“Teamwork and team building is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Andrew Carnegie
The Importance of Sharing Experiences
Sharing a unique experience creates a strong bond between the participants. According to the Harvard Business School publication, a connected team is a motivated team. Further supporting research from the American Psychological Association (APA) concluded that team building activities can help employees feel valued, and those that do are the most motivated to do great work.
Laughter is the best medicine
A team building activity that will have everyone bent over sideways, laughing at themselves.
If feeling stressed or overwhelmed finding colleagues to laugh with can help your brain trigger its own laughter response and foster closeness, both of which contribute to your sense of well-being. Everyone like the feeling of shared laughter and your body wants as much of this feeling as possible.
Social Bonding, Team Building, and Exercise
According to research carried out by the University of Exeter, there is a reciprocal relationship between Social Bonding and Exercise.
“A number of experimental studies have shown that, relative to non-synchronous group activities, synchronous movement increases social bonding and prosocial behavior [15,16,17,18]–an evolutionarily important outcome of bonded relationships . “
A physical activity that gets the heart rate pumping will release endorphins such as serotonin into the bloodstream. Doing this as a group is a proven way to bring people closer together and increase team bonding.
Water Cooler Talk Ammunition
Bumping into a collage at the water cooler is often awkward punctuated only with the run of the mill politeness and small talk, there is no common ground other than work. Awarding your team with fodder for breaking the ice will foster an environment of togetherness. Reliving a fun memory with a work mate is proven to create positive associations and thus a happier and more productive team.