The numbers are staggering.
- 60% of employees lack the elements required to be highly engaged
- 82% of employees said it’s critical that their organization address the employee engagement problem
- 69% of employees report engagement is an issue in their organization
It is clear that communication in the workplace should be encouraged by all companies, but how? There are many tactics you can use, but here are three team building activities that boost communication in the workplace right away.
1. Spark Communication: Team Building Events
If communication in the workplace is poor or just needs a little boost, hands-on team building events and activities provide a platform to jumpstart your efforts and improve results.
Team building events provide fun ways to bond with your staff on their own; however, organizations see greater and longer lasting benefits when an event focuses self-confidence as part of a larger strategy to accomplish specific goals.
Teams looking to boost communication in the workplace learn practical skills through hands-on programs and activities like Pipeline and Chain Reaction. These activities require real teamwork, inter-team collaboration, negotiation and competition.
Participants must communicate seamlessly, troubleshoot their designs and find a perfect balance between creativity, functionality and attention to detail. The techniques you learn can be applied directly to your work.
2. Practice Communication: Applied Improv
Applied Improv is a program tailored for soft skills and leadership development. Through participating in improv exercises and games you develop vital professional skills. This program is more than becoming a comedian or just having fun as a team.
You will not learn how to tell jokes or deliver a theatrical performance. This approach puts the principles and techniques of improvisational theater to work in non-theatrical venues.
Improvements to communication in the workplace is one of the strongest outcomes of Applied Improv programs. Applied Improv focuses on enhancing self-awareness, conveying the importance of your message and learning techniques for developing and maintaining self confidence. You also get better at paying attention and listening to others.
Right now in the world’s top organizations, the tools of improvisation are helping individuals and teams deal with change and complexity.
Dynamic programs like the TeamProv Workshop teach essential – yet often overlooked – communication and listening skills that will consistently improve the quality of your work.
You can practice throughout the year by starting meetings with exercises like Yes And. . .
3. Nurture Communication: Office Gamification
Simple, daily activities at work can make you feel more engaged during the workday. Although some forms of technology can be distracting, there are many successful bite-sized employee engagement and communication strategies made possible by technology.
The Officevibe platform compliments tools like Yammer, which facilitate communication in the workplace. By focusing on making participation fun for the employee in the first place, gamification encourages good habits that will boost and nurture communication within your team.
Has team building helped you boost communication in the workplace? What activities have worked? Failed? Do you know why?
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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