Team building is the backbone of the workplace. It’s a continuous process where team members work together with support and respect to achieve a common goal. Team building essentially means more ‘we’ and less ‘me.’ Thus, it is the root for teamwork and smoother communication. Lack of team building can negatively impact morale, trust, and general productivity, leading to ineffective decision-making.
With the work culture turning remote due to the pandemic, team building and team effectiveness should be of the highest priority. It ensures clear communication, reduced conflict, and increased output. (You can also check our Team Building guide here)
At Springworks, we strongly abide by one of our company culture values, “err on the side of over-communication.” This value results in crisp, clear communication throughout, ruling out any miscommunication within the team, resulting in team collaborations and everyone staying in the loop. This works hand in hand with another motto: “do it as a team.” In all, it helps maximize learning and output.
Benefits of Better Team-Building:
1. Communication– At any organization, communication is the key to success. In a team, effective communication is one which is crisp, clear, and understood by all. A research states, 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures making communication a key to better teams. Some effective strategies to encourage communication within the team (especially remote) are:
- Encourage transparency and honesty within the team. When working remotely, it can often be challenging to get hold of people; thus, establishing the proper channels for a-sync communication (eg: Slack) is essential. Practices such as sending goals, tasks before starting the day, progress, and daily updates at the end of the day can help keep track and everyone looped in.
- To keep everyone on the same page, make it a priority to have regular meetings to catch up on work-related wins, goals, and projects. Encouraging face-to-face communications and help a long way.
- Keep the content, tone, and medium of expression clear. Remote communication is, for the most part, written. Thus avoid words that may create confusion or conflict and induce ambiguity within the team.
2. Morale– Humans are social animals. We thrive on interactions and belongingness. Team building can help give a dopamine boost to the system, ensuring happiness and improved motivation to perform. It’s almost like when you’re going on a war with an army by your side, won’t it feel safer than waging one alone? Being a part of the team helps increase reward and confidence in oneself and others.
3. Creativity – Team building can improve innovation by almost 15%. A team is often diverse, with different perspectives and ideas. Thus, team building can encourage learning, problem-solving, creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and bonding. This, in turn, can help better understand each other’s personalities and communication styles making it a winning team.
Bonus win: Your team may actually end up winning that Scavenger Hunt!
4. Increase Employee Engagement– A happy team = happy individuals. Thus, it boosts employee engagement. It also reduces turnover, minimizes absenteeism, and builds a psychologically safe space for employees. Therefore, they are willing to go the extra mile and feel connected with its mission, vision, and plan resulting in reduced turnover. This will lead to positive work culture and organizational climate, which would contribute to happier teams. It’s pretty much a loop you’d benefit from! ( You can check out our tried and tested engagement guide here)
5. Increase Flexibility– Teams which are close-knit are more flexible. When everyone is aware of each other’s roles and responsibilities, team members are willing to pitch in if one person is unable to complete a certain task. This helps overcome obstacles, build trust, and simplifies working together. Collaboration> Competition.
How EngageWith helps?
EngageWith pulse can help track various team-building metrics, giving a clear picture of where your team stands on specific parameters compared to other teams and over a period of time. This allows gain insight into the team and curbs any chance of conflict or crisis. It further helps build an actionable plan for your team, strategize, and provides transparency and communication. Thus, it will help move the teams towards more productive zones by identifying weakness and eliminating it.
Shorter surveys would mean faster data and better decisions on your fingertips!
Metrics of EngageWith Team Building:
Task Handling– Task handling reflects task distribution, communication, and the process of working in a team on a particular task. A team is built to maximize outputs on tasks, and this metric measures precisely that.
Roles– In a team, each member has a specific function. Thus role building and role clarity are of absolute essence in a team to avoid miscommunication and conflict. This metric measures role orientation, collaboration, responsibility, etc.
Team Relationship– Focuses on the individual’s perception about being in a team. This can help narrow down if an issue lies within the perception of one individual or the team in itself.
Inter-team relationship– This metric measures ease of collaboration, goal, inter-group support, respect, and trust within the team. Thus, it gives an overall picture of the smoothness of the team.
Skill and learning– This helps reflect on learning as a team and within a team, initiatives taken by other members, methodology, variety of skillset in the team, and motivation to learn.
Commitment– Commitment to the team measures psychological commitment aspects such as conflict resolution, personal responsibility, pride in being a part of the pack, and feedback. Feedback in the team process is an important concept to encourage the team as a whole. Thus, EngageWith allows the option of anonymity so that the ‘what’ instead of the ‘who’ is focused on better.
As a company, the most significant asset is the people. When these people come together and combine their knowledge and expertise, big things are bound to happen. Investing in building collaborations and doing things as a team can never fail you- so go ahead, trust the team and take that leap! Oh, and by the way, if you need a tool to bring your team closer than ever, EngageWith is just what you need!