Why Team Building: Improve productivity

Event planners, managers, facilitators, or anyone else involved in planning a team building event inevitably face the question asked by C-level execs, comptrollers, or stakeholders:  “Why do team building? What are the benefits, and is it worth the time and money we spend?”

We're addressing this question in a series of blogs focused on the benefits of team building. Last week we showed how team building improves communication and participation.This week, the ultimate result:  improved productivity.

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All of the benefits we have in this series that one obtains from team building exercises and games - improved communication, cohesion, participation, morale, initiative, ownership, and conflict management - mean that your team will work more consistently toward common goals and less at cross-purposes.

This is because, after engaging in team building exercises, members of your team are more likely to recognize and trust the strengths of co-workers and feel more confident about their own ability to contribute. Sometimes simply knowing that, say, that shy woman from Accounting in Phoenix is a wiz at Excel pivot tables can save the organization hours of wasted labor.

It's also because, by raising the morale of your team and improving unit cohesiveness, you will see reduced absenteeism, higher levels of commitment, and the willingness to give the extra effort that often spells the difference between success and failure on a project or initiative.

The result is increased productivity, both of individual team members and of the team as a whole. This is not simply a theoretical result, but one reported by many organizations after a fun, successful team building event.

It's one thing to say so, however,and another to be able to demonstrate measurable impacts.

That's why we will devote future efforts to showing some practical, low-cost ways to measure the results of team building in your organization.

Watch this space in 2011.

 

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