OK time to write about team buildings and their importance 😀 .
In my opinion any respectable company should organise once in a while a team building to insure and strengthen team unity within the organisation. Now we should consider the fact that there is no absolute value and we can only estimate what a thing is worth to us(Charles Dudley Warner), so depending on the worth you (unconsciously) give your organisation, you pay more or less for it’s members to act as one unit. I said in the previous post that time equals money so as soon as your employees start working as a team(here I mean the ), all of them reaching for the same goal though having different activities / tasks, the company’s productivity will surely increase, I can even say that it will bloom, which means more “dinero” for the organisation and into (almost) everybody’s pockets, so the time spent in forming the team will slowly but certenely be repaid. Once reached that peak it’s hard to maintain yourself there but that’s another story.
Let’s stop for the time being from talking about the purpose of team buildings and let’s see how many types of team buildings there are and what do they consist of.
To start with I should mention that there are 2 forms of team building, outdoor and indoor types.
Outdoor team building splits into Hard (water, aer, earth based sports/activities: as rafting, climbing, survival exercise scenarios: Team vs Wild; or Paintball/Laser Tag simulating real-life combat scenarios) and Soft ( programs based on ingenuity, fast thinking, coordination and setting priorities to solve unexpected problems) activities. I’ve already mentioned 2 of the most successful team building methods, Team vs Wild and Paintball both simulating real life scenarios, both needing the involvement of all the members to be completed and strengthening more than others the bonds between them.
As well as outdoor team building the indoor type splits into Individual Development Programmes, Survival Simulations (it’s some kind of solution finding team game if you ask me to see how each individual will react to different situations in theory), Business Simulations (yes it sounds like Donald Trump’s Apprentice and yes it’s based on the real/possible business problems/situation ) and, if earlier we had individuals now we have groups, I mean the Group Development Programmes (to keep it short it’s the team’s behavior evaluation).
And to end this post I’ll mention one of the funniest & stangest team buildings that I know of, the Drink Building(and I’ve been at 2 of them already). Yes you’ve heard right, drink building….the only drinking game in the team building book, where the company’s employees build up on their booze resistance:)). Good one no? I like that version too but it’s not at all correct or better said it’s more to it than meets the eye. The concept of drink building is that you try to loosen existing/potential tensions in communication between employees using food and drinks(fed people are more sociable 😛 ) and till the end of the night/day you have yourself a party 😉