Particularly in busy times, there can be too much focus on completing tasks, meeting deadlines
Team building is all about understanding, appreciating, developing and maximising the people in your team, according to Dwain Richardson, managing director, Corporate Challenge Events.
Richardson told HRD that events focused on team building provide a time when the focus is purely on these outcomes with no workplace distractions.
He added that the benefits of team building events really depend on what the organisation wants to focus on. Some of the main impacts are team work, communication, leadership, confidence, trust, responsibility, morale and bonding.
Most of these events are designed to be a combination of fun with a focus on specific outcomes that ultimately provide a boost to workplace culture.
"Practicing a positive and fun team culture in your workplace requires time and commitment," said Richardson.
"We all have many and various tasks to perform in our job. Particularly in busy times, the focus can become too heavy on completing tasks, meeting deadlines, getting the job done, that we lose sight on enjoying work and operating effectively in teams.
"In other words, we get too bogged down in day to day operations even though we know the value of a positive team culture."
Richardson said it's similar to exercise in many ways.
"We all know the benefits of being fit and healthy, yet other tasks often take priority over exercising," he said.
"The reality is if we make the time and a commitment we will reap the rewards.
"Undertaking an activity as a team focused on fun and positive outcomes or some training on practicing a positive culture is a great place to start."
Rishcardson added that FISH! is a training philosophy highly regarded for transforming team cultures around the world since the late nineties.
From Richardson's experience, applying the principles of FISH! training has a profound impact in five ways: