Why Teambuilding is Useful
We believe that there are several important reasons why teambuilding can be a useful activity for companies and their staff. The concept forms a part of what is known as organisational psychology and it can be used to help build and improve both communication between workers and their individual abilities in several areas through fun and motivating activities outside of the usual work environment.
On an individual level, team building exercises can create a reward cycle for employees, allowing them to identify certain strengths and weaknesses and work on them. The strengths (for example, leadership skills) may be those which are not apparent or easily recognised in the workplace due to job description or role, but which may become apparent during team building exercises.
For example, the team focus in an activity such as paintball may allow a worker who does not normally have the chance to exercise any kind of authority, or even feels they are incapable of such, to come forth and demonstrate their ability. This is primarily important in increasing the workers’ self-confidence, which can, in-turn, lead to greater job satisfaction and/or the desire to progress within the workplace now that they believe themselves capable. Likewise, this new found individual confidence when transfered to the workplace is likely to have a positive impact on those other members of staff, leading to a more confident workforce. This workforce is then, therefore, more likely to be happier and more productive.
Similarly, we think team building exercises allow for more interaction and communication between members of staff who may not normally have much contact at work. This may allow for the creation of new, positive relationships which are likely to continue once returned to the workplace, creating a stronger and more united staff. We also argue that members of staff who do communicate regularly at work, but may not have particularly good relationships are forced to resolve any existing problems in order to overcome a common obstacle (for example, the opposing team in paintball), again hopefully creating a stronger team ethic in the workplace.