Team Building Process

A Brief Introduction to the Team Building Process

Many companies pay lip service to the team building process, but when it comes down to actually devoting resources to it, they aren’t willing to put their money where their mouths are.  Successful companies, however, are not just successful because of their products and services.  Successful companies make employees feel as if they are part of a team working towards a greater goal.

A company with a poor team building process has difficulty retaining workers and recruiting new talent.  When workers just show up to collect a paycheck, they only do enough to get their managers off their backs.  When workers feel a pride in what they do and believe that it is important for more than just personal reasons they will go the proverbial extra mile to make sure that the job gets done right and that customers are satisfied.

However, how to do you foster a team spirit among workers?

Personal Connections between Workers

The key to the team building process is to make workers feel personally connected to each other as individuals.  In order to achieve this, you must create opportunities where workers can get to know each other.  Weekend retreats can help this to occur.  A well organized retreat will allow workers to join together in fun activities where they play games and do interesting problem solving activities so that workers have time to not only interact together but to get to know about each other’s lives—their marital situations, where they grew up, what is important to them.  These sorts of bonds can help to make the work place feeling like a nurturing family and not a cold, industrial complex.

A Sense of Individual Worth

In addition to feeling personally connected with their fellow workers, vibrant companies also foster a sense of individual worth in their workers.  The team building process requires that individual workers feel as if their ideas are being listened to and that they are valued by the company.  Workers need to have avenues to communicate their ideas not just to each other or to their immediate managers but to higher ups in the company.  The greater the sense workers have that they are being valued, the easier it will be for company managers to check the pulse of the company and head off problems that may occur.

Of course, in order for a company to make workers feel as if they are valued for their opinions, the more time and resources the company will have to spend preparing them for this role.  Workers will not simply put in their two cents because you tell them they can.

Recruiting Team Players

In addition to doing these things, however, the team building process requires you to have the right people in the right place.  Selfish workers—even I if they are the most talented or have made a name for themselves—will destroy the dynamic in the office, making workers feel as if the only thing that really matters is what they do individually.

Find workers who love doing their jobs and give them the opportunity to develop their skills, and you will find that workers work harder, longer, and more efficiently for the company.  Hire workers who have mastered their skills and are bored and you will end up with a stagnant office.  In today’s dynamic business setting, it is better to have a majority of workers who are hungry to succeed rather than an office of big shots ready to rest on their laurels.

Of course, you should also try to get the chemistry right.  A good office team should work together so that the sum of its parts is greater than the whole.