Sometimes in today’s world of revolving door offices and constant moving there can be a problem with your team bonding within a company. Whatever the reason might be, whether the new person is replacing a very well-liked person who was terminated or just comes in at a stressful time can hinder the team atmosphere. Trying to force a team at work can be dangerous as their stress and negative feelings might turn towards the company. This will outline some tips to organically build a team without really having to force it upon your employees.
Company Sponsored Happy Hours
When people generally see each other only at work they tend to view a person as a drone rather than a human being who can be fun. Jobs with stressful environments also can have people at each other’s throats. A company sponsored happy hour once a month is a great way to improve morale as well as getting your employees to bond. This will be something that will have the employees viewing the company in a positive light as it is something that they did not expect. A few appetizers and alcoholic beverages on the company is a great investment in your people and they will respond appropriately. All of this being said, there are ground rules and etiquette for these events that are common sense but should be outlined by HR in a quick email to avoid any liability. Your company might have a lawyer make sure this happy hour doesn’t interfere with any form of liability as well.
Card Games During Breaks
This is something that I have personal experience with doing with people that I had managed. Getting the competitive juices flowing with a card game is a great way to revitalize your team in the middle of the day. Whether you are playing a generic card game or even a child’s card game everyone can laugh and joke together. Having everyone bring in their favorite card game or board game can be a blast regardless of what it is. A coworker brought in the Qetchup card game that she plays with her kids and it transformed a usually quiet coworker into the ruler of the break room that day! Playing games might seem counterintuitive at work but it is a great way to bond and get over a slump in the middle of the day. These games can be done in anyway whether they are card games or just games to get office chores done like cleaning the oven which some businesses like this one specialize in.
Team Building Exercises
This could be a company retreat somewhere or a myriad of other things. There have been companies that have turned around because of the bonding that took place on company retreats. It gives the workers a time to see each other in their natural element whether it is with their family or just in their regular casual attire. This sometimes can be a tough sell if the retreat takes place on a weekend after a long week at work. A day off during the week for increased productivity over the course of time is worth that one day off. This is a great strategy and makes employees happy and healthy. Real estate businesses like jterealestate.com might give a weekend day off as agents many times work weekends and most of the week.
As you can see there are many ways to get your team at work to bond. This by no means is an all-inclusive list but rather a place to get started. A bonded group of workers is a great thing especially in a startup environment where long hours tend to become the norm. If your first attempt at getting your employees to bond fails, do not give up as not all personalities respond to the same situations.