The degree to which your company recognizes the importance of team building is in direct proportion to management’s commitment to humanizing the company’s mission. If the only thing you’re focused on is dollar signs, then frankly, your company is flying blind and you’ll eventually crash.
The health of your bottom line will only be as vibrant as the company itself. As a leader, if you focus on the importance of team building by making the health of these interpersonal relationships a top priority, then the health of your bottom line will improve organically.
Foundationally, a strong emphasis on and commitment to the importance of team building should be a part of the infrastructure of your company. It should be reflected in the corporation’s vision statement; it should be part and parcel of your business plan.
A company that honors the importance of team building compels its managers to treat their employees like the lifeblood of the company, instead of slotting them into the organizational chart like mindless cogs in the wheel of a corporate grindstone. When you dehumanize and depersonalize the way you deal with your workers, that wheel will eventually come to a screeching halt and so will your business.
For even the most enlightened leaders, team building is hard work in itself. Leaders who take full ownership of its importance live outside their own comfort zones, the better to understand what makes their team members tick. They embrace the sweat equity of listening to, validating, and rewarding hard workers for their hard work as if they matter as human beings and not just as employees.
To gain momentum in your team building efforts, consider participating in charitable team building workshops. Assembling a stuffed toy. Stuffing a red wagon full of toys. Building a wheelchair. Donating a bike. Creating care packages for homesick soldiers. Caring enough to package pet products for an animal-loving family. Feeding a holiday dinner to a family or donating dry goods to a food bank. The opportunities to give, share, and grow are unlimited. And so are the opportunities for you and your staff to grow into a viable team.
Charitable team building workshops help build credibility with your staff. Employees willingly, even enthusiastically, follow leaders whom they grow to trust as their allies and advocates. Smart leaders understand that when they treat workers like people, they become more productive workers; office morale soars; and in the end, the leaders themselves are given all the credit. Charitable team building workshops can help break the ice and set the wheels in motion for some serious relationship building–and all while you’re having the time of your life. And that’s the real importance of team building.