Sunday, March 14, 2010

An Overview of Indoor Team Building Exercises

Team building efforts in organizations has been studied, researched, developed, and improved upon since the early 1920s'. Originally coined as part of the theory of group dynamics, Sigmund Freud used the work environment and team building exercises as part of his holistic psycho-treatment of patients.

The more structured form of indoor team building exercises have been developed as new analysts have expanded on the first theories and added new techniques and methods to achieve results.

Another individual who performed a study that would have an indelible effect on the dynamics of team building was Professor Elton Mayo.

His study, conducted in a workplace environment, studied the relationship between productivity and work conditions and the physical and environmental influences of the workplace on cohesive teamwork.

The psychological aspects of the work environment was also included in the study including group pressure, working hours, managerial leadership, etc.

The results of this study found that workplace productivity was significantly increased when there was appropriate psychological stimulus shown to workers such as individual attention, being made to feel important to the company, project or job, and individual attention.

It was also found that the relationships between supervisors and employees had a significant affect on productivity and that the workgroup norms affected productivity as well.

The full results of this study, coupled with the research of previous years laid the ground-work for the multiple programs found today that strive to provide the exercises that will create the unified and positive work environment needed to reach an optimum level of productivity for an organization.

One of the main drivers of productivity in an organization is the workplace culture that has been developed over the years that the business has been in operation. The culture is established in part by the business owners when they start the business and developed in stages as more employees are added to the organization. Each employee that comes into an established workplace culture must learn the norms, language and nuances of the organization.

In order to maintain the positive work environment that is needed to sustain growth, there must be strategies in place to introduce new employees to the culture as well as provide opportunities for the culture to develop and grow to meet the increasing demands of the business.

Identifying the workplace culture that has established itself in your organization will often provide the starting point for effective indoor team building exercises. The strengths and weaknesses of the organization are often reflected in the basic cultural norms that have been established.

Through the implementation of team building exercises to expand and examine the culture of the organization it is much easier to introduce new employees to the workplace culture and eliminate those parts of the culture that are creating stumbling blocks to growth for the organization.

Talking to a professional company who has experience and expertise in the different types of indoor team building exercises available and the benefits of specific exercises to your organization, will be very helpful.

This individual will be able to provide you with detailed information about the most effective strategy for changing the culture if needed, or enhancing the positive aspects of the culture that you have in place.

By : James_Carruthers

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