TEAM BUILDING MEANING, PROCESS & IMPORTANCE

MEANING:                            


Team building is the process of bringing individuals together to build a team. Team building is required for making a strong cohesive team which works together for a common goal. Team building consists of different activities and techniques that are used by organizations, sports teams and schools so that the students and employees view each other as a part of teams who can coordinate and work together to enhance overall performance.

Team building often refers to explicit activities designed to boost interaction and collaboration to solve a common problem. These activities range from bonding exercises, such as going out for an evening meal, to more complex problem-solving problems designed to test and develop the capacity of individuals to work together. 



PROCESS:

 


  • Define Objectives: The first step in the team-building process is to identify the final objective i.e. required to be achieved. Based on this, other criteria like team members, tasks, budget etc are decided.

  • Evaluate Current Output: The second step in the team-building process is to evaluate the current output and the gap which is there in achieving the final objectives. This shows the extra efforts needed to achieve the final goal. 

  • Design Activities & Tasks: The next step involves designing tasks and activities which would enable achieving final goals.

  • Identify Individuals: The fourth step in the team-building process is to identify individuals or employees based on their skills, experience, education etc who would be able to perform the specified tasks.

  • Training of Members: Once the individuals are identified, training and development of these individuals are done with a clear understanding of each one’s roles and responsibilities.

  • Monitor Team Effort: Another important step is to closely monitor the team effort, their behaviour etc.

  • Evaluate Team Output: The final step in the team-building process is to evaluate and analyse the overall output of the team and compare it with the original objective.

 

Team building is a continuous process which requires time, patience, resources, efforts etc until an effective team is created or built.

 

IMPORTANCE:


  • Promoting creativity and learning:

Creativity inspires employees to prosper together and work together in a team. When the team has new ideas, they can sit together and brainstorm to create more effective solutions. It can be fun to be creative and more enjoyable to work for one’s company. Working together for individuals is a more productive process than working in isolation. Teamwork also maximizes the chances of learning from each other experiences, learnings that one can use for the rest of life.


  • Generating ideas:

Working together on a given task will raise the enthusiasm for the whole team to bring out more ideas and increase both individual and team knowledge. The motivation level and ideas that can result from team discussions can never be replaced by any other method. When working in a team, it also makes the ideas visible and tangible so everyone knows the efforts that one is making.



  • Sharing the workload:

It can be sometimes a bit tough for teams working together to achieve a common goal to perform up to the mark always. When working in a team, the team members can do the part they are good at and for what they are qualified and they enjoy doing. Teamwork allows sharing the workload among team members. When everyone is working towards a common goal, the amount of hard work is a lot more. So, a manager should always try to understand the strengths of an employee and delegate the work in a team accordingly to ensure maximum efficiency and high-quality output.

 

  • Gaining a new perspective:

When working in a team, people go through long discussions and interactions that enable them to gain new perspectives to analyse in various situations. When you work in a team you get into different situations in your work culture. Teamwork simply makes you more open to different things and helps you to develop new ideas and learn new things from other members of the team.

 

  • Makes work more fun:

To make our work-life stress-free, what we need is a little fun at work and teamwork can bring a little more fun at work. Working in a team is inspiring, fun and brings pleasure. It brings humour and promotes friendliness. By making the work environment a happy place, you will automatically prompt productivity and a positive attitude towards work. Try team building activities like icebreaker activities, hang out together on team lunch or dinner to foster team spirit and bring about positive attitudes. Celebrate small wins and share memories, encourage hobbies at work and see how working in a team will make work more fun.

 

  • Individuals get to play on their strengths:

When working in a team there is a division of work, which allows them to focus on the skills they have and on whatever each individual believes they can do best. Team members will have the freedom to decide on which part they are comfortable to work and what they can switch with their colleagues. There is less stress as the work is distributed in a defined way.

 

  • Brings in various personality types:

Understanding the different psychological aspects of different people is another important part of teamwork. Different people who excel in different areas can work together for a strong team-building. The whole team can benefit from the creative thinkers in the group and make the team be more productive. Each person can focus on what they are good at and their different personalities will build the right kind of workplace.


  • Better services:

When talking about customer service, the company can be benefited as the whole team will bring their best skills to provide flawless services to customers. It also leaves a good impression on customers as they will build better trust and, ultimately, relationship with employees who demonstrate a strong work ethic. Teams that work well together will provide improved services and that will meet the needs of customers.

 

  • Fosters Productivity:

Considering all of the above, shared workload, better service, gaining new perspective, idea generation and more creativity, working with a team will boost productivity for the business as a whole.

 

  • Sharing risk:

When it comes to bringing new business, it involves numerous steps that involve varied risk. So, when the employees are working in a team, it becomes pretty easy to take more risk for the entire business. Conversely, the success can be shared by the whole team producing revolutionary ideas without hesitation.

 

  • Strong work ethic and team spirit:

The team can be a way that demonstrates a strong work ethic and team spirit as everything goes in sync with the ethics of the company.


LEARNING:

Taking over the benefits of working in a team, let’s promote a productive working style by bringing in teamwork. Teamwork is vital to the success of any business to produce some amazing results.


“Great things in business are never done by one person; they are done by a team of people.”  

                                                                     — Steve Jobs


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