In today’s business-ran world, having a company with employees who work well together and also enjoy each other’s presence is a great thing to have. It is well known that happiness amongst employees in the work place equals a more productive company. A person would not want to work hard for the company he/she is employed at if they dred going to work every day and dealing with employees they either do not like or they don’t work well with. Many business’ have figured out this strategy and have made changes to encorporate employees to get to know each other better and eventually work better with each other.
In the article Improve Your Team Culture with Team Building Activities, Colette Peterson describes many team building exercises that truly would help any cultural diverse company. She opens up the article stating that “team building activities help build a purposeful team culture within your organization”. Colette explains in three different strategies how to improve team culture in the work-place: build camaraderie with interactive sessions, learn to think creatively, and feel good by giving back. Peterson’s first strategy to having cultural success is building camaraderie with interactive sessions.
In other words in your next meeting, conduct social building exercises between your employees that are fun and productive. I personally agree with this strategy and think it would help a huge amount of companies. In my experience with the work place, its very hard to come across employees that are socially and culturally alike, but instead their work ethic is quite the same. If the companies I had worked for at the time conducted a few of these meetings either during work hours or recreational time, they would encounter more success within their employees.
The next strategy Colette gives the reader is to learn to think creatively. This meaning rather than looking for what’s not working, ask what’s possible. I agree with Peterson’s strategy here. Just because a company has been operating a certain way for fifty years, does not mean that there isn’t an easier or more efficient way to go about business. Give a problem to your employees that they have encountered before. Then tell them to instead this time, think outside the box together and try new ways of solving the issue. Colette’s third and final strategy for building your companies team culture is feel good by giving back.
She is basically saying to try and convince your employees that being giving and not selfish is a great way to go about certain things. She explains of an activity that she conducts in New York called “Build-A-Bike” where a company could build a bike, with its employees, as a team activity to grow their team culture. She says that the bike that the company finishes, is sent off to children in the community around them. I also agree with this strategy because not only does being giving and not selfish is the right thing to do, it also makes you feel like a better person.
Thus being the case, employees will give more which will promote more happiness in the workplace. Overall I think Colette Peterson is really onto something with this article. It’s not every day you walk into a company store and find that the employees are all chipper and happier than ever to come to work. In these hectic times there aren’t many things people look forward to about work. I honestly think by improving the social strength between employees will result in success of the company.