Many leaders and organizations reach a point where they realize that they want to bring people together and help them interact more effectively. Perhaps they've noticed reduced morale, general lack of motivation or lower productivity. They bring in the team building expert, everyone does a few activities and people feel great. The feeling of well-being lasts about a day and then everyone reverts to the same behaviors they've always practiced.
The standard approach to team building helps people bond casually but it often neglects the things that bring people together. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to improve the results you get from team building and help your employees connect on a deeper level.
Do people really understand other people's points of view and are they able to walk a mile in their shoes?
Do people listen to each other and let the other person say whatever is in his or her mind? Do they do it without interruptions, jokes and advice-giving?
Is the company committed to helping people build stronger teams? Is there a culture of team building from the top down?
Do people connect with each other on a deeper level? Do they move past superficial banter to really getting to know each other?
Are people there for each other unconditionally? Do they step in to help each other because they genuinely care?
Think about how you address these concepts in your own workplace. Team building can yield much greater results for your organization if you move beyond short-term efforts to approaches that keep the process going and create a workplace that values team building.