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Fostering a healthy workplace is crucial to seeing long term success. Your team members need to form real bonds, not just superficial friendships.
It’s certainly not the easiest thing to accomplish, as many of you already know. Getting people to set aside personal differences and work together takes time and effort.
One great way to start building inter-office relationships is through office team building exercises.
All of those team meetings and roundtable discussions actually have an impact on your office moral.
Investing time in fun team building activities makes all the difference in the long run. Here’s why.
Competition = Motivation
Friendly competition can motivate your staff to strive for success. No one likes to lose, much less to another employee.
Split your office into small teams and set up office milestones. Whichever team sells the most product per month wins!
Not only will everyone stay motivated, but team members can work together to strategize how to improve their sales techniques.
Breaking Down The “Work Barrier”
Too often people come to the office, do their job, and leave. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn’t foster any office friendships.
Take some time to hold open forums where people can talk about their personal lives.
If your workplace condones it, happy hours are actually a great way to break down the stuffy “office” personas many people develop.
A little social lubrication can get people out of their shell and discussing their likes, dislikes, hobbies, and more.
If happy hours aren’t your thing, keeping Friday’s casual also work. Encourage social hours at the end of the week when everyone is in a good mood.
Building Team Spirit
There’s a reason the saying goes “There is no I in team.” People tend to work better when they feel like they’re a part of something bigger.
It’s the same reason professional athletes are expected to form bonds with one another.
Work ethic, office pride, and productivity are all improved when your employees feel like they’re relying on each another to accomplish a goal.
Inclusiveness Breeds Ideas
People do their best work when they feel like their opinion matters. After all, no one’s going to speak up when everything they say is dismissed.
Fostering an inclusive intellectual environment ensures that your office is utilizing all of its resources.
Imagine if someone had a million dollar idea, but was afraid to speak up. That can happen if people aren’t welcoming.
Encourage all of your employees that there is no such things as a bad idea.
Everyone Need A Break
Team building exercises are the time when your employees get to unwind around the office and have fun.
Stressful work environments don’t help anyone focus at best, and at worst stifle creativity.
There’s a reason the Google’s and Apple’s of the world offer laid back work environments.
If you’re on the fence about starting a team building curriculum around the office, don’t wait. Investing in a cohesive office environment will pay for itself in the long run.
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