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Businesses and team building: A good thing

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With the New Year having just begun, businesses are concerned about many things — tax increases, the federal debt ceiling, health care, end-of-the-year paperwork and employee reviews to name a few.

What about your employees? What concerns are they facing? Some items on their minds could include such things as whether they’ll have a job next year, whether the person next to them will have a job next year, whether they’ll get a raise, whether their efforts go unnoticed and are they doing their part to contribute to the team.

With that in mind, many businesses have started implementing team-building days and/or activities. They feel it’s worth the cost, effort and time for reasons that include the following:

1. Build Morale

“People want to feel valued,” said Paul Spiegelman, founder and CEO of Beryl, a call-center company based in Texas. Recognizing events such as birthdays, weddings, babies, etc., will show people how important they are to the company. Sometimes it’s a simple note or a thank you to let people know their efforts don’t go unnoticed. Having fun is one of the best ways to build morale within your business.

2. Improve communication by working toward a common goal

“As our lives become more hectic, we need to become more efficient in our activities. Too many professionals are wasting countless hours re-communicating and redoing tasks that were poorly communicated. Most of us practice communicating clearly and concisely with our superiors and employees. However, few of us are in the habit of showing the same consideration to our co-workers,” Julie Peters, wrote in an article for Mode Weekly.

In team building, employees have a tendency to be more concerned with the result rather than individual recognition. Save time and frustration by having open doors for communication with all people in your organization.

3. Build trust among employees

Team building requires employees to count on each other to complete a task. They may work indepently in the office. Participating in fun activities that get them out of their comfort zone and require interaction with the rest of the office builds trust among the team.

They will need to rely on each other to successfully complete the task.

4. Develop leadership skills

Some employees are natural leaders. They may not express this during the normal work hours or may feel it would be overstepping their bounds to offer suggestions. By getting employees out of the work place and letting them work as a team you can see who those natural leaders are.

You may see skills and traits you never noticed, or it could reinforce what you already know. Discovering these hidden talents could be key in the success of your business.

5. Reinforce company values and quality in the workplace

“Managers expect high-quality work from their staff,” said Ehow’s Kathy Adams McIntosh. “Some employees embrace their duties and show pride in their work product. Others lack quality as a priority. Organizing team-building activities that focus on the importance of quality will reinforce this value for all employees in the workplace.”

You will create a corporate culture that will drive your business results in the direction you want.

By giving your employees a day of fun, allowing them to smile and be themselves, you will drive your business to exceed its goals. For information on a local team building event benefiting the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society contact Marcie Moxley at 912-596-7155 or go to www.ldssga.org.

Marcie Moxley is a business development manager at CRDN-Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network. She lives in Effingham county with her husband and daughter.

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