The Importance of Getting Out of the “Boredroom”
When you first built your company’s business model, you likely spent hours, days, or weeks imagining every detail. You probably envisioned your product and purpose, your audience and clientele, a state-of-the-art office space, and top talent knocking down the doors to become part of your team.
But did your vision include a plan for keeping that talent engaged, productive, and dedicated to your mission? Maybe it did (good for you!), but if it didn’t, you’re not alone. Many business owners, company leaders and CEOs don’t recognize the importance of getting their team out of the “boredoom” for a change of pace and a jolt of excitement. But engaging, purposeful team building and bonding can be the driving factor that propels your company to its greatest potential.
It’s Not a Splurge, It’s an Investment
Your employees are your company’s greatest asset. Too often, business leaders get so caught up in the race of pleasing their customers that they leave their own people behind. Scheduling time for engaging, enriching activities that your employees will enjoy is a small investment that yields a huge return.
No matter the size of your team, the right team building or bonding activities will help them communicate better with one another and foster real relationships. When employees get the chance to interact outside of the workplace, they get to know one another as individuals with goals, hobbies, and personalities that otherwise go undetected in the office.
Holding team building or bonding exercises outside of the office especially gives employees a chance to drop their workplace personas and interact on a more personal and enjoyable level, and see each other in a different light. When coworkers have genuine personal relationships, they work better together and care more about one another’s success and the success of the team as a whole.
The bottom line is this: businesses with high performing teams are more successful. Team building and bonding allows you to nurture relationships among employees and enhance the skills they need to work together as a cohesive unit.
Incorporating team building and bonding, the kind that evokes a sense of excitement, purpose and team cohesion, produces real results that trickle straight down to your bottom line. At the end of the day, an investment in your people is an investment in the overall success of your business and your mission. You don’t want to skimp on this one.
Fun Actually Matters A LOT
Many team building activities fall flat on their face for the same reasons –– they’re boring, awkward, or feel like work. Those exercises ultimately fail because they’re quickly forgotten.
The most memorable and successful team building activities are ones that don’t feel like another day at the office. Practical takeaways are important, but making them too obvious makes it feel like work, diluting the overarching purpose. Spending time together, sharing an experience and working towards a common goal encourages bonding to happen more organically and far more successfully.
Approaching your team building or bonding with a little pizzazz makes it feel adventurous and enjoyable. Exciting activities like Combat Archery, while unconventional, are extremely efficient in building trust, encouraging communication, and increasing collaboration. All with the thrill of shooting and dodging (safe and non-lethal) arrows.
Team building and bonding activities that are fresh, fun, and exciting yield a higher level of engagement and learning. Choosing something unique or even slightly outside of people’s comfort zones encourages bonding in new ways, so don’t be afraid to step outside of the box.
Practice Makes Perfect
Participating in team building activities that are engaging and exciting help your employees feel like they’re part of a team. Just like professional athletes practice together for optimal performance, team building provides practice for your team’s ultimate performance.
Performing work tasks on a daily basis may lead to expertise in a specific field or practice, but it does very little to encourage cohesion or your team’s ability to work together. Group activities like Code Breakers puts team members in real-world scenarios that force them to use valuable skills (like communication, collaboration, and problem solving), but in a way that doesn’t feel like work. You owe your team a chance to strengthen the mental muscles that power their performance, without putting them to sleep.
Team building and bonding can also help your company level-up by mending the disconnect between leadership and employees, or bridge the gap between different levels of an organization. Employees who may have little interaction with one another at the office finally get the chance to work together and connect. This fresh dynamic benefits the harmony and function of your entire team and boosts company culture.
Good company culture is the absolute biggest factor in your ability to attract and retain quality employees. This is why frequent, perhaps monthly, team bonding activities are so important. You can’t expect quality relationships and cohesive company culture to be born overnight from a single Kayaking adventure, so sticking to it is important in keeping those good vibes going. The more often employees interact on a personal and stimulating plane, the more effective their communication and collaboration becomes, in turn improving their performance and success.
Bring Your Business to Life
Getting your team out of the “boredroom” is so much more than happy hour and trust falls. It’s about engaging, enriching, including, and encouraging your employees to be part of something bigger and to feel like they’re an important cog in a well-oiled machine, because they are!
Making quality team building and bonding an ongoing element of your company culture will ultimately enhance employee morale, productivity, communication, and commitment. A thriving company culture of cohesion leads to greater long-term success for your business, and helps bring your ultimate vision to life, with an extra punch.
So, how will you know when your team building and bonding is on the right track? You’ll know you’ve gotten it right if there was laughter, a palpable sense of excitement, and group accomplishment with a purpose. Pair that with a few Instagram-able moments, you’ve nailed it.