Supporting Teambuilding & Opportunities for Employee Networking

Instructor: Joseph Madison

Joseph received his Doctorate from UMUC in Management. He retired from the Army after 23 years of service, working in intelligence, behavioral health, and entertainment.

This lesson will discuss teambuilding opportunities and events that allow for employee networking. We'll also look at how allowing employees to participate in these types of activities can drive engagement and morale.

Let's Create Some Rapport!

Social Media, Inc., is a large organization that has more than 5,000 employees, spread over a dozen sites across the country. With a company this large, it is a challenge to create a cohesive environment, where employees can speak with each other and support each other's goals. Kevin, a manager of the branch in Florida, has realized his diverse employees are not communicating with each other, and productivity is suffering. He starts to look at teambuilding and how it could benefit his situation.

Teambuilding

The exercise of creating an environment that has a team of people working together successfully through different types of activities and functions is known as teambuilding. These exercises can create better rapport with peers and allow employees and management to get to know each other on a different level. Teambuilding can also have a number of other benefits, including the following:

  • Loyalty to the company and peers
  • Trust between peers and management
  • Innovative thinking
  • A solid foundation for individual teams
  • New channels of communication across the organization
  • Increase in productivity

Working Together
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Organizations of different sizes will likely have to address teambuilding in different ways, so first let's discuss smaller organizational teambuilding opportunities.

Teambuilding for Small Organizations

Here is a list of opportunities and events that smaller organizations can arrange for their staff:

  • Volunteering - Working at a soup kitchen or packing food boxes for Third World countries not only requires people to work together in a process, but it also makes individuals focus on helping others. This can inspire a more giving and open atmosphere through the workplace. This type of event also takes very little outlay of funds to set up.

  • Scavenger Hunts - A designated employee can create a town- or city-wide scavenger hunt requiring employee teams to decipher clues and find the necessary objects. This activity can foster creative thinking, and it can help shy employees get involved to win.

  • Escape Rooms - Escape rooms are the newest fad, and they allow people to work as a team and think outside the box. This is great not only in this fun environment, but also in the office.

  • Company Events - Although company events can be overdone, investing the time and money to create an exciting carnival or BBQ can bring out employees and their families, which generates a whole new connection with fellow workers.

  • Training Sessions - Ask your employees to create small training sessions on subjects they excel at, from multi-tasking to speaking different languages. These training sessions can bring like minds together and can also help other employees learn a new skill.

Teambuilding for Large Organizations

Large organizations can struggle the most with communication and cohesion, so it is extremely important to create teambuilding opportunities site-wide and company-wide. This way people can get more familiar with the peers they work with every day as well as the individuals from other offices they rarely see. Here are some ideas for opportunities that generate networking and communication:

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