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The benefits of teambuilding activities

by Adam Rouse | 29 August 2014

On September 4th, Sellick Partnership will be heading to a mystery location to take part in two days of teambuilding activities. Every year, all staff at Sellick Partnership step away from their busy desks and spend a couple of days taking on a number of tasks - in the past activities have included climbing Snowdon, water bouldering in Belfast, and orienteering.

So what is team building, and what are the advantages of companies doing this?

The term 'teambuilding' has become a buzzword in recent years and has many connotations. In terms of corporate development, teambuilding exercises are important not just for the immediate experience of the activities performed by the team but also for the development of group skills, communication and bonding.

Whatever the activity, be it an obstacle course or a 'Chocolate Challenge', is merely the means to the end: a high-impact learning experience.

Teambuilding programmes provide realistic experiences that empower individuals to contribute to common goals. The success of most organisations depends on the ability of individuals to build effective teams.

The main goals of teambuilding are to improve productivity and motivation - taking employees out of the office helps groups break down political and personal barriers, eliminate distractions, and encourage fun.

The benefits of teambuilding programs are so significant that many corporations have adopted teambuilding strategies into their standard training curriculum.

Some of the benefits from this include:

  • Improved morale and leadership skills
  • Finding the barriers that thwart creativity and breaking them down
  • Clearly defining objectives and goals
  • Improving processes and procedures
  • Improving  organisational productivity
  • Identifying a team's strengths and weaknesses
  • Improving the ability to problem solve.

So in conclusion, not only is teambuilding a great way of getting out of the office, it also helps team members discover that diversity is their greatest asset, and trust, cooperation and effective communication are the key to a team's success.

Structured activities not only encourage individual development, but bring all members together for a common cause.

If you're interested in our annual teambuilding and would like some additional information on how to join us at Sellick Partnership, visit our careers microsite here.