The Importance of Team Building
The Importance of Team Building can’t be understated in the context of business settings. I know what you’re thinking – ‘they’re trying to sell their product so they would say that anyway’. If we were in your shoes, we’d probably be thinking the same thing.
Well, at Team Works, we go above and beyond to create memorable team building experiences. These will help improve morale, trust and also allow participants to show their skills in a fun and informal setting. From our experience, we know that team building activities like ours contribute to better employee satisfaction, increased trust amongst teams and new leaders rising to the top. All in all, this will lead to better performance and productivity in the workplace. But back to the point, ‘they’re going to say that anyway’.
Team Building Research
Let’s look at the research on team building. A study by Salas et al. (2012) (I feel like I’m back in college writing a paper here) showed that team building activities can improve trust and team effectiveness when done right. Bailey et al. (2016) found that team building activities can improve employee engagement and job satisfaction. Johnson and Johnson (2019) (don’t ask if they’re related as I don’t know) found that team building activities can improve team performance, especially in tasks that require cooperation and communication.
That’s all well and good. But are there any statistics that show that these activities translate into improved relations in the workplace? (You probably know where I’m going with this). The answer is, of course, yes! Here are a few examples;
- A study by Gallup found that highly engaged teams are 21% more productive than teams with low levels of engagement.
- A survey by TINYpulse found that employees who feel they have strong relationships with their co-workers are 7 times more likely to be engaged in their work.
- According to a report by the Human Resources Management Association, team building activities can lead to a 12% increase in productivity.
- A study by the University of Warwick found that happy workers are 12% more productive than their unhappy counterparts.
However, the big caveat between all of these papers is obviously linked to the type of activity undertaken and also the level of support from management. A number of studies found that workshops etc in the office didn’t get the desired levels of effect as they just felt like another day of work. These studies showed that the most memorable team building days are ones that don’t feel forced. They need to be a day ‘away from the office’. And that’s where we come in. We deliver a team building day either onsite or in our locations. It is all go. It is full of fun and laughter. And it is designed to bring your team together and get them communicating in an informal setting.
Why don’t you get in touch today and we’ll give you more information into exactly what we do.