Let’s start with a quote from Henry Ford:
“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”
If you look at your employees as just part of your staff then that may be what’s wrong with your business. You need to consider your employees as the team that is behind the success of your business and place them on a mission to achieve success.
In order for your business to be functioning and operating properly, it is vital that you have a cohesive team representing the inside of your company. Cohesive teamwork can lead to a number of benefits for your company including but not limited to an increase in productivity, profit and office confidence. However, when employees focus on competing against their co-workers, goals are not met, production slips and profits falls leading to a work environment that is not healthy.
As a business owner and operator or a corporate manager, it is vital that you understand the importance of teamwork and how to increase the overall confidence within the office. Team building games is a great way for cohesive teamwork to be developed. Here are a few ideas:
- Icebreakers. Sometimes companies will choose to take their employees on a retreat for team building; however, not every company can afford such an expensive adventure. One of the best games that you could with would be an icebreaker game. This game would require collaboration between team members allowing them to open up to one another a bit. You could simply sit around a table, start with one employee and go around mentioning one interesting fact about themselves. But to make things interesting, have the next member repeat the previous individual’s name and interesting fact prior to stating their own. Continue this all the way around.
- Trust Thy Partner. Pair the team members together and make sure that the two employees work in separate departments so that maybe they don’t know each other. Once paired, give a blindfold to each team and have them choose one to wear the blindfold. The other individual should take the blindfolded person around a simple course in the room – set chairs, balls, etc. in the way for the person to move around. Then, switch roles. If weather permits, this game can also be played outside.
- Word Creation. This team building game will spark some creative thinking while the team will need to work together to achieve the game’s goal. Divide the employees into groups of four or five and give each person approximately three index cards with a letter on each card. Each team will use these letters to create as many words as possible within a particular amount of time. The team
- Photo Scavenger Hunt. This one will give the team members time to make some memories with one another while buildingup some chemistry. Create a list of 10 places, circumstances or things that can be captured in a
picture – picture with a redsports car, picture with the cutest kid, picture with a business man and his briefcase, picture with a bank teller, picture ofsomething hilarious, etc. Divide your employees into groups of four and provide them with a digital camera. Give the teams atime limit to find as many things on the list as possible, take a picture with the team members present in the photo and meetback.
- Team Volunteering. Split your employees into groups of five or so and have them find something within the community inwhich they can volunteer as a group to help out. This will help the employees to bond with one another outside of the workplace environment and will make them feel good about their accomplishments. If you don’t want to split your employees into groups, go as one large group to a certain community event to provide your assistance. It’s a great way for your employees to get to know each other while helping out the community.
Team building games eliminate the stress that many employees feel because the outcome of the games will not affect their position at work nor does it affect the company itself. It also eliminates the competition that employees feel for one another since they are working together to create success making it an excellent way for your employees to learn how to cope with one another’s weaknesses while appreciating strengths of other members as the entire team is having to rely on the skills that are brought to the table by each team member.