The idea of teambuilding exercises will fill some people with a sense of dread. To others, it’s a day out of the office, and I am sure some people do look forward to it. I’m probably a mixture of all three, happy to do something different for the day, don’t want to embarrass myself, and optimistically thinking it could be fun.
However, building a team that works effectively together is much more than one away day. It can be challenging enough to form a cohesive workforce when in the same space. Employers need to manage and motivate different personalities and empower staff at an individual level while promoting collaboration. Add remote working into the mix, and where do you start?
Effective teamwork comes from joint goals and a sense of belonging, personal achievement, and individual motivation to move forward together.
Employers should consider the following to help build teamwork and belonging with workers, whether remote or not.
Finally, I would consider when and how it is appropriate for your team to meet in person. I have heard that some companies are using the money saved from not having permanent office space to hold yearly retreats. While this will work for some companies, it may again feel too much for some of your employees. You need to consider what elements would be compulsory, whether there is something specific you want to get out of the event, or whether this is just about being social and a team connection. Personally, dinner and a few drinks with your co-workers would get my support. Suggest role-playing exercises, and you are likely to find that I’m busy!
Clear communication runs through all of the team-building ideas above. Listen to what your team needs, be flexible, and make the work environment inclusive for all. Get the best out of your team by making them feel part of something great.
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