Saturday, February 20, 2010

How to Select Indoor Team Building Activities

One of the numerous strategies being used by corporations around the world to build cohesive groups that work well together is called team building. Many corporations go so far as scheduling a special day every so often for employees to participate in these activities.

These exercises can be divided into indoor and outdoor team building exercises based on the scale and type of activity involved. Sometimes the weather makes outdoor activities impossible. This is why it is a good idea to know how to select the right indoor activities.

The first step is to determine exactly what level of team building is to be worked on. Is this the first time a group has been brought together? If it is, would a fairly simple and fun game be appropriate to break the ice? This would be identified as a level 1 to 3 team building exercise.

Level 4 to 6 goes a little more in depth by engaging team members and activities that help them to develop a more cohesive and positive team capable of working together to reach a goal.

It should be noted that activities designed for this level of team building, especially games, cannot rely on any single individual in the group to excel. These activities must be designed so that only by working together can a team or group expect to complete the project.

Level 7 to 10 breaks things down to a level that has the team members in evaluating different aspects of team dynamics, making note of shortcomings within the team, noting which members of the team seem to be more natural leaders, and providing the group with ideas and options that will help to improve any of these situations that seem to be lacking.

Once it is determined what level of team building activity is needed with a particular group, it then becomes time to choose an activity that will work to this level and help the group come together into a single cohesive unit.

Most of these activities involve some sort of game. The difficult part lies in creating a game in which those who work together as a team are rewarded with success without making it in some way competitive, which can be damaging to the morale of individuals in a separate group performing the same activity.

The purpose of team building activities is to foster a feeling of trust and reliance in individuals so that they can tackle projects as a group and depend on each member of the group to perform to the best of his/her ability for the good of the group.

Choosing activities that are competitive in nature can have the opposite effect in the grand scheme of things.

Such activities may help to bring one group closer together, but if another group is in competition with them and does not perform as well, this can lead to hard feelings and competition in the workplace as those on the losing side attempt to make up for this loss.

Care must be taken when selecting indoor team building activities to ensure that they function to bring workers closer together rather than driving a wedge between two groups that must function closely together for the good of the company.

By : James_Carruthers

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