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Leaders, you're getting team building completely wrong

Team building has often been touted as a ‘must’ for promoting collective wellbeing, instilling office comradery and enhancing overall work-life balance.

For decades, work retreats to rural cottages to drone on endlessly about work ‘family’, team picnics, escape rooms and various other activity days have served only to tick a box that stated that the business is a ‘fun’ place to work and that they have team building ‘covered’.

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Comments (3)

  • Sarah Harvey
    Sarah Harvey
    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 2:57pm BST
    Yes yes yes! Thank you for saying this publicly. I have been saying this for years. In my experience, these events are not loved by everyone and in some people it induces extreme anxiety about what they are going to be asked to do, putting them way out of their comfort zone and not in a way that enhances their learning. Put this together with the lack of relating back to workplace behaviours and it is at best a fun day out, for others a waste of time and for some, a real demotivator and stressor. I'm all for making team building directly relatable back to the business. It may not appear so 'cool' but it can still be engaging and fun if designed correctly.
  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler
    Thu, 10 Oct 2019 2:42pm BST
    Something the military have known and practiced over the decades!
  • david
    david
    Thu, 10 Oct 2019 9:19am BST
    I partially agree, that the old days of team building may be less relevant, but the physical experience of being together and doing something challenging where you rely upon other people serves to build mutual trust as it requires people to be vulnerable and to help each other....you cannot replace this with webinars and online networking. However there is much that may be achieved using online fora so long as the learning is skilfully handled using a variety of techniques that naturally demonstrate and imbed the collaborative approach to interactions; the generally requires a good facilitator, preferably who is not compromised by being directly line manager to those learning.
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