Team building

What is a Team Building? I'm sure many have heard of this expression, but not everyone knows exactly what it means.

Here is the definition from Wikipedia:

Teambuilding is a term commonly used in the context of business and applied to a wide range of actions to create and improve the efficiency of the team.

In other words, team building - a complex of measures aimed at team building through joint leisure, corporate games, trainings and others.

A leader, who wants his company to be successful, should not ignore the activities of team building. After all, success depends not only on how the commercial processes within the company have been organised, but also on the relationships within the team.

History teambuilding

Various activities, which were aimed at improving cohesion and organisation of the team team, had been conducted during World War II. Games and workshops for groups were developed by British experts in the 40s of the last century.

The most closest to our time team-building, which is used in modern companies, had appeared in America in the 50s of the 20th century. Then the most common form of strengthening the team was just a historical role and team building, where staff dressed in costumes of historical figures and performed various collective tasks.

Thus, team building has become not just a method of leisure, but also an effective way to develop a "team spirit", as in the course of playing the scenes or assignments the employees could find new points of contact to each other, what helped them to better learn each other and later to work together.

Now the concept of "team building" is increasingly expanding, adding new options for team building and developing new tactics. Even corporate events are often accompanied by a variety of games aimed at the creation of a unity of spirit.

Aims and objectives of team building

Whichever company you manage – whether large, medium or small – success always depend on the employees who are effective team players, and are able to find and use non-standard solutions of standard problems.

The main goals and objectives of the team-building are to:

  • Create a sense of the unity of the team, organisation and cohesion of the team;
  • Replacement a sense of competition with the sense of cooperation;
  • Learning effective communication between team members;
  • Developing trust and understanding in the team;
  • Consolidation of the team and introducing a "team spirit" to a new level;
  • Strengthening of horizontal relations in the company;
  • Increasing motivation of activity;
  • Strengthening the authority of the supervisors at an informal level;
  • Psychological relief among staff.

Not every manager can independently organise activities for team building. So they often use the services of a team building coaches. Moreover, now many companies provide services for the organization of any kind of team building, from business training to sports games in nature.

Types of team building

Many people think that team building is oriented only on sport games.  That is correct, sports events are the most popular option of teambuilding and perhaps the most effective. However, apart from the sports team building, there are a few more, not less interesting options teambuilding. For example, such as a historical team building (historical role-playing game in which recreated certain events of the past), the creative team building (carrying out different creative tasks, which open in employee new creative reserves), the psychological team building (psychological games on the understanding of each other, the leader of the identification, training on cohesion).

Examples of team building games

Here are a few ideas for games, which are among the most effective methods of building a successful team:

1. "Pantomime".

This game is familiar to many from his childhood. The player thinks of an object or phenomenon, and he or she uses no words, but shows it to the other participants of the game so that they can figure it out.

2. "Who is faster".

The team is divided into several groups, in each of which the captain is selected. By a command, each captain must build their group in the square (circle, triangle) on a specific feature - height, hair color, the first letter of the name, etc. Who is faster to cope with the task is a winner.

3. "We know each other in a new way."

Each participant writes anonymously any facts about himself on a piece of paper, describes the events of his life or just the preferences of anything. Next, add up all the sheets in one basket and mix. Take each in turn and read it aloud, and the team has to guess who is the author of the written material.

4. "Rope."

Formed by 7-10 person team. Using a huge long rope, players simultaneously make jumping through it. The winning team is the one that jumped the greatest number, not huddling and not entangled in the rope.