Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.” For your business to find success like Ford did, it comes down to teamwork.
Sometimes good teams are natural. Many times, however, you have to work hard to understand each other. Being a team isn’t about producing a “shining star” or doing whatever the manager tells his or her employees to do. Rather, it is a chance for everyone to collaborate and strive towards the common goal, contributing their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the business. You will never regret spending quality time developing strong, positive relationships with your colleagues.
To help your company foster healthy working relationships, here is a list of top tips for team building:
- Choose activities that engage the entire group. Team members need to feel safe and valued, be comfortable and have fun for the activity to be successful.
- Give back to the community. Volunteering with your group has positive benefits on the community and your employees.
- Get out of the office. Whether you take a walk around a local park or head to the best coffee shop in town, employees will appreciate a chance to take a break from the daily grind. Go on a fieldtrip to a zoo, art gallery or museum, just for fun. This is a great way to get to know new co-workers, too!
- Be active. Fitness activities can be hard to incorporate when you have a large group of individuals with varying interest levels and physical abilities. Consider breaking up your larger group into smaller interest groups to participate in yoga or dance classes, walking groups and other fitness opportunities. Taking the time to reward your employees for participating in healthy group activities will go a long way, too.
- Offer opportunities for professional development. Sign your team up for a local conference that relates to your business. Register for webinars and podcasts that you can all listen to in the office—maybe even in the coziest conference room!
- Break bread together. Sharing a meal is one of the most relaxed environments for getting to know people. Use this time to eat, relax and forget about work for a while. Maybe this meal is a company-wide picnic or a Happy Hour after work to celebrate a colleague’s personal or professional milestone. You could even move one of your strategy meetings to a frozen yogurt shop for a change-of-pace.
- Make room for spontaneity. Everyone needs a brain break from time to time. Send out an informal email announcing a company-wide paper airplane contest or share some work/family-friendly jokes that will get everyone chuckling. Some of the best activities and longest-lasting memories are from spur-of-the-moment ideas.
Natural, positive and encouraging environments tend to grow strong, healthy and productive relationships between employees, managers and executives. When you engage your team in relevant and memorable activities, you also boost morale. And when your crew is working together happily, there you will find your success.
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