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Team Building

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on Monday, 10 March 2014 in Skills Centre Blog

With good team-building skills, you can unite employees around a common goal and generate greater productivity. Without them, you limit yourself and the staff to the effort each individual can make alone.

Team building is an ongoing process that helps a work group evolve into a cohesive unit. The team members not only share expectations for accomplishing group tasks, but trust and support one another and respect one another's individual differences. Your role as a team builder is to lead your team toward cohesiveness and productivity. A team takes on a life of its own and you have to regularly nurture and maintain it, just as you do for individual employees. Your Development & Training Organization Development Consultant can advise and help you.


Team building can lead to:

  • Good communications with participants as team members and individuals
  • Increased department productivity and creativity
  • Team members motivated to achieve goals
  • A climate of cooperation and collaborative problem-solving
  • Higher levels of job satisfaction and commitment
  • Higher levels of trust and support
  • Diverse co-workers working well together
  • Clear work objectives
  • Better operating policies and procedures

Symptoms that Signal a Need for Team Building

  • Decreased productivity
  • Conflicts or hostility among staff members
  • Confusion about assignments, missed signals, and unclear relationships
  • Decisions misunderstood or not carried through properly
  • Apathy and lack of involvement
  • Lack of initiation, imagination, innovation; routine actions taken for solving complex problems
  • Complaints of discrimination or favoritism
  • Ineffective staff meetings, low participation, minimally effective decisions
  • Negative reactions to the manager
  • Complaints about quality of service
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