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business people standingAs a business owner, you understand that the success of the company relies on the efforts of your team of employees. Their ability to communicate and work together to solve problems and meet deadlines is the lifeblood of your business. But that teamwork is not something that necessarily happens automatically, nor is it something a simple group lunch can create.

Team building should be an integral part of your business. Not only does is help employees work more efficiently together, but it also helps improve their interpersonal skills. A team that works well together is more likely to have a higher morale than a team that has trouble communicating. With an effective, ongoing team building program, you can discuss these successes as an employee benefit of working for your company.

So, what is team building and how do you plan for it? Team building is essentially planning activities that are designed to address and strengthen weaknesses. It’s best to have a clear goal in mind, which helps choose beneficial activities. You can make a list of goals that need tackling by determining weaknesses. Some of these can simply be observed, but it’s often helpful to distribute an anonymous survey that asks about various teamwork topics. Once you know what aspects of your team need work, you can then plan team building activities.

Here are two examples for your consideration:

Strengthening communication skills: After a team meeting, begin a conversation that sparks a debate. Avoid controversial topics like religion and politics. Rather, try the deserted island exercise. Ask your team what 10 items they would bring on the lifeboat if they were shipwrecked. Give everyone the chance to suggest items and defend their choices. Insist that the team discuss these items until they reach an agreement. This helps engage employees in healthy communication, along with providing the opportunity for them to bond on a more personal level.

Strengthening interdependence: Set aside an afternoon for various trust exercises to help your employees learn how to better rely on each other. You can set up a blind obstacle course, in which your employees are partnered off. One person walks through the course with a blindfold, while the other person provides verbal navigation. You can also set up a relay race or any number or activities that require teamwork.

Many team building activities are fun to participate in, but they do much more good as your team learns how to work as a true unit. Try to plan a short team building activity at least once a month. It’s an ongoing process, but one that is well worth your time.

Need help making your business a great place to work? Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (800) 909-8103 for more information on Midlothian employee benefits.
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