Building a connection between team members is critical. Whether your team has just been created, you are introducing someone new or you’ve been working together for years and are noticing a shift in how everyone interacts with one another, corporate team building is crucial to building, and strengthening, a connection between your employees.
By building a connection between your employees, your business will make teamwork more enjoyable and that will improve communication, collaboration and productivity
With that in mind, here are five ways in which your business can build a stronger connection between its employees.
- Spend some relaxed time together
Your team will spend a lot of time together working on projects. Before you jump into the work, consider taking your team out for some relaxed time together. This may include a team lunch or an after work get together (so long as it is something that your team is excited to do – otherwise it may feel like more work). Team members will be able to chat casually and learn more about each other, without the pressure of responsibilities and work.
- Consider mentorship
If you have someone new joining the team, assign them a mentor to work with. This can be less intimidating than getting to know everyone at once, and the mentor can walk them through processes before they are thrown in the deep end.
- Have regular meetings
Having regular meetings can be a good way to help team members get more comfortable with each other and create open communication. This doesn’t mean sitting down for 30 to 60 minutes every day. Instead, keep it light and informal and have a quick stand up (or zoom call). Let everyone have a minute or two to talk about what they are doing that day and give them a chance to ask for assistance if they need it. This will help keep everyone on track and ensure everyone remembers they are part of a team. This meeting should be 10 to 20 minutes depending on the size of your group.
- Make time for small talk
Small talk can sometimes be labelled as unprofessional but small talk will help create a bond between team members. Learning more about each other’s interests can help make a connection that goes beyond getting the job done. This can help employees get to know one another so that they can better relate. It also builds respect and understanding and helps team members feel valued.
- Try a team building event
Team building activities help break down barriers to communication and collaboration so that your team members can work together to achieve one clear goal, which helps build a connection. And by asking your employees to work together in a more relaxed environment, your team can learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses in a low-risk situation. This can help with role assignments and uncover leadership qualities.
Are you interested in holding a corporate event or team building activity this year? We invite you to browse through our programs to get some ideas flowing. We’re always ready to discuss your goals and suggest programs that would be a good fit, small group or large! Contact us today for more information.