Choose the right team building activities to bring employees together
May 27, 2013
Construction firms need to ensure they have a strong team to gain a competitive edge on other companies in their industry. Sticking out from the crowd is often difficult. Some firms use innovations in technology to meet the needs of their client base. Another way to improve the company's reputation is to put employees through team building experiences that allow them to improve relationships with one another.
A company retreat can improve communication
According to a recent article for Entrepreneur magazine, team building efforts can start with retreats that give the entire workforce an opportunity to get away from the work environment and learn more about each other. This is especially important for construction businesses that are tightly-knit and have to work closely with one another on a daily basis to complete projects, while also put in bids for new business.
"The right retreat has a strategic purpose that helps relationships get stronger and helps people use their brains in a new way," Merianne Liteman, co-author of Retreats That Work: Everything You Need to Know About Planning and Leading Great Offsites, told Entrepreneur magazine. "It is a mistake to assume you can go away for a couple of days and build trust."
Business owners must find the right activities
While it's incredibly important to promote team building at a construction business, there are some practices that could end up backfiring. Forbes stated decision-makers at construction firms need to be sure they pick the right activities for relationship-building. Here are some commonly used tactics that could have a negative affect on employees:
- Two truths and a lie: It certainly may be interesting to try to distinguish which off three statements isn't truthful, but it won't really help members with a company learn more about each other.
- Trust falls: On retreats, construction business decision-makers never want any of their employees to get hurt. Staying away from trust falls may help the workforce learn their boss has their best interests at heart.
- Being blindfolded: Many employees don't like feeling at risk when they are retreating with other members of the team. Replace the blindfold with a another activity that is less likely to lead to injury.