Given the broad nature of team building, it is no surprise that many organizations are uncertain about its necessity. The benefits of team building do not result overnight as your team will not start working well straight away. However, despite this, team building is still seen as the core of all well-functioning teams, and has been proven to be one of the most important tools for all teams. The importance of team building can be narrowed down into five reasons.
Facilitates better communication – Communication is key to all successful teams. A lack of open communication results in issues arising in personnel and work. Thus, the better a team is able to communicate with each other, the better quality of work will be produced and higher productivity levels will follow.
Improves teamwork – There is no ‘I’ in Team, therefore being able to work together is crucial. Team-building tools allow team members to understand each other on a better level, and therefore recognize what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are. In turn, they are able to apply this knowledge to projects and group work.
Builds trust – Trust is essential for every effective team as it provides a safe space for team members to express their ideas and opinions. When trust is present in a team, people tend to work better together more efficiently. Ultimately, trust leads to team development.
Promotes creativity – Creativity inspires employees to work through issues and to build upon ideas. An encouragement of collaboration will lead to greater work being produced by the team.
Identifies roles and responsibilities – Team success depends not only on how its members do something but also what they do. Team building allows team members to recognize their own role and responsibilities and how it fits into the overall team. Having a clear understanding of personal goals and objectives will allow team members to work harder.
We all laugh at Michael Scott’s antics in Ricky Gervais’ The Office but if a workplace such as Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc. were to actually exist, it would be safe to say that the workplace environment would be extremely toxic.
Toxic workplaces tend to have high levels of employee turnover.
The opposite of a toxic workplace is one that has a thriving collaborative culture – this is the gold standard of work environments. Google and Apple are tech companies that are often cited as the ideal workplaces but according to Indeed, Adobe, Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Live Nation and Intuit were the top 5 rated workplaces based on 150 million ratings and reviews. Apple came in 18th position and Google did not make the top 50 list (but United Airlines did).
So, what do all these workplaces have in common? Is it exceptional office decor? Free lunches? Or early mark Fridays? No, it is the team culture that exists. When a group of people work towards a common goal and shared purpose, they become a team. But just because people are working together towards a common goal, does this mean they are working together effectively?