Hello, my name is Jef Menguin. I lead the Philippine Team Building Facilitators, a division of Business Innovation. We design and facilitate team building experiences that make it easy for your teams to learn, try, and apply winning behaviors that will help your company achieve your objectives faster and better. Team building experiences may…
- Bring people together
- Boost productivity
- Engage employees
- Build personal accountability
- Encourage creativity and innovation
- Improve team communication
- Increase sales and build champions
- Create Wow! customer experiences
Every Team Has Challenges
Today’s workplace faces many problems. Many employees are disengaged; they are too busy coping with stress and deadlines that they don’t have time to plan for team building exercises that improve performance.
Too many things keep falling the cracks. One department head won’t cooperate with another. Managers find themselves spending huge amount of time mediating subordinate disputes. Such symptoms often lead prudent managers to realize that it’s time to hold another team building exercises.
Unfortunately, one-size fits-all team building packages can’t help you. Because team building isn’t an event or a series of activities.
It is the responsibility of team leaders to build teams everyday. A team building event cannot make organizational problems disappear. In fact, most team building programs that many of us have experienced can only provide away-from-work intramural experiences.
However, well-planned and excellently-executed team building experiences can provide your team many benefits.
Wise managers know that the purpose of team building go beyond playing games and building rapport — team building experiences that work increase engagement, improves productivity, strengthen culture, delight customers, and accelerate corporate growth.
Experiences Help Build High Performance Teams
High performance teams get things done better and make things happen. Although most team building efforts are geared towards building stronger relationship, the real purpose of team building is to help a team fulfill its purpose.
Yes, the first measure of a successful team is its ability to deliver what it is created for. You will find below some of the benefits of team building experiences to your teams.
1. Team building experiences bring people together.
Businesses are moving away from competetive work environments to cooperative and collaborative workplaces. Undertaking regular collaborative (instead of combative) team building activities can bring people to creatively solve problems together.
While some people see team building as “nice break” from work, team building exercises have more important purposes for the organization: it develop the team knowledge and skills of your employees. Team building activities designed to meet the purposes and objectives of your organization is the real team building.
2. Team building experiences improve team productivity.
Hold team building exercises to improve productivity of individuals and teams. Team building exercises can be used to create the opportunity to identify ways to improve three Ps ((policies, processes and procedures) that can affect productivity.
Using games and design thinking tools, our team building exercises encourage employees to learn to work together more effectively, reduce duplication of effort so they can work more effienctly, and focus on activities that really matter.
Do you know that you can use team building exercises so your teams can learn how to handle workplace stress and improve time management?
Teams with unengaged and unproductive members don’t get the job done. Build your teams with us. Go beyond playing games and aim for improvement in team performance and relationship.
3. Team building experience energize employee engagement.
The team building exercises we design for clients not only help improve team skills, it also improves team motivation. This is because the experiential activities we provide increase employees confidence in individual and team accountability. We use positive behavioral psychology and gamification so your team become more involved in their personal and professional growth.
4. Team building experiences strengthen sense of personal accountability.
Most people shun accountability because the word appears in conversation mostly when people are looking for someone to blame. Properly designed activities can change mindset and behavior. Through fun, safe, and engaging team building games, employees experience how to move from indifference to sense of ownership, finding solutions, and making things happen.
Accountability can be learned through games. Accountability is a skill that can be acquired in team through able facilitation and mentorship. Through group dynamics, you’ll discover how people can change their questions so they can find the best answers, and then 10X their results.
5. Team building experiences encourage creativity, innovation, and design thinking.
The team building exercises we use encourage people to re-discover their inner creative person. During these activities, you will see them smiling and growing in confidence.
Your organization needs creative and innovative people. You need people with diverse perspectives and expertise in order to “cross-pollinate” the organization with ideas. Our team building exercises help people use their imagination so they can come up with creative solutions — and cultivate that creativity in the workplace.
6. Team building experiences build open and honest communication.
The most obvious result of our team building exercises is improved communication. Our enjoyable, fun activities enable employees to know each other, create better understanding of each others values and break down walls of mistrust. These exercises let them appreciate their similarities and respect their differences.
I have conducted team building programs, through games, that help participants navigate across cultures. To improve team performance, team members must learn how to celebrate diversity.
7. Team building experiences enable champion sales teams.
Every year, sales organization try to motivate people through team building. Smart managers know that team building can go beyond motivation. Team building exercises can actually help your team members learn how to sell, negotiate, and keep clients.
Your team can gain new knowledge on how to sell through sales training. But team building exercises, being experiential, can help people develop champion selling skills. Sales rallies often fail to enjoy the benefits that excellent team building can offer to improve performance.
8. Team building experiences provide a venue for designing wow! customer experiences.
Yes. Because customer experience is a team effort. We use gamification and design thinking to help your team develop common vocabulary in creating customer experiences.
Most customer service training fail because they are based on individual efforts to serve the customers need. Teams who care enough about customers plan and execute experiences that delight customers. You can increase customer loyalty through fun and creative team building exercises.
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