Strong teams build successful companies. For small businesses, you need an enthusiastic team to help your young business grow.
That’s why every small business needs to prioritise team building.
Here are three ways team-building can improve your company culture and increase employee engagement.
1. Builds manager-employee relations
In many small businesses, there’s an invisible ‘us’ and ‘them’ divide between managers and employees. On team-building day, however, the wall comes down when managers run in a charity race or volunteer at the soup kitchen along with everyone else. It helps managers and employees get to know each other better and build rapport.
2. Reduces conflict
Work stress can lead to friction between co-workers. When staff are taken out of the office and placed in a fun, creative or social setting, they start to relax and interact differently. The same co-workers who were at loggerheads are now talking and laughing. This can positively affect their future working relationship.
3. Brings fun to the workplace
All work and no play creates an unhealthy work environment. Expecting staff to spend all year head down in front of their computers only leads to tired and cranky employees. You’ll be amazed at how injecting some fun into your small business can boost employee morale and happiness. A fun team-building event may be all it takes to lift the mood and energy of your team.
Why you should take team-building seriously
In a Glassdoor survey on company culture, more than half the respondents considered company culture to be more important than salary.
This is particularly relevant to millennials who are predicted to make up 75% of the Australian workforce by 2025.
Team-building helps to create a culture that makes employees feel valued, happy and more engaged. This, in turn, results in higher productivity levels and lower staff turnover.