Team building has been around for most of a century now, credited to originate as early as the 1920s. To this day, the concept has been widely adopted and implemented across the globe. In this list of team building questions, we share some of the knowledge we’ve collected over the past 20 years undertaking team building in Spain. We constantly challenge ourselves to deliver unique team building activities and, upon request from our clients, we’ve also learnt to perfect generic team building methods. Hopefully our knowledge will help guide you in your own endeavours. If you have any questions that aren’t listed below, feel free to write them in a comment further down and we’ll reply in the shortest delays.
Team Building Questions:
- “Team building” or “Teambuilding”: which is correct?
- What is the use of team building activities?
- What types of team building activities exist?
- Are team building activities effective?
- For what reasons does team building fail?
- What’s the difference between team building and team incentive?
“Team building” is the correct spelling, and the one recognised by most official sources and dictionaries. While the combined term “teambuilding” is grammatically incorrect, it is however widely used by both clients and agencies who publish it on their websites in the hope of reaching anyone searching for the misspelled version. We’ve also come across the less frequently used “team-building”, but the most common spellings are “team building” and “teambuilding”.
Team building activities are most commonly implemented to:
- Improve communication and interpersonal skills within a group
- Provide an environment for healthy competition between members of a group
- Boost productivity within a team
- Promote innovation and creativity
- Test a team in unforeseen situations
- “Give something back” to one’s employees
There are many reasons for which a company may undertake team building. It is up to the organiser to choose the right method in order to achieve the company’s desired results.
There are hundreds of different methods for team building to help you reach your business goals – most of which we’ve implemented. We like to break down our team building activities into the following categories:
- Cultural or Historical team building: cultural tours with historical characters, role-play, etc.
- Film-making team building: film sets, theatrical performances, carnaval re-enactments, etc.
- Culinary team building or “Team Cooking”: paella workshops, tapas cooking,
gastronomic events, wine-tasting, etc.
- Technology-based team building: iPad treasure quests, multi-player virtual reality gaming, etc.
- Outdoor team building: survival events, orientation exercises, etc.
- Solidarity and CSR team building: building huts and birds’ nests, reforestation, etc.
- Musical team-building: percussions, flamenco dancing and singing, etc.
Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve come to the million-dollar team building question. The short answer is YES, team building activities can be highly effective for a business. We invite you to read Wikipedia’s short entry on the positive effects of team building. However, a few factors need to be in place to see positive results after a team building activity.
The fact is team building is not a one-model-fits-all strategy. Team building relies entirely on the participating group and the identified flaws of that group. Its success can only be measured on a case by case manner. What will work for one group won’t necessarily work for another. We’ve already seen what is the use of team building activities? above, now let’s see what factors need to be in place to carry out a successful team building strategy:
- Identify the weaknesses you wish to solve in your group
- Establish a new set of goals and KPIs to achieve after the team building
- Only involve willing participants willing to improve
- Choose the right method to improve the weaknesses of your group
- Successfully implement the team building activity
- Measure performance after your event and match it to your latest KPIs
Sometimes, one team building event won’t be enough to achieve all the desired improvements for your team. You may need to regard team building as an ongoing process to regularly attend weaknesses in your evolving team.
Team building can fail if any of the factors listed above aren’t respected. Make sure you clearly identify the problems and weaknesses you wish to solve before undertaking your activity. Make sure your participants enter the activity with a positive attitude and a will to improve. Remember to set out a new list of KPIs to achieve after your event. Choose the right activity to address your group’s weaknesses, then follow their progress post-activity to measure its impact. If any of these points aren’t respected, chances are you either won’t achieve the desired result or you won’t be in a position to realise the progress made.
The fundamental difference is that team building is focused on improving an identified weakness or problem, whereas incentives are offered to reward individuals or teams. Team building activities are organised to improve a number of potential issues in a team including weak communication, lack of creativity or leadership, etc. Incentives are generally given out to the highest achieving members of a team (most proficient sales people, most dedicated workers, etc.) or to teams who have excelled in a particular domain in a given period of time. Incentives may come in the form of paid travels abroad. An incentive trip often includes team building activities in order to make the overall experience more productive for the intended group.
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That concludes our list of team building questions. We aim to update this list regularly, so if you have a question you would like answered feel free to write it in a comment below. At Es.cultura Events we believe in selecting the best environments and implementing the best methods tailored for your business for your team building activities. The aim is always to delight and nurture improvement within your team. Contact us to plan your team building or incentive event in Spain or if you wish to have more information on the events that we organise.