4 Benefits Of Team Building Activities At Work

Offering team building activities for employees can be incredibly helpful for building a strong, healthy company. Oftentimes, employers are on constant lookout for new ideas that will help build connections between employees, increase job satisfaction, and provide relaxing outlets for expression. These benefits of team building activities may help reduce turnover rate and increase company morale, and many businesses find that employees become refreshed and rejuvenated following team building activities, a benefit that will surely play a role in improving company productivity and efficiency.

We at CAREERXCHANGE have had success both in and out of the office creating fun team-building activities to help our team. Once a month, our owners and directors provide lunch for employees that fits a certain theme, as food is a good way to share fun and to bond. In the office, we give out small prizes for our employees who are “caught doing something right.” Outside of work, we have been collecting toys for the past ten years for the Salvation Army and a local orphanage. We have clothing and toiletry drives with our team, our temporary workers, and our clients which build the team within and build the connection with our workforce and clients.

Whether an employer is seeking to fill an entire workday with charity activities that enhance a spirit of giving and community, or to provide sporting contests or weekly luncheons, there are plenty of fair benefits that can surely accrue. Some of these benefits include:

Team Building.

Any activity that aids in bringing employees together will begin building connections between employees, an aspect of effective team building. Going for bowling or sporting contests, having weekly luncheons with employees, and providing other professional contests that include gift cards or small electronics as prizes can be very helpful for boosting employees’ spirits. Building an effective team requires an atmosphere of positivity, fun, and ease, and these techniques may promote this even further.

Productivity.

Since fun team-building activities provide a natural change of the day-to-day grind, employees may feel more refreshed when they come back to the office. Upbeat and rewarding breaks can be an essential way for clearing the mind and producing a stronger focus on one’s work; thus, team-building activities may play a large role in increasing productivity if implemented regularly.

Low Turnover.

Employees who feel they have the support of employers and fellow employees may develop a sense of pride and passion in their work. Building a cohesive team requires engaging with employees, and this often correlates with a low turnover rate. This can save money in the long run, as it often requires money to go through a new hiring process. Plus, hiring someone new drains a company of time, an aspect that can also hinder business productivity. At CAREERXCHANGE, we have  quarterly office meetings where employees can give their input to solve a problem or save the company and make a suggestion on something that could improve the level of service we provide to a client. Employees feel engaged when they are heard and their ideas are accepted and incorporated. When they feel they make a difference, they stay.

Work-Life Balance.

Today’s employees are looking for a good balance in what they do as an employee. Too much work can be a deterrent to performance and morale. Doing these activities in and out of work as a team can help in this regard. For example, doing something like “being caught doing something right” can help workers feel appreciated, and as a result, they will want to contribute more to your organization.

Boosting morale can be as simple as providing lunch to employees or promoting a sense of community contribution; however, this morale must be maintained by consistent team-building exercises or other tried-and-true business-building methods. Having a fun work environment and atmosphere that is rich in productive activities may also attract new talent perfect for the company. Businesses should begin right where they are by stepping out of the office cubicle and into positive, socializing activities. The benefits of team building may provide more than anyone in the business world has ever realized!

At CAREERXCHANGE, we are here to help employers guide their way toward building a successful team. Contact us today to learn more about the roles we play in helping businesses build their brand, employee morale, and overall productivity.

8 thoughts on “4 Benefits Of Team Building Activities At Work

  1. I like how you pointed out that too much work can be negative for employee moral and performance. If I were a manager, I would want to find a good balance between productivity on job-related tasks, and having fun. Seeing as how team building activities provide the dual benefit of enhanced teamwork and work-life balance, I think it would be something I would want incorporated if I were a manager.

    1. John,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! You are absolutely right, there is always a balance to be had – the challenge is finding just the right amount of both but once you do – it makes for great employee engagement.

      If you liked this article, feel free to follow us on social (find us @careerxchange) for more!

      Hope you have a lovely day!

      – The CXC® Team

  2. Hello Nvanderbosch

    I really appreciate your article and the last point “Work-Life Balance” is a good point for their team. For me, all the points are really good for team building and better organization growth

  3. question how do you balance work-life when you work M-F and sometimes have to rotate weekend working. You have a husband that travels for his job and very active son in sports. You role as a full time working mother is after work you have to take care of your family which does not allow time with co-workers. Also you like to separate your work from home/personal. The time you have, you would rather spend with your outside friends or date night with husband however your co-workers/manager view you as not being team player. How do you balance?

    1. Hi Yolanda,

      That is a fantastic question. Sometimes life can get pretty hectic, and it seems like you have quite a bit on your plate! Even though you do balance quite a bit, it is important to set some time for yourself every now and again. You’re family and home life is definitely first priority (it’s ours too), but it’s also okay to set aside just an hour or two in your busy week to perhaps take an online course, update your resume, or simply have coffee with a potential contact or friend… I find that even in my busiest weeks, taking short, concentrated time slots is the best way to get something done when you’re balancing so much – you’ll find that at the end of a few months, all those moments may add up to something that really pays off!

  4. I like how you said that employees who feel supported and kind are more likely to take pride in what they do. This would be a very important quality to build and cultivate because it would make people appreciate what they do a little bit more. I would imagine that they would become more productive in a situation like this as well.

  5. I love that you pointed out that having close connections at work helps employees feel valued. I recently left a job because I didn’t feel like my hard work was being appreciated and that I was doing everything by myself. However, I also believe the others on my team felt the same way, as no one had built friendships with each other.

    1. Bethany,

      That is a great point! A big benefit that’s often overlooked is showing your team how much you value their work. According to an Office Team study in 2017, 66% of employees say they would likely leave their job if they did not feel appreciated – much like you did.

      Today’s employers are braving new territory, meeting the demands of a new workforce who, not only values a salary, but a solid opportunity for growth, education and the feeling that they’re part of something bigger than themselves.

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