One day while I was attending a leadership conference and was happily seated beside a MD for the largest steel maker. While talking and exchanging a little about our background and current issues, both of us felt a bonding that we were judgmental to discuss on issues and about our business.
However, something disturbed me during our conversation. I could not let go his critics about what I love to do, which is running a team building business. But now, team building is used as one of his intervention tools to empowerment, overcome workplace issues and drive business results!
In this article, we will see how team building could be beneficial for an organization, and the message addressed here would be useful for individuals have less, wrong or misleading information about this type of Experiential Learning approach.
Experiential learning program like team building has been used as most effective way by many organizations to pursue “behavior modification” and deliver the right end results at workplace. A proper design and delivery of such program has great impact on individual behavior, compare to other approaches”.
However, HR generalist and non HR practitioners always have conflicting view about this. Up to 60% of managers have narrow understanding about possible outcomes that they could attain from such program. As such, they only see such program as a retreat or “run away” from work stress agenda.
The power of Experiential Learning through properly designed program is beyond team bonding and motivation!
For HR person or management team, it is always a great struggle for them to create sense of belonging among their people due to lack of inter-organization bonding and cross culture issues. However, such issue is a common issue in team building and it can be easily solved.
Let us try to look at different types of team building available for organization:
1. Retreat Program – Focus on entertainment value
Rating 1 to 10: Fun:10 – Learning: 0 – Behavior Modification: 0 – Workplace Results: 1
2. Team Bonding Program – Focus on workplace relationship
Rating 1 to 10: Fun:8 – Learning: 5 – Behavior Modification: 8 – Workplace Results: 1
3. Motivational Program – Focus on Self Realization and Inspiring Individuals
Rating 1 to 10: Fun:8 – Learning: 5 – Behavior Modification: 8 – Workplace Results: 5
4. Solutions Driven Program – Focus to tackle and overcome Critical Workplace issues
Rating 1 to 10: Fun:8 – Learning:8 – Behavior Modification: 10 – Workplace Results: 6 – 8
5. Performance Driven Program
Focus on productivity and ROI, with Take Back Challenge
Rating 1 to 10: Fun:8 – Learning: 8 – Behavior Modification: 10 – Workplace Results: 8-10
*Rating is given based on proper design and delivery of program(s). Also based on analysis of our accomplished team building projects.
The most suitable type that suits an organization will depends on current people issue, most common bottleneck takes place at work place and performance gap faced by management.
The secrets behind a successful program need to address these 7 matters:
(1) the design of program,
(2) methodological and structured approach,
(3) the trainer,
(4) take back challenges after team building,
(5) measurement on behavior change: pre-test and post-test on relevant component of behavior,
(6) rewards for achievers and
(7) overall ROI from money spent.
In most situations for Results Driven projects that incorporate take back project, it should come with 30 to 90 Days post team building challenge, such as:
Retail Sales Challenge
Productivity Challenge through Motivation
Department Improvement Challenge
Project Team Challenge
Other Customized projects
A take back challenge is not an additional workload! The empowerment received during team building would inspire and challenge participants to show improvement at workplace. With the details described in this article, hope that your next program would generate your expected outcomes.