Team Building That Actually Builds Teams
The most important step when planning a team-building activity comes at the very beginning: you must start by figuring out what challenges your team faces. Only then can you choose exercises that will be effective in helping them work through these issues.
Team-building activities can be a powerful way to unite a group, develop strengths, and address weaknesses – but only if the exercises are planned and carried out strategically.
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In today's interdependent organizational climate, effective, harmonious teamwork is more important than ever before, and yet interpersonal politicking, poor communication, and lack of coordination between teams remain persistent sticking points for businesses, schools, and government organizations the world over.
Increasingly, leaders are turning to team-building experts to improve cohesion both within and between organizational teams. If your organization has been experiencing similar challenges, you've probably thought about seeking outside help. Before spending time, money, and effort on team-building experts, though, you'll want to know whether or not team building actually works.
Scientific studies into that very question presented a researchers and organizational leaders a scattered picture until 2008, when researchers from the University of Central Florida conducted the first and most robust meta-study of its kind. Their goal: to evaluate the relationship between team training interventions and their outcomes.
To do this, the researchers looked at the data from decades' worth of primary studies and divided the content of training schemes into two categories: task training—which focused on the jobs of individual team members (a waiter's ability to memorize orders, say), and team training—which targeted skills like performance monitoring, leadership, feedback, communication, coordination, decision making, and cooperative problem-solving (waiters checking the accuracy of colleagues' tickets, delegating larger tables to more experienced waiters, or liaising with line-chefs to sell easily prepared dishes).
After reviewing 52 effect sizes representing 1,563 teams, the researchers found that teams who underwent both types of teambuilding interventions—either in isolation or combination—had significantly better work outcomes than teams who received no training. In other words, team training, whether it focused on task work, teamwork, or both, went hand-in-hand with improved organizational outcomes. (Interestingly, the research found no evidence suggesting that task training and team training, when used together, was significantly more effective than interventions that targeted either type of training in isolation).
Of course, that's only the ultimate outcome of the team's work. What about the team itself? Were the team members happier, did they work better together, make smarter decisions, and have better overall attitudes when they'd been through team-building exercises? Once again, the meta-analysis revealed a positive relationship between team training and success in these areas. Those teams that had engaged in team-training had better attitudes, made smarter decisions, developed more effective work processes to achieve organizational goals, and overall, achieved more of those goals.
Whether you're a leader in business, education, or government, you have every reason to make teambuilding a regular part of your organization's training scheme, and luckily, there are today as many consultants offering team-building packages as there are functional models of team-building methods—from Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions to Drexler and Sibbet's Team Performance model (don't ask).
In an effort to bring the benefits of improved teamwork to your school, business, or government organization, Semenyih EcoVenture Resort and Recreation is partnering with smart and innovative teambuilding experts in Kuala Lumpur. Together with our own in-house staff, our partners can offer team-building exercises to suit your organization's needs, budget, and timeframe, from simple prepared packages to multi-day bespoke expeditions. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our sales team, because when it comes to creating memorable experiences and bonding between colleagues, Semenyih EcoVenture Resort and Recreation recommends a three-step remedy: Play hard, get dirty, and have fun!