Could your work environment itself be acting as a barrier to team building? Two things about most workplaces are that they’re busy, and that people have specific roles in them.
The day to day running of a business or organisation is typically demanding on resources, which leaves little time for people development, even if doing this might ultimately improve productivity.
Similarly, roles can become very rigid, which then create an overall lack of flexibility in the workplace.
Remove people from the workplace, temporarily, and use a dedicated retreat for teambuilding
There are organisations that are overly-hierarchical, and businesses where people end up adopting a silo approach to working. Neither is good for long-term prospects and fostering adaptability.
The Benefits of a Team Retreat
The team retreat takes people out of the normal workplace environment. It allows them to discover more about others, and themselves. It enables openness and encourages communication.
It provides time away from the pressures of a work schedule to reflect, to refresh and to reenergise.
Making the best use of a retreat for team building means striking a balance between structure and freedom.
On the one hand, it’s important to be clear about team building objectives, and what everyone wants to get out of the time they spend at the retreat. On the other, over-engineering the process, or sticking to a too-rigid agenda is likely to negate the retreat’s positive aspects.
Give people room to reflect, but facilitate discussions and exercises to put this reflectiveness in context
Ensure that everyone has a voice. Retreats typically reveal things about people that are otherwise hidden in the workplace. They can uncover hidden talent and potential.
Retreats can galvanise people to work towards a common goal by removing the silo-working barriers they have constructed at work. They can alter how people approach problem-solving by first re-thinking their relationships to one another.
The time away should build trust between people, and help them bond in a tight-knit environment.
While strengthening things internally, teambuilding also benefits external business relationships, with altered attitudes filtering through into dealing with customers and suppliers
Ditch any preconceived ideas about team retreats and commit to helping people discover more about themselves, about their colleagues, and how to work better together to fulfil your business objectives.
Contact Ayuda today to discover how our In Residence service can provide the ideal retreat for you or your team.