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10 Advantages of Team Building Activities

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10 Advantages of Team Building Activities

Among the HR challenges, developing, integrating and bringing teams together are at the top. With this perspective, many resort to the famous team building actions. They are great allies, as long as they are used for the correct purpose and properly. Otherwise, the end result will be frustration.

What is Team Building?

Team Building can be translated as team building. This is the name given to the work that is done with groups, which, through experience or experimentation activities, aim to generate reflection and awaken participants to the benefit of working collaboratively. The nomenclature is given to the broader concept for this segmentation of activities, but within it there are several methodologies, dynamics and techniques.

Immersion meetings, when well conducted, generate high impact learning. The professional leaves a super formal reality, where everyone is isolated and focused on their own computer, and goes to the ‘hands on’. This experience is much more intense, where the natural of each one appears.

How to do a Team Building?

Team building activities can be worked in small or large groups, who already know each other or between strangers who will work together. In large groups, with more than 100 people, for example, it is indicated to segment them into subgroups, from 20 to 25 people, to be worked on at the same time, and each facilitator is responsible for taking care of one of them.

A team building activity consists of 4 fundamental steps, which take place in the following order:

  1. Activity guide. Where the facilitator explains the activity and gives all the necessary instructions to the group.
  2. The practice. When the group performs the activity;
  3. Group processing. Time when the group reflects on the result and lessons learned from the action, both positive and negative, and shares the analysis with the instructor;
  4. Debriefing. Moment in which the facilitator explains the purpose of the activity, discusses the reflections of each group and deepens them, sharing the perceptions he had as a spectator and solving the doubts of the participants.

The richest part of team building is reflection, which is usually related to some kind of learning related to the value of working as a team to go further.

Experience and experimentation, the greatest assets of Team Building

Andragogy, the science that guides adult learning, has already proven that retention varies according to the way content is absorbed. The brain learns by a combination of stimuli, as shown in the following image:

Image 1 - William Glasser's Learning Pyramid
Image 1 – William Glasser’s Learning Pyramid

This denotes the importance of doing, feeling and living, precisely the main differentials of an experiential program.

In short, talking about teamwork has very little effect compared to the result of experiencing the advantages and disadvantages gained after a concrete, practical exercise. There are things you can only learn by living, and teamwork is one of them. Think you’re going to explain to someone what the experience of skydiving is like. You can explain everything in as much detail as possible, write, draw, show a video, associate feelings with the person she already knows (butterflies in her stomach, ride a roller coaster), but none of this will make her understand the experience and everything the person felt, without having passed through it. It makes sense?

Therefore, it is possible to understand that the practical gains and real understanding of teamwork can only take place through the practical and individual experience of each one. Theoretical concepts can be allies of learning, they are welcome and can be worked on at the time of the debriefing, as a complement.

Why do a Team Building?

10 advantages of doing with your team:

  1. It makes people know each other;
  2. It can be done in small or large groups;
  3. It is a moment of relaxation;
  4. Promotes team integration;
  5. Gives a message, teaches a lesson;
  6. Promotes deep learning;
  7. Stimulates teamwork, showing its advantages;
  8. The person’s natural nature appears in a situation;
  9. Provides experience and experimentation;
  10. It generates provocation and reflection on day-to-day attitudes, encouraging a change in posture.

Does Team Building Always Build Trust?

A team building meeting is a great option to improve communication, bring people together, break barriers, move from the ‘I’ to the ‘we’. Besides being super fun. However, in the medium term, it is not always sustainable. After the post-immersion euphoria effect has passed, some behaviors go back to their previous model and the walls start to be built again.

Building and maintaining trust takes time, care and constant maintenance. It is necessary to create mechanisms to increase intimacy, credibility and consistency, in addition to decreasing self-orientation. Therefore, to create such deep bonds, a punctual action is insufficient.

It was with this need for greater depth and long-term support in mind that we went further by creating an exclusive Trust Building methodology.

Posted in February 2022

AUTHOR [Danielle Amate]