The main purpose of team building is often to work on strengthening a team dynamic. It also helps in reinforcing the commitment to the goals and objectives of the team. When applied properly, team building activities can help in developing strong relationships which has benefits in a professional, personal and emotional capacity for the organization and the individual members of the team.
Team building helps create a favourable and enjoyable corporate culture and working environment. It isn’t enough for you to create feelings of interdependence among members of a team where everyone feels like they are all part of the same organization. This will make people get along with each other since they won’t really have another option. Whenever they are taking part in competitive activities, the efforts are just about winning and in more cases than not, they will take what they learn back to their workplace.
Activities that are poorly planned could actually end up back firing, not working or confusing strong competitiveness with excessive aggression. This shouldn’t be the objective of team building. Cohesive teams that need to work together don’t need any aggression to reach their goals. Some activities can end up being demeaning to people who are usually made to compete at levels which are meaningless at work.
The purpose of engaging in these activities is to unite groups of individuals who need one another to achieve individual goals and the common goals of the group. This could even be done by creating or increasing understanding of a common commitment to the goals of the team.
When the main purpose of activities is thought out properly and then executed, the result can be a huge improvement in the functioning of the team. It can also go a long way in ensuring the effectiveness of team members increases turning them into team players.