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10 Practical Team Building Tips

Many leaders and organizations try to implement team building in one or two sessions only to find that their employees quickly revert to old behaviors. It takes time and commitment for team building to take root and grow in any organization. It's nearly impossible to move away from the behaviors you've built up over time and replace them with new, more effective ones without sustained effort. Here are ten practical tips to help you get the most out of your team building program.

  1. Make sure leadership is fully involved and sets a positive tone.
  2. Team building is offered to employees at every level.
  3. A one-hour time block per week is set aside for team building activities.
  4. Refrain from changing the team building schedule or combining it with other meetings.
  5. No interruptions during sessions, including people using phones, texting or being called out of the activities.
  6. Leave egos and agendas at the door, everyone is treated equally.
  7. Use an experienced, positive and neutral facilitator for activities.
  8. Focus on activities that build deeper interactions and relationships.
  9. Practice new behaviors over time.
  10. Evaluate how you’re doing after six months and make adjustments if necessary.

The key to successful team building is to participate in activities that bring people together on a deeper level and help them acquire skills to keep moving forward. Practice team building over time so that everyone gets used to doing it. Once people are comfortable with your new approach, it becomes second nature and your workplace shifts to one where collaboration and shared purpose are the norm. How will you promote long-term team building in your organization?



0 thoughts on “10 Practical Team Building Tips

  1. Justin Mazza

    The best way that I experienced team building was by doing activities outside the office like social gatherings, sporting events and festivals.

    Sometimes the office has a certain tone to it so it it good to go somewhere neutral so the team can experience each other in a different environment.

  2. mfi

    Your 10 tips are definitely helpful, and essential to team building. One thing we like to do is to split into small groups (different groups each time) and work on problem solving, appointing a team leader (different leader every time) to each group to head the project. We find that they become more invested into the problem solving approach when there is some level of responsibility involved, and it helps improve motivation, focus and productivity.