Growing your business might mean reaching out to new clients, moving into a new office space, or developing a new product. It might also mean taking a look at how to improve your employees’ ability to work together. Through team building activities, many of which typically involve completing collaborative tasks like solving a puzzle or completing a scavenger hunt, your team will learn how to solve problems, communicate more effectively, understand their individual roles within the office, and more. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from a team building workshop.
Team building workshops that guide groups towards a final goal can motivate participants to use their time well and get as much done as possible to succeed. Whether the team needs to present an idea or simply finish a ropes course, members will need to use their ability to communicate, think creatively, and prioritize to finish the task at hand. Motivating employees to succeed in this way can help them find new ways to maintain their productivity. This means that in the office, employees are more likely to retain that drive to put their best work forward, particularly if their behavior is rewarded in some way.
Driving Effective Communication
Communication is a key element of any team building workshop. When solving a complex problem, employees will need to articulate their ideas and listen to those of others to decide on a course of action. With a limited amount of time in which to complete the activity, clear communication becomes even more important. Learning how to communicate to solve a more entertaining problem translates directly to improved communication in the workplace. Employees are likely to remember what worked and what didn’t during the workshop and use that information to better explain what resources they need, discuss plans and priorities, and assist their coworkers. This, in turn, may reduce conflict and further boost productivity.
Reaching Team Goals
Setting and meeting goals is an important element of any team building workshop. As your group works to complete the overarching goal of the workshop, it will need to develop smaller goals along the way. By breaking the project down into smaller goals, such as solving individual puzzles in an escape room, your team will learn how to delegate tasks and manage a project effectively. Members will also gain a better understanding of what it means to use their unique skills in the pursuit of a solution. This can all lead to more efficient meetings and a better understanding of how to frame goals in the future.
Dealing with Internal Conflict
Many team building workshops introduce an element of stress. You may find yourselves with just one hour to escape a room or walking through an obstacle course while blindfolded. In these situations, tensions can run high. Teammates must resolve these issues quickly in order to save time and maintain their good working relationships. Back in the office, employees can use these skills to identify, address, and resolve problems that would otherwise stand in the way of productivity and a peaceful working environment.
With so much to do and so little time to do it, participants in a team building workshop will need to quickly figure out how to prioritize their tasks. They may need to convince teammates of the best order in which to complete each one or explain the logic behind their decisions, then come to an agreement. These activities can show employees how to evaluate the importance of each task. Back in the office, task prioritization can help teams and individuals alike better understand what steps should come first as they tackle a new project.
Effective Planning Skills
Finally, team building workshops help develop more effective planning skills. Participants will have to collect information, put it in a logical order, and enact their plans throughout the workshop. They’ll also need to incorporate input from their teammates, where appropriate. Through this process, your employees will learn how to create logical plans and assemble the necessary resources to complete each step. These skills will allow them to develop realistic plans and more confidently ask for support to see them through in the office.
Team Building at Bond’s
Speak to Bond’s Escape Room for more information about team building workshops and to schedule your own team building event. Bond’s offers themed escape room adventures with theater-grade props and immersive experiences for groups of any size. As your team works to solve puzzles and escape the room, they’ll also work on their communication, problem solving, prioritization, and more. Bond’s offers breakfast packages in addition to phone sales, team building, and time management workshops to complement your one-hour escape room experience. Groups can also book the VIP Room to discuss the day’s goals, talk about what they’ve learned after the adventure, or simply relax with some refreshments. Contact them today to find out more!