Team Building & Participation: Importance, Tips & Tools

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson will start out by defining team building. Then, we'll go over the importance of team building before finishing up with some examples of fun team building exercises.

What Is Team Building?

Team building refers to the use of various group activities and exercises in order to help a team bond, build trust, increase collaboration as well as improve the morale, communication, and skills within the team.

In this lesson, we're going to go over the importance of what sounds pretty dull at the outset. And then we end this lesson on a fun note by showcasing how team building can be helpful and anything but boring.

The Importance of Team Building

So why bother taking the resources, in terms of time, money, and even personnel in order to engage in team building?

The most obvious answer is that by inspiring and motivating your team through team building exercises, you create more effective teams that help an organization succeed.

That much is clear to anyone. But why does this happen? It's because team building:

  • Improves a team's productivity
  • Enables a team to solve problems more efficiently
  • Increases productivity and even creativity
  • Boosts a team's skill-set
  • Sets up goals and expectations
  • Helps individuals within the team figure out what they're really good at

Of course, team building exercises have a penchant for being seen as something useless, stupid, or downright lame. So it may be difficult to get individuals to participate but it's well worth the effort given the benefits outlined above.

Tips and Tools

On that note, how can we get people to actually want to participate and even contribute to team building? Well, there are two facets here. First, you have to make the team building events unavoidable and, more importantly, make them fun.

Because team building is important, don't just set it up as a voluntary exercise. No, actually make it part of something like the training curriculum. This way, it becomes unavoidable.

Now, people don't always appreciate being forced into things. So, this is where the second part comes in. Make the unavoidable fun!

Depending on what you're trying to get out of a team building exercise the most, here are just a few examples of what you can do:

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