A lot of team building focuses on superficial interactions and activities that make people temporarily happy but overlook the underlying thoughts and behaviors that bring people together. Meaningful team building encourages people to empathize with others and collaborate well. Here are some ideas to help you design a program that goes below the surface:
- People examine their own behaviors and how they impact others.
- Each individual talks about what's meaningful to him or her.
- Everyone listens to others without interruptions or comments.
- Each person is given the time and space to share meaningfully.
- The environment is safe and conducive to deeper sharing.
- People are encouraged to practice empathy and compassion.
- Participants praise each other.
- Everyone is invited to let his or her guard down.
- The process is ongoing and becomes part of the company culture.
- Leadership demonstrates commitment to the program by participating actively and allocating time and resources.
Try these ideas and you'll help people come together by building self-awareness, connecting on a deeper level and understanding each other beyond pleasantries. What will you do to practice deeper team building?