A culture of teamwork is something that most managers agree they would to like to have amongst their team. However, when it comes to creating such a culture, there is normally a huge difference in the amount of effort put in.
Interestingly, there appears to be an increasing amount of team leaders willing to go the extra mile to create a strong teamwork culture amongst staff. A lot of managers are keen to invest in some of the professional team building events London and other big cities have to offer, for example.
These team building events allow employees to let their hair down and enjoy each other’s company in a stress-free yet mentally engaging environment, building stronger relationships in the process. Many of these events involve completing fun team games competing against other members of the office. Some bosses will give their whole team a day off work in order to take part in these activities.
Why though? Is this really an intelligent business decision? Here’s what these sorts of team building days could potentially achieve in the office.
Employees working as part of a team they get on with are more likely to remain engaged with their work throughout the day.
‘Employee engagement’ is somewhat of an annoying HR buzz-phrase, but it is a very popular one because of the widespread belief that engaged employees work much harder. The idea is that people who are happy in their careers care much more about the company, its output and its image and are therefore more willing to go the extra mile in their jobs.
Staff members working as part of a close-knit team are also likely to feel a sense of responsibility to perform well within this team and not to let them down.
There are other factors that may affect employees’ levels of engagement, but working alongside colleagues that are also friends can make it far easier to enjoy their job.
Better staff retention
Confucius the famous Chinese philosopher once said: “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
He was a smart guy. Putting the effort in to making your workplace a fun environment to be around can save you from losing your top performers as well as all the costs and disruption that comes with recruiting a replacement.
Make your workplace a better place to be
Managing a team can be stressful at the best of times, but taking the time to create a team that gets along and enjoys each other’s company can make a manager’s job a whole lot easier. Managers want a fun environment to work in too – and those who can create it are more likely to be afforded the chance to manage a bigger team in the future.
Most importantly though, a strong team typically works harder and makes more money. That’s why so many managers are willing to invest time and money into team building events that will make a difference.