When morale is down in the workplace, the quality of work from your staff can suffer. When staff fail to work together, morale can be low. But as a business owner, you can encourage your staff to work better as a team by improving relationships, communication and engagement with team-building activities. In fact, conference centre venue, Wyboston Lakes explains why team building is beneficial for a business.
1. Effective communication
Without effective communication amongst colleagues, the quality of your staff’s work can suffer. In fact, a lack of collaboration or ineffective communication has been linked to 86 per cent of all workplace failures cited by employees and executives, a survey reported on by ClearCompany has revealed. A study by HerdWisdom also detailed that 33 per cent of employees believe a lack of open and honest communication will have the most negative impact on employee morale.
Team building events are great for improving communication amongst your staff. For all activities, members of a group must talk and discuss options in order to solve a problem that they’ve encountered. Communicating in these scenarios could lead to barriers being broken — employees being shy to talk to each other, for instance — which then carries through when staff members are back in the workplace.
2. The importance of team work
According to a study by the University of Phoenix, almost three quarters (70 per cent) of respondents stated that they feel they’re part of a dysfunctional team. Meanwhile, research by Gallup suggests that poorly managed work groups are on average 50 per cent less productive and 44 per cent less profitable.
It is figures like these which highlight the importance of getting teams to work together as much as possible. Team-building events will do this, as they teach participants about how working together will improve the efficiency of all members involved – for example, how one team member can help another one’s weakness.
3. Keeping your staff engaged
An engaged member of staff tends to be more productive than an unengaged employee. In fact, did you know that employees who have a high engagement level are 87 per cent less likely to leave a company than those who have a low engagement level? That’s according to research reported on by Officevibe when they were looking into statistics related to disengaged employees.
Organising team building activities helps to boost engagement among colleagues, as they bond with each other while working together. Friendships could develop during these events too, with research by Gallup claiming that having a close friend at work can increase engagement by 50 per cent.
Mark Jones, the managing director of Wyboston Lakes, was also keen to add: “Any organisation will benefit from an engaged workforce; employees that are committed, passionate and inspired by their performance will of course generate superior customer service and increased profitability.”