Culture- Team-building exercises give your company a unique opportunity to create a better company culture. In a climate in which all pieces of the puzzle are integral to the success of the business, it is important that all team members buy into whatever culture you are trying to create. The first step in this process is to create a mutual understanding- something which is easily done through the open communication created by team building exercises.

Vested Success– Too often in today’s business world, corporate culture is created from the top and pushed onto the everyday worker. By imposing these institutional guidelines without any communication or employee input, many companies find themselves with employees that don’t feel valued as a part of the team. Team building exercises allow a team to organically talk and discuss what their values are and how those can be incorporated into the larger company hierarchy.

Barrier Identification– Team building exercises allow business teams to take a step back out of the rat race of supporting the company’s bottom line. The environment of openness enables employees to communicate openly about current processes and procedures, creating a candid evaluation that allows the team to come together to solve the current problem.

Define Team Roles– Each person on a team has a role- something specialized to their own unique talents and abilities. Team building allows team members to take a step back in order to develop and focus on their niche and how it fits into the greater a team picture. By creating an environment in which employees are encouraged to pursue their interest and work in roles they are stronger in, team members will be able to better contribute as individuals without hindering team performance.

Organizational Productivity– With the brick and mortar office becoming a relic of the past, teams often find themselves with team members spread around different offices around the country and even the world. The barriers created by this lack of in-person interaction can leave employees feeling like they are on islands. In fact, only 40% of the workforce knew their company’s strategies and tactics. Team building exercises allow employees to develop a deeper understanding of how each team member’s role fits into the bigger team structure, which in turn allows them to produce work more efficiently.

Results- Despite what may look like a trivial exercise, setting aside time for team-building has been proven to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Through the process of team-building, companies can create more engaged workers, mitigate conflict and increase collaboration. One study even showed that revenues with engaged employees have revenues 2.5 times higher than their unengaged counterparts.

Typically, people only retain 10% of what they read, while their retention jumps to 50% when actively engaged in the learning process due to the collaborative discussions and demonstrations. That number jumps to 70% when the participant has the opportunity to continue to practice what they learn and gets as high as 90% if they are given a chance to experience, reflect, internalize and share what they have learned. Providing an opportunity for an individual to experience growth in a supportive environment, using skillfully planned activities, is one of the most attractive features of team building challenges and activities.