Why team building works

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By Henry Brown

Team building brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Team building in the workplace is the process of creating a team that is working together effectively towards a common goal. The importance and main purpose of team building are to create a strong team through forming bonds and connections. Creating these bonds through team building is very beneficial. The benefits of team building include increased communication, planning skills, employee motivation, and employee collaboration. But why does it work so well?

Networking, socializing, and getting to know each other better

Socializing and making friends in the workplace is one of the best ways to increase productivity in the virtual, hybrid, or in-person workplace. This helps to increase morale in the office and can help your team to adapt to a virtual work environment more effectively. This can help to solve any issues that you might encounter as everyone gets used to the ‘new normal’. Holding a team-building activity, such as one of these outdoor team building activities for adults, can be short and simple or could be a more complex event that everyone has more time to plan for. There are even virtual team-building events that you can try if your team isn’t yet able to meet in person. Whatever you do, use it to show your appreciation for your team’s hard work.

Teamwork and boosting team performance

Team building activities also work to improve workplace projects that need teamwork, because it helps the teams to understand each other better. After completing team-building activities as a team, employees will be better able to understand each other’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This understanding will help them to work even better together on future projects for your company.

When everyone is contributing their best, it sets the tone for positive work culture. Each team is different, and every individual has something unique to contribute. Once you have been able to identify potential, your team will be able to reach its collective potential as well.

Competition and bragging rights

Competition has been shown to increase productivity. By channeling that increased productivity you have encouraged into a fun, inclusive team-building activity, teams can bond in a more effective way than by other methods. Learning to work well together can take a bit of time, but you might be surprised at how fast your teams can come together when there is an incentive to win something on offer. You could offer prizes, like extra days off or a late pass.

Celebration, team spirit, fun, and motivation

After any sports team wins a major championship, they celebrate and have fun together, which motivates them to want to win even more next time. This example shows that celebration, cheering, and the fun that comes with every team bonding event can help to motivate employees to take their job to the next level.

A successful team-building activity will surely mean a more comfortable, successful workplace environment for any company, large or small. Are you ready to improve your team’s communications, skills, collaboration, and performance, among other abilities?


Henry Brown is an online marketing executive. When he isn’t talking shop, he’s roaming the streets of London, uncovering the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.

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