Most businesses function through the cooperative efforts of several different individuals, working together in order to accomplish tasks according to a specifically defined set of guidelines. The individuals working on the task are in essence a part of a team, and often the tasks involved can include a varying number of individuals from the employment pool. Most often, businesses are broken down into smaller units of individuals consisting of a supervisor and various team members, all of whom have tasks to complete with the idea of meeting the goal. For example, when you're looking to buy a home you are going to be helped by several people within the office. There are of course the estate agents, but there are also secretaries and managers that will ensure your purchase goes smoothly.
Because of the inevitability of working together day in and day out, many businesses have found that focusing on ways to increase the efficiency of a team can help to increase the effectiveness of the processes as well, which in turn will result in a greater efficiency in terms of customer/client satisfaction and profitability for the business. In order to increase the efficiency of a team, teambuilding exercises are often engaged in. These exercises help familiarize members of the team with each other and with their work habits, which in turn can help members and management when it comes to the assessment of team efficiency. They can also familiarize others with what each person in the office really does.
There are several different approaches to teambuilding. Teambuilding within the business environment is typically defined by the work relationship, and focuses on specific areas of a task, who is assigned to what, and where strengths and challenges are being encountered. Many businesses have found that teambuilding can also be effective outside of the business environment. This is part of the reason behind traditional staff retreats and holidays. In these instances, team members are encouraged to form stronger bonds than would normally be developed at work; in theory and in practice, this often results in a more cohesive unit and thus a team with greater effectiveness at work. For instance, a team member working at a client site can do his or her job more effectively if he doesn't have to worry whether or not other tasks are being completed efficiently back at the office - at least, that's been the experience of the law team found at TPI Lawyers.
Most incarnations of teambuilding, when put forth as the exercise goal, will have specific tasks in mind. Often these manifestations will take the form of games or questionnaires which, though designed to have an element of fun, are also designed to give team members valuable insight into the way they work and the ways in which the other members of the team work. Encouraging this type of thinking often allows members to be more considerate of each other, as well as more effective in their communication. Also, in a sales environment it may help determine which clients looking for an estate agent are better suited for which realtors.
Any teambuilding efforts must have, at heart, the purpose of clarifying the goal of the exercise, inculcating a sense of ownership of the project within all members of the team, and identifying any factors that may inhibit effective teamwork. Though these inhibiting factors may not always be removed, attempts should be made to find resolutions that can mitigate their negative effects on the team. Teams engaging in teambuilding exercises will also gain valuable feedback to determine both strengths and weaknesses of a team. While working there may not be a lot of time to speak to each other about your work. Teambuilding time is great for everything from problems with schedules to finding more cost efficient ways.
When teambuilding exercises are engaged in, it is important to keep in mind that no individual should be specifically focused on during the goal setting or the feedback sessions. This is one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome in the teambuilding process; as people tend to still think as individuals.
Teambuilding is considered an effective and valuable way to increase the effectiveness of any team, and therefore the efficiency of a business. In this section, we will take a look at the process further and make suggestions about effective teambuilding exercises.