Team building – The best and the worst

Posted on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by

For many of us, a team-building activity is rarely remembered with fondness. It is remembered with annoyance at being away from the office when you could be working.

Or perhaps frustration that you’re taking part in uncomfortable activities that won’t impact your relationship with colleagues.

Or even disbelief that your managers actually believe that blindly falling backwards into the arms of a co-worker is going to increase efficiency and output.

The worst

In many circumstances, these feelings are understandable, but it’s through no fault of your event management department or bosses. It’s often because the team-building co-ordinators/instructors don’t really understand the psychology of what they’re trying to achieve. As a result, they incorporate off-the-shelf, outdated, inapt activities that aren’t suitable for modern workplaces.

Consequently, team-building activities are often met with scepticism. They even have an almost unfair ‘David Brent’ stereotype as being corny, cringeworthy and utterly futile.

The truth is this stigma has been bought about through a one-size-fits-all approach that too many team-building companies have deployed throughout the years. They don’t take into consideration how different organisations work and the ultimate end goal.

The best

When done correctly with clearly defined goals, a team-building activity can have a huge impact on team relationships, working efficiency and company commitment. As a result, they increase happiness, employment longevity and the desire to cooperate and help each other out.

This is what we believe a team-building event should aim to achieve each and every time. Our Events team will always ask the question: ‘What do you actually want to accomplish through this exercise?’ Once this has been clearly defined, we will develop a bespoke solution that will benefit your company and team.

In the past we’ve designed digital and physical games, we’ve held video workshops, scripted participative theatre, designed art installations, filled crates with medical supplies and even arranged a recording session at Abbey Road Studios. Going off-grid and doing something unique is often the only way to achieve the desired results.

If you want to create a happy working environment, inject energy and life back into your office and promote teamwork and unity, get in touch. We’ll design and build you a truly beneficial and worthwhile solution that will not only meet, but exceed, your every expectation and objective.

Remember, a happy workplace is a productive workplace.

Team Building

Team-building at Abbey Road Studios