May 7, 2013, Chicago, Illinois; In today's everyday work world, coping is the name of the game. Coping usually means crunching longer hours, finishing work alone, and hoping for the best. Rarely do we take the time to think about how teamwork can improve productivity and boost morale at the same time. Susan Cain of the Corporate Learning Institute, a Chicago-based corporate team building consultancy, thinks that building teams in corporation is critical to creating a thriving workforce. "We have seen how many companies use a matrixed approach to work now," she commented recently. "Most corporate employees need to work across their organization to get things done. This creates a huge need to build effective teams that work up and down and across an organization's functional areas.
According to Cain, corporate team building training helps workers learn to connect and develop the interpersonal relationship skills that result in better performance. "We have to build strong communities at work who can support each other during tough times," she stated. Building teams in corporations is easier to do than many people think. Many companies build teams by holding informal get-togethers. Others provide team training to ensure that teams operate as effectively as possible. Still others send teams to off-site team challenge courses.
"Building effective teams in corporations means dedicating the time and dollars to ensure that the team building really works," Cain concluded. Team building training can include assessment tools that help teams get in touch with their strengths and weaknesses. Assessments such as the MBTI or the DiSC Personal Profile Assessment allow teams to develop action plans that can alter their performance for the better. These tools allow team members to think about their best options for collaborating effectively. They can also propel a group forward as team members learn to leverage the strengths of each individual team member.
The three main options for building teams-informal get-together, team training and off-site team challenge courses provide benefits as well as drawbacks to consider.
Informal get-together allow teams to get to know each other in a casual environment. These events include coffee breaks, picnics, and other outings. When workers get to know each other better, they can transfer valuable information and learn to count on each other as resources. The downside to this approach is that it is hard to measure and quantify impact.
Team training like that offered at The Corporate Learning Institute offers teams valuable skill building sessions. These workshops build real skills such as communication, trust, collaboration, project management, time management or strategy development. Face-to-face training has been proven development tools that can create help teams develop high performance results. Corporate team building has the added benefit of proving value by assessing its impact.
Off-site team challenge courses provide teams with a hands-on learning opportunity that is fun and compelling. Teams begin on grounds-level activities and build towards compelling a high ropes course,
high above the ground. Team members learn to assess the goal of each activity, and develop the team skills to support each other through each activity. The results are increased trust, communication and commitment to team goals. This approach also allows its impact to be evaluated. Research supports that the impact of corporate team challenge training can be extended by reinforcing skills back on the job.
Corporate team building is a requirement for developing competent and performance-based team results. This article has reviewed three corporate team-building approaches that can help companies develop team performance and capabilities.
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