When building unity, motivating employees, and building corporate identity at workplace, managers develop team building activities. However, building a strong, identifiable, and competitive corporate culture require more efforts than simply going through exercises. Here are a few tips that will help managers strengthen teamwork at workplace.
Becoming “obviously visible”
Wearing t-shirts (preferably in colors other than white), buttons, hats, making posters, banners, flags, and car bumper stickers all send signal to the rest of the organization that there is something important taking place at work. In an effective example, during the month of February, organizations implement the color pink in an effort to join the cause for fighting against breast cancer. The visible identity built on a well communicated mission statement alerts everyone that it is time to get involved. If the mission, the cause, and the idea of the message speak to the employees, they will effectively unite workers regardless of who is leading.
Secret to motivating teams every time a team building game is played
When motivating adults to participate in activities and games, unless explained in advance how the practice would help them, not all adults become interested in playing team building games or activities at workplace. Spend time brainstorming with leaders for creative activities that would teach employees a new insight or refreshing perspective how the corporate mission, values, idea or a cause promoted is going to make an impact on the lives of employees. Well thought-out activities designed to add values will allow employees to realize managers are genuinely interested in making better work environment. If a game is played only for the sake of “filling” a team meeting time, it adds no benefit and better to conduct the meeting without the game.
No matter how practical a game or activity may be, unless the team values such activity supports the purpose, it does not leave lasting effect. The best activity is something employees want to take action after spending time practicing – something they will take home and make them want to implement.
- Become visible by wearing t-shirts, hats, posting banners
- Spend time coming up with creative activities so that the employees know managers are serious about the purpose of team building and teamwork unity.