 40+ hours a week at work, so wouldn’t it be great if people enjoyed their time? Team Building days provide laughter, camaraderie, and positive memories for your team but more importantly with your team. Even though you may all work at the same organization it doesn’t mean that you work with each other, or even see each other every day. These types of experiences tend to bring people together, strengthen friendships, and help people gain an appreciation for each other. The memories made through Team Building experience are the memories shared at someone’s retirement party. They are more powerful than just another day at work, they become the stories we tell for years to come.