Team building activities in the workplace result in happier and more optimistic employees. Photo credit: Village Singapura (Image from https://www.articles.asme.org.sg/single-post/2017/01/24/How-Fun-Team-Building-Activities-Can-Help-to-Make-Your-Pep-Talk-More-Inspiring-and-Impactful)
- More and more companies are undertaking regular team building activities in an effort to keep employees motivated, satisfied and more productive.
- Team building activities in the workplace helps foster critical connections and social ties between employees that keeps them both happy and engaged at work.
“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders". Good leaders build great teams, inspire them and drive the company towards a common goal. It is crucial that employees know where the company is heading towards in the next five, or ten years so that they can be aligned in the same direction.
When employees are not able to see their purpose in the company, and there are few rewards or acknowledgements for their work, the job becomes a tedious daily grind and they become disengaged and unmotivated.
One of the most effective strategies employed by good leaders is communicating a bold, specific, and consistent vision to their employees. They motivate and engage them by sharing with them the purpose and goals of the organisation. They also show the employees how their work contributes directly to the success of the organisation.
One way to communicate the organisation’s vision effectively is through an inspiring pep talk. However, for a pep talk to be inspiring and impactful, it is not only dependent on the person giving it, but also dependent on the people receiving it.
Pep talks are usually given during a company’s meeting or over a meal event to employees who are either seated passively around a conference table, or fighting food coma. How do you think your pep talk will land on your employees at these instances? The impact level would probably not be as strong as you had wanted it to be.
Now consider you, as the leader, giving a pep talk to your employees after they have just completed fun team building event. Their minds are now active and engaged after a series of team building activities In the workplace.
Team building activities in the workplace will develop communication amongst your team and also create some great memories. PHOTO: PEXELS
They have grown closer and bonded through their interactions during the event, and at that instance, developed a sense of closeness to the company. They are happy and optimistic, and hence more open and receptive to what the leader has to say.
Your pep talk at this instance will thus be more inspiring and impactful for them.
How does this work? We break it down to 3 factors for you:
Benefits of team building activities in the workplace for employee motivation
Having a bonding activity at different and new venues other than in the office or company’s board room breaks the day-to-day routine of the employees. They tend to start the day excited instead of the boredom that is usually associated with company meetings.
This thus will shift their context for the day to positivity. When one has a joyful and positive attitude, their thoughts and actions will also be joyful and positive. You want to start the team on this positive note, so that the likelihood of them being more inspired and impacted by your pep talk is higher.
According to Dr. Rajiv Kumar, co-founder and CEO of ShapeUp, “Frequently bringing employees together for team activities, competitions, offsite events and retreats and healthy happy hours helps foster critical connections and social ties between employees that keeps them both happy and engaged at work."
According to Martin Seligman’s work in positive psychology, when people are happy, they tend to have a more optimistic and positive outlook. Hence, having a fun team building activity before your pep talk leads to happy employees who are more optimistic and positive about messages that they receive. This will likely make your pep talk to be more inspiring and impactful!
Team building activities in the workplace is an effective tool to increase bonding between employees. PHOTO: PEXELS
Bonding between employees would have definitely increased after an effective session. There will be this sense of closeness and belonging to the company developed by the team.
We have heard some of our clients say that until today, they are still referring to each other as the characters they played in our role-playing programme two years back.
This sense of closeness fostered during team building activities In the workplace increases motivation in employees as they gain trust in their fellow employees, and feel confident that their work as a team will be recognized and appreciated. This will likely allow them to better appreciate the messages in the pep talk, and be impacted by it too.
A good leader drives the company towards a common goal through effective and inspiring pep talks. Using fun team building activities in the workplace as a prelude can make your pep talk more inspiring and create a lasting impact on your employees.
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