Tips for Better Team Building in the New Year
Has productivity around your office screeched to halt? Have your people run out of new, invigorating ideas? Is your team bogged down by daily tasks and unable to focus on the big picture? With the arrival of the New Year, now is the perfect time to venture out of the office for an out-of-the-box approach to team building. Here are a few tips to ignite workplace motivation.
Kick It Into Gear
High-energy, physical activities are excellent, nontraditional ways to get your team to practice cooperation and quick, on-your-feet thinking and problem-solving. Sports and outdoor exercise are as fun as they are collaborative, and your staff is sure to enjoy the fresh air. Charlotte Arrangements offers team building activities for all athletic levels and interests, transforming free time into a productive and entertaining way to ignite your staff’s imagination.
Take a test drive at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in a stock car, race Segways, or take a swing at an indoor golf night. For the more adventurous, Charlotte Arrangements also offers sporting events and white water rafting during summer months.
Just minutes outside of Charlotte in nearby Monroe, N.C. is Xtreeme Challenge, an outdoor team-building mecca with more than two dozen ropes courses, zip lines, and trails. Their trained guides are well versed in the psychology of team building and can help you and your team reach your goals, regardless of your dynamic.
Create a Common Goal
Being part of a team means feeling part of something larger than yourself, and successful team building exercises will do just that. During your team-building outing, be sure to spend time brainstorming a common purpose that your staff agrees upon, understands, and supports.
To provide encouragement, it’s often helpful to bring in a motivational speaker or let a team leader act as a motivational speaker. Improv comedy workshops are also becoming increasingly popular team-building activities. Workshops like the one’s Charlotte Comedy Theater offers provide just the inspiration your team needs. The same improv principles used in comedy shows will help your staff collaborate in fun new ways through active listening and saying “yes” instead of “no.”
While working on corporate goals, it’s also important to take the time to demonstrate appreciation for all that your team has already achieved.
Learn to Work Together
Achieving goals in the workplace is often about finding ways for team members to interact in more productive ways. Team Builders Plus offers several activities that promote team building, like “Taking Flight With DISC,” a humorous look at how different personalities can clash in the office and how to avoid such problems by striving to understand others.
The program is based on the DISC behavioral theory created by psychologist William Marston and focuses on four behavior types: Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance. The session is designed to help team members understand and respect one another through dynamic, interactive exercises. Participants will receive personalized reports to aid in establishing more productive relationships, and a group report addresses potential blind spots and how to mitigate them.
Your team can also easily work on in-office relationships by playing simple, yet effective, ice breaker-style games. Usually, all you need is willing participants, a good imagination, and some office supplies!
Let Us Take You There
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*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2013. However, it has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.