Most people agree working in a team is more effective than working solo—after all, how often do you hear “Two heads are better than one”?
In fact, research has shown that teamwork has a “significant positive effect” on employee performance, leading to “higher productivity, better organizational performance, competitive advantage, and increased product quality and quantity.”
If you’re eager to see these results within your own company, check out four ways to boost your staff’s teamwork abilities.
1. Host a Contest
Nothing gets a group of people working together more cohesively than a friendly competition. Depending on how big your organization is, you can divide your employees into teams or challenge them to a group goal.
If you want to throw a fun event, have a department Top Chef-style competition or a costume contest. If you want to rally your employees around something meaningful, do a fundraising competition for a cause of their choice. You can even set organizational goals, like “Achieve a 90% satisfaction rate for the month,” or “Make 400 sales by October.”
2. Go on a Company Trip
When you take everyone out of the office, there’s guaranteed to be laughter, fun memories, and of course, bonding—all of which will help your team work together when they’re back in the office!
For a low-budget version of this idea, take the team to a sporting event, karaoke bar, paintball park, musical performance, or anything in the area that sounds fun.
However, for those with more financial freedom, company retreats to the mountains, the beach, or even an exotic locale can be great for morale.
3. Start a Sports Team
Getting your team members to enjoy a friendly game of kickball, softball, soccer, or Ultimate Frisbee will definitely promote their teamwork skills. You can have an inter-office league (probably best for mid-size to large companies), or compete with other companies with their own teams.
Tip: For maximum team-building, have team pasta dinners the night before your games.
4. Encourage Real-Time Chat (RFC)
Giving your employees a platform they can use to communicate in real-time boosts their teamwork abilities in both direct and indirect ways. Not only does it encourage collaboration, as they no longer have to be in the same room to work on group projects or give each other feedback, but it also gives them a chance to make office jokes, develop a more relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, and as a net result, become friends.
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