How to motivate your
employees through team building activities
Motivating employees is no simple task once the rot’s set in. Unlike high school, where a lack of motivation could be dealt with a good wallop—literally or metaphorically—you can't simply bawl out your staff and wait expectantly for morale and productivity to skyrocket.
If you feel like the mood in the office is getting away from you and having an adverse effect on the quality of work, consider some team-building activities for positive reinforcement. Companies offer courses and activities designed to bring working teams together outside of the usual office environment.
By employing a variety of fun, challenging, and
rewarding exercises, such companies focus on building up employees
self esteem and confidence, revealing hidden talents and encouraging a team
spirit. Activities run the gamut from ‘Survivor’ type challenges to more sedate
activities like painting. Each activity is designed to work on a number of
different areas relevant to workplace relations like communication between
staff, decision making, problem solving, and leadership.
Corporate team building can benefit every workplace, not just those facing productivity and motivational challenges. Let’s take a look at just one of the activities and games you might consider for your company.
‘Paparazzi’ is an activity which involves you and your team becoming Paparazzi for the day. Participants are asked to photograph ‘celebrities’, locations, and other team members, based on a series of cryptic clues and tasks. The tasks are all rewarded with a certain number of points (money), and must then decide which photos and tasks to complete in order to be the team with the most lucre by the end of the day! This activity is not only fun and engaging, it promotes creativity, team building, strategizing, and communication—all the essential ingredients for a happy team. Best of all, it can show your team that not all competition has to lead to disharmony – staff can celebrate each other’s achievements.
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