As a business, your team is your most valuable asset, and it’s often your most expensive one. Disengaged employees who are unhappy or unmotivated in the job get less done and can drag the whole office down with them.
Gallup says 85% of employees worldwide are not engaged or are actively disengaged in their job. In the United States, employees are more likely to be engaged (31%) than in any other region, but that still leaves ample room for improvement. Learn more in Gallup’s 2017 State of the Global Workplace report.
Prioritizing team building in your workplace can help businesses boost morale, increase collaboration, and improve engagement. And if you can improve engagement, you can improve your bottom line. Disengaged employees cost US businesses billions of dollars each year.
Team building isn’t an expense—it’s an investment.
Let’s dig into how you can implement simple team building strategies in your workplace, including what we’ve done at Blue Summit Supplies to reach peak engagement. 🏔
How to Team Build
Food Brings People Together
Who doesn’t like free food? Providing a healthy meal that’s also free and made from whole foods not only eases employee stress and improves focus, but it also gives your employees a chance to spend time together for a reason other than work.
Keeping your employees content and well-fed is a simple and cost-effective way to team build. It gives your employees a chance to enjoy each other’s company in a less formal setting. Try a weekly catered lunch or take your staff out for a meal every now and again. Good food will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Family dinner is important because it strengthens a family’s bond. Strengthen your co-worker bond with a work-familylunch or occasional dinner.
Provide professional development opportunities and other educational opportunities for your team. The chance to learn something new will bring your team together around a common non-work-related goal.
Don’t assume you know what your team needs. Ask your employees what they would like to learn and how they would like to continue their professional development. Make sure your activities are as inclusive as possible. If you do something more high-energy and active one month, compliment that with a different low-energy activity next month to ensure there’s something for everyone.
Have some fun, too. Learning something new doesn’t need to be about career-related development. What non-work-related skills could inspire or delight your team? What might allow them to de-stress?
- Art classes
- A yoga lesson
- Craft days
- Ax throwing
- A photography course
- Cooking classes
- An escape room
Employees want to work for a company that values their wellbeing. And not only that, employers can benefit greatly from a workforce that’s healthy and motivated. Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy business.
Employers can support their team by rewarding and recognizing healthy lifestyles and efforts made towards healthy behavior. How can your team support each other in living healthier lives? Challenge your team to work together to achieve their own personal health goals. For example, encouraging walking meetings for those interested can foster team building while combating sedentary behavior at work.
Always opt for positive reinforcement over negative. Positive reinforcement means rewarding positive behavior in order to strengthen that behavior. When employees are actively recognized for their good work, it makes them more enthusiastic about the job they’re doing, and more likely to continue performing at their optimum level.
Negativity in the workplace can quickly become contagious. It only takes one bad apple to bring down your entire team. Negativity breeds swiftly in employees if they are constantly swamped with work and never recognized for their efforts.
Be positive. Be thankful. Be empathetic. Show your team how much you appreciate them, and they will reward you with increased energy, loyalty, and performance.
Celebrate Success as a Team
Founder and CEO of Trepoint Bill Carmody says “the act of celebrating changes your physiology and strengthens your psychology.”When accomplishments are recognized and celebrated, our brain’s happy chemicals like dopamine and endorphins are released in our brain.
When one team member succeeds, acknowledge them and share that success with the whole group. Including everyone will help your business feel like a cohesive team. Celebrate with a staff lunch, dinner out, or a new office perk. Extra points if you can choose an office perk that will continue contributing to team building.
- Office board games
- Office exercise equipment
- A skill building session (chosen by the team)
- Tickets to a sporting event, concert, or play
- Ice cream! 🍦
- An afternoon at the park
Don’t be the boss who only tells you what you’re doing wrong. Celebrate successes big and small and celebrate them as a team.
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