Team Building Activities In Practice

Published: 04th October 2011
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Firms are run by teams. Management is a team or a group of teams or even a team of teams and physical production is carried out by teams too. For example, a building firm has a team of office staff and a team of carpenters, plumbers, labourers, electricians and other tradesmen to do the work on site.

Unfortunately, the two teams seldom meet and an 'us and them' attitude may develop leading to a rift in the company as a whole. Team building and company events can help to repair that rift and unite the company in its objective to expand the company and raise its earnings and that of its employees by fulfilling the objectives of its clientele.

Team building events are intended to prevent this schism ever taking place and to repair it if management has not been watchful enough to notice it developing or too ignorant to know what to do about it or to know that it would lead to problems one day. These rifts between office staff and workers used to be common in the days while white collar workers tended to come from the middle class.

Indeed, many people even thought them desirable, in order to keep the workers in their place. Attitudes started to change with the arrival of trades unions, but did not really begin to gain ground until the mid-Eighties and Nineties, although it might be fairer to say that some larger companies and even some countries were ahead of the trend. Smaller, more traditional companies definitely lagged behind.

Team building activities should be adapted to suit the employees that they are intended to unite. First let us differentiate between staff functions and team building. Every firm ought to hold at least one staff party a year for individuals to mingle, meet and let their hair down.

Conventionally, this was the Staff or Firm's Christmas Party. I do not see any reason to transform a tradition that worked well for decades, only because not everybody is a Christian now.

Be real, they never were all Christian, it is merely that you have only become aware of it. You are not going to hold religious services, only have a meal, a few drinks and a dance. That will not offend non-Christians.


Team building activities are a lot more structured and every event has an objective or a quest that has to be completed for that event to be brought to a successful end. Good team building events give the team an unforgettable, unusual experience which will connect them together. It might also give the company something apart from improved profitability.

A team building exercise in this genre might be to create a new firm logo or TV advertisement. Or solving a bottleneck difficulty on a production line or in the office.

One of the best team building activities I ever went to was run by a builders' suppliers. Their company staff hosted an outdoor clay pigeon shooting event. Over the previous year, some members had been trained to shoot and teach others; some had learned sliver service and others had learned to cook. They produced a fantastic event for their 40 best clients which none of us or them has ever forgotten 25 years on.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on a range of topics, but is now involved with team building examples. If you would like to know more, please go to our website at Small Team Building Activities

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