Team building can sometimes have a bad reputation and there has been a long history of the activities being maligned by those who have attended a poorly planned or designed event. There are a number of myths and misconceptions which seem to perpetuate about team building events and this article is designed to debunk some of the more common ones.
It’s just a skive off work day
Where team building activates should be an enjoyable to your staff there should always be a underlying reason behind the event. Team building can be set up to help improve a range of objectives within your team from communication or collaboration exercises to ones aimed at improving creative thinking or other important team attributes. We have put together a page on our site which looks at the objectives behind team building in more detail. Read more about team building objectives
It’s all trust falls or a drill sergeant shouting at us
While trust is a vitally important element to most teams we don’t know of any self-respecting team building company which employs trust falls. While there are army training related team building companies they are not right for everyone. We don’t use drill sergeants and we believe that team building should be enjoyable for those taking part. We have created a range of games and activities for Team building each with its own purpose behind it. Events include activities inspired by Popular culture such as the Crystal collection or Krypton factor challenge. To creativity based activities such as the masterpiece challenge.
A trip to the pub is just as good
We like to socialise outside of work hours as much as most companies but a trip to the pub, while this might be an enjoyable event it won’t have the same impact on your business a proper team building event will. A social after work trip will likely increase morale within the team in most cases this won’t help improve other areas of team work.
Team building can be done once then forgotten
Team building is not a one-time thing and it works much better if it is continually reinforced. This doesn’t mean you need to hold team building events every week but general posivite re-enforcement of the lessons learned during the Team building activities and arranging a follow up event can help ensure that the value is long lasting and not diminished overtime.
It’s a waste of time which can be better spent in the office
Team building can have a big benefit to your teams and the time lost by staff being out of the office for a day or half a day can be more than made up for in the long term gains. A well planned and executed team building event can have long term gains which can really kick-start your business and the productivity of your teams.
There’s no measurable gain or there’s no point to it.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Any team building event should have a clear set of measurable goals so the activities and the overall outcome can be measured. This is the only way you can determine if the event is a success or not. Being able to assess the true value of an event is very important especially in the current business climate.
They’re boring events
Well our team building activities aren’t anyway. We always make sure all our activities are both fun and have a point to them. We are firm believers that event attendees will gain a lot more if they are enjoying the activity. This also goes for conference speeches too because if your speech is entertaining and not droning on and on those listening will take far more in. This premise works equally well for team building.
Team building should be done as cheaply as possible or It’s a waste of money
There is an old saying that you get out what you put in. Team building is no exception to this and doing things on the cheap can often lead to the results not being as good as they could have been if a little more money and thought had been put in. We always recommend using a professional company with trained people to make sure you get true value for money. Whereas one event might be a little more expensive initially it may reap far more benefits in the long term.
What are the biggest Myths you have seen relating to team building or the events industry?
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