Team building activities come in all shapes and sizes and will suit different teams. You have to choose between the type of activity, whether it is indoors or outdoors and whether you want it to be a full day or half day. One other thing that you might want to consider is whether you opt for an activity that is competitive or something that requires the whole team to collaborate.
There are some businesses that will try and discourage fun in the workplace and who will steer clear of fun in the workplace or external team building activities, fearing that it could cause too much distraction and negatively impact the overall performance of staff. By doing so, these companies are missing out on a number of opportunities to save money and develop their current team.
Check out the ways fun can give your business a boost:
1. Fun combats stress
Playtime shouldn’t be reserved for children, adults need time to indulge in something enjoyable and fun too. By participating in an activity that gets us moving, makes us laugh, or that sparks our curiosity adults begin to feel more energised, more motivated and less stressed.
2. Experiences create longer lasting memories
As we take part in an activity we are using all five senses and we will often learn more doing something by doing, compared to when are reading or listening. Any lessons learned during a period of fun or activity are therefore more likely to be retained within our memory and any information learnt can be used later.
3. A change of pace shows different sides to a person
When staff relax or partake in fun activities, we often see a different side to them. This allows you to highlight the different personalities within your team and evaluate any strengths and weaknesses. You will get to see how they work and how they interact with people and also what they enjoy doing. This will help you to understand your team more and understand what motivates them other than money.
4. Allowing people to have fun encourages creativity
When different ideas are shared they can develop, which can help teams to identify new opportunities or solve current problems that they may be facing. By allowing teams to have fun, different individuals will often unleash their more creative side, allowing for a workplace that is driven by creative and innovative ideas, which can be worked on with the rest of the team.
5. Humans need interaction
Humans beings are naturally sociable, and most of us need to interact with others face to face. By doing this we develop a feeling of trust and loyalty, and even in some cases friendship, that can be a huge benefit in an office environment and make it a more enjoyable place to work. This feeling of membership ultimately makes staff feel more committed to their team, their work and the company they are working for.
Take a look at some of the ways you can have fun outside of the workplace with Team Building London.
London-born billionaire, Richard Branson, recently released his top tips for success, which have since gone viral. Team Building London often circulate key tips to help your team achieve success, so it was great to be able to read something we could relate to, from a well-known business figure.
Richard Branson identified a number of things that we often blog about. One of the tips he mentions in his recent post was to ‘have fun and look after your team’ and we could not agree more. We wrote a piece recently called ‘Make it Fun And It’ll Get Done” which shows why we agree with Richard.
A pleasant working environment is great for productivity and if it’s not, then it could be time to move on – something echoed by Richard. Continue reading