Due to the increased competition amongst the corporates, almost all of them ensure that they have the procedures to do a particular job, such as marketing strategies to sell the products, latest technology, advertising techniques, production processes, etc. in place.
If all the organizations have these basics right, why is it that some are more successful and able to achieve more profits than others? What is it that sets apart one organization from others and makes it a winner? Well, it is the commitment of the people who work in the organization!
It is a well-known fact in the industry that an organization's success depends to a large extent on its human capital. The more united and committed the employees feel, the more they will be able to achieve the goals set. That's why, team building is very important for any organization.
Ideas to Build Team Spirit in the Workplace
This will ensure that the employees work, consult, help and support each other in their work as they will now be appraised on the basis of their team's performance. At the same time, the employees should be very clear as to what is expected from them i.e. there should be clarity of individual tasks. This will automatically enhance team spirit amongst them.
Every morning, make it a rule that individual departments or groups call a meeting, and discuss the things/tasks that were completed the previous day, and the same which are to be done that day.
Give freedom to employees to speak whatever they think will contribute to everyone's knowledge about their work or any departmental issues. You can even use these daily morning meetings as a platform to train the employees in some innovation/technology that has been introduced in your particular industry.
If you have made teams, give a bit of autonomy to the team leaders to use their own methods of getting the things done by the people under them. This will contribute immensely towards team building in the workplace.
Take the employees out on a picnic, celebrate birthdays, keep special days wherein everyone comes dressed in a particular color, organize small competitions between the employees like painting or singing contests, etc.
The idea behind these is to let the employees mingle and talk about other things, not just work. Such events and special occasions have found greatest success as they give time to the employees to bond with one another.
Some interesting activities that you can keep are - tug of war, treasure hunt, one lie and two truths, etc. Planning a sports day or a cultural day is another great idea for fostering team spirit.
So, plan appreciation days wherein you recognize the employees who have outperformed. Inviting the family members of the employees on such days is a good idea too. Organizations can have a bulletin board or a shelf wherein they place trophies or put up notices about individual, team and organizational achievements, from time to time.
In the words of Ryunosuke Satoro, "Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." So, all organizations, in order to make profits and be successful, should undertake these team building activities. After all, investing in the human capital is the best investment decision a company can take!