Advantages of Team Building
The Benefits of Teambuilding
An inevitability of taking part in the workforce is the simple fact that one way or another you can and will end up working with others. Humans by design are a communal species that work best together in groups; large or small, either on the same task or independently performing very different tasks which all contribute to meeting the same goals. It’s an effective system that’s been in place for thousands of years and in fact can even be observed in nature; communal predators such as wolves are observed to hunt in packs and take down larger prey items that they might be unable to bring down individually.
Clearly the system works, but has its own flaws and drawbacks. The primary factor that can make or break a team is internal cohesion; how well to the individuals work with one another within the group. This can be affected positively or adversely by how they feel about each other and how they perceive their presence in the group. Team members that detest one another are less likely to want to interact with each other, and because of that they can impair or halt a team’s progress on a task; like cogs in a machine that refuse to turn for one another and jam up the device they’re attached to.
Teams are nuanced and require a lot of subtle things for them to work as intended. One of the more underrated factors that can sway a team in a favourable or undesirable direction is the simple act of communication. This can be observed in everything from sports, to online gaming, to regular work. Linguists sometimes describe communication as simply the conveyance and exchange of information between multiple parties; for teams this is especially true and essential for their continued operation and existence. Whatever information they can provide to one-another is vital as it gives individuals what they need to make informed decisions that can tip the balance or otherwise aid in the operation of a team. Information allows people to adapt, adjust, and otherwise meet the demands of important problems that need solutions quickly and immediately.
A factor that few ever deem to consider when working as a team is the idea of making a plan and sticking with it. Once a status quo is set for most people, they like sticking with that status quo. Yes, this can be changed and will eventually change as per the eventuality of everything, but this change has to be announced or be gradual and not come out of seemingly nowhere as the sudden shift can cause a shock in the system for the team and derail an otherwise decent performance completely and throw the whole process into complete disarray. Not only that, but it breeds discontent among the people working within the team. Constantly shifting priorities, failure to meet goals, and basically anything that robs them of the satisfaction of a job done influences their perception of the team and leadership and can make them have distrust and active disdain for people responsible for robbing them of these goals.
These a massive challenges that need to be addressed and resolved as efficiently as possible and by basically any means necessary. Thankfully this doesn’t need drastic or radical solutions to resolve but something far simpler; teambuilding exercises.
Teambuilding is a group program designed to make individuals working within a group more effective by both strengthening the individuals that compose the team, and the team in of itself through various activities that enable these changes to happen. These activities can be simple or complex and often rely upon competition or other motivating factors for teams to want to succeed beyond just bragging rights.
The partial objectives of a teambuilding activity are as follows:
- Encourage Fraternization – Being friends with your co-workers and teammates is a surprising motivator and conductor for success. If you are at least on good terms with them and sometimes do favours for one-another it’s no surprise that they will want to do things in return for you. On top of that it allows them to compensate for individual deficiencies quicker and more easily thus sparing the time needed to fix that, and provide needed feedback during downtime.
- Hierarchy Construction – While seen as a controversial system in this day and age with fairly reasonable and important flaws that do actually need to be addressed, the delegation of tasks and construction of a command chain has proven as an effective means of guiding and orchestrating the combined effort of many individuals in a group towards a common goal. As long as a system is in place, no matter how much the whole structure gets shaken up, it will never falter.
- Cite the values of communication – As has already been established the exchange, flow, and processing of information among different people is key as it allows people within the group to make better decisions when faced with different issues or concerns. Activities that necessitate communication such as games where the key component is communication naturally encourage people to want to say what they need to say and when to others which it is hoped will make them realise after the activity is over that they succeeded or failed because of how well they managed to interact with each other and react to whatever relevant information they provided to one another during the exercise.
- Scheduling and Management – The strength of each team and one of the most powerful things that can motivate a team is the ability for a group to collectively achieve set goals at a reasonable pace. This may manifest itself as quotas, objectives, or number of tasks they can complete within a cycle that makes everyone aboard satisfied with the overall results. This means creating a system that allows the team to meet goals, and only have to radically change its set goals when necessary.
These and many more factors are brought up and addressed in most teambuilding programs. Their intended goal is to enhance cohesion and overall performance. Activities are usually fun and engaging, and overall the experience should leave members of the team happy and comfortable with one another. If at least one of these goals have been achieved, then the activity can be considered a success.