The most valuable assets any company has are its employees. This is the reason is why the human resources department must always include team building activities in their to-do list. A team building activity is also a way to de-stress your employees from Singapore’s fast-paced lifestyle.
But what does it take to have a successful team building? Here are some tips:
- Know more about your employees
Make sure you know more than just your employee’s names; you should also dig a little deeper to avoid some possible problems during your team building activity. For instance, you might schedule seafood barbecue lunch for everyone, but then one of your employees is allergic to anything seafood. You would then have to find something special for this employee or else the rest of the team building’s not going to work for him. Finding out vital information is as easy as handing out a questionnaire, or chatting a bit with your employees from time to time to get this vital information.
- Know your goals
The reason for having a team building is to not just make your people happy, but to also achieve a specific goal. Once you know what your objectives are, you can plan your activities based on achieving this goal. It can be one or more of the following:
- Establish rapport between employees, especially with the new ones.
- Improve communication between team members and/or between the workforce group and the management group.
- Develop teamwork.
- Bring out each individual’s creativity.
- Teach people how to think out of the box.
- Choose activities that are fun and engaging
Although you are planning activities based on your goals, make
sure that they are fun and everyone has a chance to join. If they’re not enjoyable, there’s very little chance that your team building will succeed. If they enjoyed what they did during your team building, the more the lessons will stick in the minds. It will be easier for them to apply what they’ve learned to their daily work.
If you’ve never had a team building before or you are not confident that you’ll be able to pull it off successfully, hiring professionals is the best way to go. They understand perfectly well the ins and outs of team building and the psychology of making people interact.
- Ask for suggestions
Getting your employees involved, even for just a little, will make them look forward to the event because they have been a part of the planning stage. They will “own” it and would surely participate in the activities.
Studies show that people who are happy are more productive, which is why having a team building is advantageous. Successful team buildings will surely give your company a boost.