“You have to spend money to make money”
We have all heard this adage, but what does it really mean? There are as many answers to that question as there are business types. We all understand the need to buy supplies, hire staff or advertise. Have you given thought to what your Team Work efforts or lack thereof are costing you? Teamwork is not necessarily something that is organic growth or occurs naturally. It must be cultivated and nurtured before it can become a self-sustaining asset.
Teamwork can form naturally. It is a natural tendency of humans to seek out those whom they identify or feel comfortable with. Due to these tendencies. organizational cliques can develop within any business. There is teamwork, but the “team” does not include everyone.
“I can’t afford to pay for my group to party and have fun”
Teamwork is not all about having fun together or at work. Conversely, without getting your staff together and outside of their comfort zones. What is there to bind people together? One could argue that simply getting your group together in a neutral environment can break down barriers. Eliminating distractions while in that neutral setting can focus the attendees on the commonality of your purpose as an organization.
Here are the top trends in team building for 2018 according to Deseri Garcia with Vida Aventura:
#1. Team Building that gives back to the community
#2. TV-inspired events
#3. Virtual team building events
#4. Culinary-centric Events
#5. Team building with movement, art and music
#6. Technology and Gaming
#7. Team Development Events
#8. Business Simulations
#9. Outdoor and Adventure-based
#10. Multi-day destination retreats
These trends are admirable and will likely result in bringing your group together, most will also cost your organization a lot of time and money. It can present quite a dilemma to any business.
So how do I foster teamwork on a budget?
There is still no substitute for getting your group physically together. Yes, they may be together at work every day. That is not the same as having people interact on a personal level in a distraction-free environment. Perhaps something as simple as gathering your team in a comfortable, quiet location and just talking to each other. Perhaps you just tell stories about your lives or each person could present a short bio of their work and personal lives. A staff that normally feel they have nothing in common can suddenly discover connections they didn’t know existed.
The key to getting people communicating and interacting is gathering in a quiet, comfortable environment with few outside distractions. That is where The Beacon Center can help. Our clean, quiet, professional facility is ideal for distraction-free interaction, without costing you an arm and a leg.