What does your company do for fun? Perhaps it’s not the first thing you think about when you picture your job, however there are many reasons why dedicating time with your colleagues outside of actual work is good for the company’s overall success.
Getting to know each other better is crucial for workplace harmony. Sure, you don’t need to be best friends with your coworkers, but when you feel comfortable around someone or at least understand how they tick, you are better equipped to solve the everyday workplace issues without things escalating into problems.
When you collaborate with people you are comfortable with, you are likely to share ideas more freely and openly – allowing for more creativity which translates to more successful and innovative ideas.
Improving communication among colleagues is one of the most important things team building accomplishes.
Normally wages are the biggest expense of a company so keeping your employees happy is a critical investment to make as it is much more cost efficient to retain quality people than continuing to source, hire and train new ones. Besides strengthening the bonds between the team, employees are often motivated and refreshed after a team building activity resulting in higher productivity and better results.
Many times, company sponsored events are viewed as a waste of time. Make sure to add value to these events with well thought out activities or a quality guest speaker. Another option to consider is to take out the corporate stuff altogether. Find the balance between fun and productive. You want to create a memorable event that doesn’t feel like time at the office or time wasted.
To give you an example, peak 1 has done a few activities over the last few months. As you might have seen in our previous post, we volunteered together. Volunteering not only serves a purpose for the greater good, it provides an opportunity to work together in new and unique ways separate from how you might work together in the office.
When the fiscal year began, we held a kickoff event. We rotated teams a few times throughout the day, sharing ideas on how we can be more productive, more creative and more efficient. Although this particular event was more company focused, it was organized in a way that concentrated on personal growth rather than the bottom line. At the end of the day, we had dinner and drinks at a restaurant near by. Being able to relax, talk openly and reflect on the day made it even more effective.
One other event I’d like to share with you is a barbecue party our CEO hosted at his house in the mountains. Although this event was optional, on a Saturday and over 2 hours away, almost every employee attended, some with their families. This has become an annual event and something everyone looks forward to. It is an opportunity to interact in a different environment, cook for each other, get to know new people (spouses, children) and new things about the people we spend a significant amount of time with during the week.
Investing time into the people that make up your company or organization is invaluable. Make the time to create memorable events throughout the year that your employees can look forward to. Create annual events and balance them with new and unexpected activities.