A happy workplace is a productive workplace. When morale is down, your business can feel the effects of your team failing to work together. However, one way to help boost morale amongst your staff is by organising a team-building activity outside of the office. It could make for a great solution, resulting in productive, efficient, motivated and all-round happy staff members throughout your business. In fact, Wyboston Lakes, a conference centre and hotel venue, have provided what they believe to be the three main reasons why you should consider making team-building a key part of your business plan:
1. Encourages engagement
Team-building days help encourage engagement among colleagues. This is because they will bond with each other while working together to find a solution. Friendships could also develop during these events, with research by Gallup claiming that having a close friend at work can increase engagement by 50 per cent.
If your staff are engaged and happy in their workplace, they are likely to be more productive and less likely to leave for another company. Did you know that employees who have a high engagement level are 87 per cent less likely to leave a company than those who have a low engagement level? That’s according to research reported on by Officevibe when they were looking into statistics related to disengaged employees.
Mark Jones, the managing director of Wyboston Lakes, was also keen to add: “Any organisation will benefit from an engaged workforce; employees that are committed, passionate and inspired by their performance will of course generate superior customer service and increased profitability.”
2. Improves team work
Team work is important amongst your staff. However, according to a study by the University of Phoenix, almost three quarters (70 per cent) of respondents have stated that they feel they’re part of a dysfunctional team. Meanwhile, research by Gallup suggests that poorly managed work groups are on average 50 per cent less productive and 44 per cent less profitable.
Team building events encourage your staff to work together. Facts and figures like these highlight the importance of getting teams to work together as much as possible. A team building event outside of work hours will teach participants about how working together will improve the efficiency of all members involved – for example, how one team member can help another one’s weakness.
3. Keeps communication lines open
No one likes to be kept in the dark. Communication helps the success of a project. A lack of collaboration or ineffective communication has been linked to 86 per cent of all workplace failures cited by employees and executives, a survey reported on by ClearCompany has revealed. A study by HerdWisdom also detailed that 33 per cent of employees believe a lack of open and honest communication will have the most negative impact on employee morale.
Whether it is between team members, cross departmental or between management and staff, lines of communication should always be kept open. Effective communication is an important part of team-building events, as members of a group must talk and discuss options in order to solve a problem that they’ve encountered. Communicating in these scenarios could lead to barriers been broken — employees being shy to talk to each other, for instance — which then carries through when staff members are back in the workplace.