Spending a day in the Great British countryside is a great way to energise your employees. Time out of the office can have an energising effect and getting outside and having the chance to have some fun with colleagues is an excellent way of strengthening a team and helping employees to develop key skills.
Here at the Crocky Trail we offer an invigorating environment in which to bring your employees together. We offer customised team building activities here in the heart of Cheshire in a stunning rural setting. Whether you are looking for structured exercises that will help you team to develop specific skills like improved problem solving or communication; or if you just want to give your employees a fun day out, then the Crocky Trail is the perfect environment.
If you are a business located in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington or any of the surrounding areas and you are looking for team building activities in Cheshire, contact us here at the Crocky Trail!
Why Corporate Team Building Makes Sense
If you can put a smile on your employees faces and facilitate them having fun, you’ll find there are a whole host of benefits to be had.
The Benefits of Team Building
- Increase productivity
- Helps with problem solving
- Improve motivation
- Overcome conflict within same/different departments
- Drive creativity
One of the most common goals of corporate team building is to increase productivity and get individual team members working more efficiently together. Team building exercises are a great way of helping employees become more familiar with their colleagues, which in turn can lead to insights and shared common ground that might otherwise have been unapparent.
A team is made up of a group of people and to be productive the group must be cohesive, which essentially means there should be no conflict within the team and each individual member should be working towards achieving a common goal.
Group dynamics however can be complex with multiple underlying processes that will influence how effectively people work together. Tuckman’s theory of group development, published in 1965 identifies 5 distinct stages.
1 Group Storming
When a small group of individuals first come together it takes time for individual roles and personalities to become apparent. During this stage individuals will seek to relate to each other and share information about themselves either directly or through the projection of their personality. This is generally a tumultuous time but should progress forwards to the next forming stage.
2 Group Forming
The group of individual can now identify themselves and others as members of the same time. During this stage structure and hierarchy will be defined. This stage often causes conflict as members fight for their preferred position and attempt to prove themselves suited to a particular role. Team members may be defensive and resistant, clashing with others due to differences in things like personality and communication skills.
Negotiation is often helpful at this stage to ensure that all group members are relatively happy with their position in the group, perceived or otherwise.
3 Group Norming
The group is now established and can begin working together. Individual roles will be clarified and essentially all the foundations will now be put into place to allow the group to begin working together to achieve their goal(s).
4 Group Performing
This stage involves the group performing in order to meet their goals. The focus during this stage is upon performance and getting things done. Group members will often need to interact with each other in order to complete tasks and individuals at this stage should be working to support each other, rather than hinder the tasks progress.
Roles during this stage are generally highly function oriented, think of a well oiled machine operating with all the component parts working harmoniously together to move forwards.
5 Group Adjourning
This final stage involves completion of the task and the team members once again becoming individuals as the team is disbanded.
Clearly there are many elements of teams working together that could present potential problems that can hinder a groups ability to move forwards and operate effectively, damaging the groups cohesion.
If you are a Cheshire based business and feel that your employees would benefit from a team building day, get in touch with us, we can help.
Group Team Building For Increased Efficiency
Team building however doesn’t just help out employees that aren’t performing well together. Team building can help existing teams become even more efficient and can be a great way of bringing new people who are going to be working with each other together. By gaining a deeper understanding of team members, trust is fostered, helping the group formation process.
Corporate team building days offer a tried and tested way to bring individuals together and get them working together in a relaxed and fun way, free of the normal workplace rules, helping them feel more relaxed, less constrained and crucially, happier and as a result more productive.