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What is team building?

Team building is a collective term used to express the different types of activities that are used to strengthen social relationships within a team or group. Usually, these are tasks involving employees working together or trusting each other in order to achieve a goal.

What is team building?

Team building is a collective term used to express the different types of activities that are used to strengthen social relationships within a team or group. Usually, these are tasks involving employees working together or trusting each other in order to achieve a goal.

These activities are not the same as team training. Team training is used to improve the efficiency of a team’s work.

The definition of team building

The definition of team building consists of a few important elements. First, team building is all about building effective work relationships. Teams with few interpersonal conflicts generally perform better than groups in which conflicts occur regularly. The uniting and coordinating of goals and the division of roles are also parts of these activities , as well as solving team problems. Team building is one of the most popular activities for group development within organisations.

A lot of research has been done into team building and working in groups in general. The foundation for these activities has been laid with Tuckman’s theories of group dynamics and the phases of group development. Other theories linked to team building and group dynamics are Benne and Sheats’ group roles, Bonchek and Steele’s thinking styles, Belbin’s team roles and the four dimensions of relational work.

Benefits of team building

The benefit of effectively working in a team has been confirmed time and again by experience and research. This can be pursued by, among other things, these activities. Below you will find an overview of the benefits.

  • Better communication
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved morale
  • Increased motivation
  • Leadership qualities are better reflected
  • Creativity is stimulated
  • Improved mental health
  • Respect in the workplace
  • Trust in the workplace

Particularly the positive effects on group performance are interesting for managers. A 2011 study by M. L. Shuffler shows that team building has a positive influence on team effectiveness. Goal setting and clarification of role distribution were found to influence cognitive, affective, performance and process outcomes.

The powerful impact on affective and process outcomes makes team building a valuable tool to help teams that are experiencing problems such as lack of trust and cohesion.

Team building activities and exercises

There are various activities and exercises. A number of examples can be found below.

  • Code of conduct
  • Campfire stories
  • Fox hunt
  • Trivia
  • Truth-lie game
  • Blind drawing
  • Company outings

Team building tips & tricks

What are the best known and most effective methods for team building? How do these activities affect relationships in the workplace? How are these relationships formed in the first place? What does group dynamic have to do with productivity? The articles linked to team building are about group dynamics and different ways to optimise team work.

Social Interaction Theory

October 27th, 2020

This article explains the social interaction theory, developed by Robert Freed Bales in a practical way. After reading this article, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful communication and human behavior tool. What is Social Interaction Theory? The social…

Impression Management (Goffman)

June 3rd, 2020

This article provides a practical explanation of Impression Management. After reading, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful communication skills tool. What is Impression Management (IM)? The definition Impression Management (IM), also called self-presentation, is the conscious or…

Cog’s ladder

October 28th, 2019

In this article, Cog’s ladder is explained in a practical way. After reading it, you will know the basics of this powerful management tool. What is Cog’s ladder model? Cog’s ladder model is a group development tool that can be…

Social Exchange Theory

May 27th, 2019

This article provides a practical explanation of the Social Exchange Theory. After reading, you will have a basic understanding of this powerful management tool. What is the Social Exchange Theory? The Social Exchange Theory (SET) is a theory that…

Benne and Sheats Group Roles

March 22nd, 2019

Benne and Sheats group roles theory distinguish three categories and 26 roles, which can be taken on by one or multiple people within a group. This article describes the Benne and Sheats group roles in a practical way. After reading…

Bonchek and Steele Thinking Styles

February 22nd, 2019

This article describes the Bonchek and Steele Thinking Styles, developed by Mark Bonchek and Elisa Steele in a practical way. After reading you will understand the definition and basics of this powerful management tool. What are Bonchek and Steele…

Group Dynamics

June 24th, 2018

In this article Group Dynamics is explained in a practical way. After reading this article you will understand the basics of team building and group dynamics. What are Group Dynamics? The social process by which people interact and behave in…

Kolb Reflective Cycle

September 16th, 2014

This article explains the David Kolb Reflective Cycle, further developed by David Kolb, in a practical way. After reading you will understand the basics of this powerful management tool. What is the David Kolb Reflective Cycle? The American…

Tuckman stages of group development

August 8th, 2014

This article explains the Tuckman stages of group development, developed by Bruce Tuckman in a practical way. After reading you will understand the basics of this great and powerful group development tool. Introduction Tuckman stages group of development provide…
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