Company benefits have gone beyond health insurance. Corporations, for example, understand the importance of investing in their employees. One of the ways in which companies do this is through team building activities either onsite or off. These activities go beyond the standard company picnic and here is why:
1. Communication: We've all experienced it. Unclear communication or the lack thereof has lead to much frustration at work. Interacting with coworkers in a setting outside of work allows insight into how each individual functions and reacts to challenges outside the workplace. This can lead to better understand on how a person communicates and can translate back to the office environment.
2. Comfort: Getting to know fellow employees and managers away from the desk can lead to commonalities such as favorite sports team, favorite hikes or restaurants. Finding non-work related commonalities allows for colleagues to see one another as people outside of their titles and can lead to more familiarity which will also help with #1 above and water cooler conversations.
3. Challenge: Team building activities that center around a non-work related challenge is key to promoting team cohesiveness. How to achieve this? Find a neutral topic such as wine, who doesn't love wine right? Engaging through a neutral topic that isn't work related allows everyone to learn from one another and build on something they are learning together. No one needs to be an expert but teams will need to work together to achieve a common goal.
If you are a company looking to invest time and money into team building, be sure to consider your goals and the three "C's" above.
And be sure to check out the latest on The Wine Key's Team Building Seminars.
Charlotte Chipperfield, Founder & CEO