When “Teambuilding” Does NOT Work

When “Teambuilding” Does NOT Work

A study conducted by Vodafone UK and YouGov (that surveyed over 1,000 individuals in the workplace) revealed that 54% of respondents felt that engaging in additional teambuilding activities would not lead to successfully improving team dynamics around the workplace. “The survey carried out by Vodafone UK and YouGov suggests workers feel that some organised team-building activities can be a waste of time, and at worst, are toe-curlingly embarrassing,” reported The Telegraph on February 6, 2012.
 
A more recent publication (Team Building: Proven Strategies for Improving Team Performance by W. Gibb Dyer, Jr. et al.) explains why the numerous HR professionals and managers they surveyed are reluctant to organize teambuilding activities. For example,  many shared, “I’m concerned the possible negative effects will outweigh the benefits,” based on “horror stories” they’ve heard, such as participants feeling they’re private lives were invaded or that events rose into a destructive “bloodbath” of competition. Those who are hesitant or even opposed to try “team building” events may have good reason to feel that way—they may have heard anecdotes or even participated in unsuccessful teambuilding activities. 
 
Misuse of Term
One reason why teambuilding doesn’t work is because it is not properly defined. In a recent LinkedIn discussion entitled “Team Building Doesn’t Work,” many teambuilding managers and team building facilitators agreed that the term “team building” may be used too broadly. “Clients of ours talk about doing team building, [and] what we find is that they have taken part in team bonding exercises,” said one participant in the discussion. “This could be bowling, a curry night what ever. When asked what key deliverables they wanted to take away from these days, the conversation ended.” This does not mean that team bonding or socializing events are not important, but rather they can compliment and foster actual teambuilding events. 
 
Undefined Goals
For teambuilding to actually work there must be defined goals (or “key deliverables” as mentioned above) which are specific to the group. Participants also need to be able to acknowledge the relevance of how defined objectives can be transferred to the workplace. For example, organising a corporate social responsibility event – such as creating toys for a children’s charity – can be used to work towards the goal of improving teamwork in the workplace. Facilitators can debrief the group on this target goal, and promote open discussion throughout the activity where participants are ideally inspired to come together to work for a worthy cause beyond their own agenda. 
 
KippureCorporate is made up of an enthusiastic staff of highly experienced team building providers. Our priority is to facilitate beneficial activities in a positive environment. We avoid putting participants in embarrassing situations and we are very consciouls of not letting events get too competitive. We practice the philosophy of “challenge by choice”, which means we don’t force anyone into any situation they are not comfortable with. Kippure Corporate will work with you to identify team building goes and help you select from our extensive array of team building programmes and activities based on your group’s needs and interests. See more at: https://www.teambuildingireland.com/

 

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