Networking generates business leads that can help you and your team grow your business through sales and partnerships. However, there are 4 major reasons why people struggle with networking:
- Your policies and practices discourage it.
- Many people may find it unnatural or need to hone their skills.
- Divisions between individuals and teams are preventing networking.
- Management and team are out of step.
So, how do you get your employees to network effectively?
It’s challenging to build long-term relationships with external contacts if you have high staff turnover, shift staff around a lot or if you have longstanding staff who are resistant to moving towards a more relationship-driven business model. You may need to alter recruitment, incentive and staff development practices. Once you’ve started to cultivate an environment that encourages networking, you may still need to tackle other barriers that your team is facing.
Internal team networking will turn your staff into relationship-building pros.
The majority of people find networking difficult or unnatural. Teams can also be very territorial. Sometimes management and teams can be completely out of step with each other. Internal team networking can help you overcome these barriers.
Internal networking is when you reach out to colleagues within your organization, even if your job doesn’t require you to do so. When your team looks outside their immediate, day-to-day activities and think about how they can connect with and create value for others in your company, your company and individual team members all benefit from this. Plus, many of the same principles apply for both external and internal networking.
The Progressive Networking Dinner is an energizing, fun way for your team to get to know each other while enjoying a fabulous meal. This unique combination of ﬁne dining and team building fun begins with an “ice breaker” for the entire group. Then it’s interactive fun as you enjoy each part of the meal at a different table with different people. As your team enjoys the appetizer, salad, main course and dessert, they engage in a tabletop game or exercise and will learn more about each other, while improving team skills and building new connections.
You cannot convert your team into networking pros overnight, but you can help them improve their skills and confidence while breaking down internal barriers.
How have you overcome barriers to growing your business? Have you had success with internal team networking?
Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
Team building exercises with PowerPoints and icebreakers are great. But if you really want your team to come together than blurting off odd facts probably won’t cut it. When you’re looking to get your corporate team out of the office and interacting with each other, check out these 9 Best Team Building Activities in Atlanta.
As per the season, the TeamBonding team celebrated the holidays with a bang. Each year, the entire TeamBonding team kicks off the holidays with our annual holiday party. It’s always a new activity or adventure we haven’t done before. It gets hard trying to come up with new fun things to do and one-upping the year before. We try to do different activities each time and this year was no different. For our big surprise this year, we went to The Studio Kitchen at Kingston Collection in Kingston, MA.
Welcome to the new and improved TeamBonding site! We are excited to announce the launch of TeamBonding’s newly designed website. We hope you like our new site which was designed with our new slogan “Where Work Meets Play” in mind. We streamlined it to be more user-friendly and reflective of our company values. The site is compatible with tablets and smartphones, making it easy for you to keep in touch on-the-move.
When you’re making your New Year’s resolutions, keep in mind what you achieved in the past year, both positives and negatives. The truth is, while we can make as many New Year’s resolutions as we want, they won’t come to fruition if you don’t actually have the motivation and care to.
Last Week TeamBonding Celebrated Giving Tuesday in a Big Way! David and Wendy Goldstein, the owners of TeamBonding, decided to encourage donations by matching every staff member’s individual donation. As a result of David and Wendy’s generosity, and the generosity of our incredible team, we were able to raise $2,000 for a variety of charities. It was a heartwarming display of kindness and collaboration from the TeamBonding crew and their leaders. Our team explains why they gave to their chosen charities below.
I’m Michael Carroll – business enthusiast, student and currently TeamBonding marketing and sales intern. This fall as part of my internship I will be focusing on increasing SEO traffic and analyzing sales processes. In my posts, I’m going to be sharing some of my young, but wise expertise and bringing you behind the scenes. I’ll be posting blogs on what goes on during these activities while using my observations to share my experiences. This time team building came to TeamBonding with ice sculpting.
This year TeamBonding celebrated Thanksgiving with our very own Teamsgiving hosted by David and Wendy Goldstein, the owners of TeamBonding. As you can probably imagine, things can get a bit busy in the TeamBonding offices. From facilitating events all over the country to developing a new and improved website, we have our hands full. In the spirit of the holiday season, we decided to take a step back and give thanks to our incredible team with a Teamsgiving celebration. Check out some of the highlights below:
Sure, Halloween is for trick-or-treating and dressing your kids up in cute costumes, but we think the adults deserve a treat too! It’s National Pumpkin Day and we’re bringing you three creative ways to incorporate pumpkins into your next grown-up party!
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