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STUDY SHOWS CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING INCREASES COMPANY EFFICIENCY

January 16th, 2018

Every business owner and manager knows that employees who work well together are happier in the workplace, and generally they assume that happy employees are more productive than unhappy employees. Businesses hold corporate team building events specifically to foster team building and camaraderie with the hope and expectation that the event will lead to increased productivity in the workplace. Some companies might think that putting a good team together is an art instead of a science. However, a 2012 study has scientific evidence that team building in the workplace does have a direct correlation to increased productivity, suggesting that fostering team unity is more science than art.

The Harvard Business Review study shows corporate team building increases company efficiency. The researchers looked at a variety of industries: “Ultimately, our research included innovation teams, post-op wards in hospitals, customer-facing teams in banks, backroom operations teams, and call center teams, among others.” Even though they looked at a diverse range of industries and workplaces, the conclusions were static. Teams that engage with each other socially are better at communicating with each other, which in turn leads to increased productivity throughout their workday.

When the researchers examined the data they had collected from their test subjects, they “found that the best predictors of productivity were a team’s energy and engagement outside formal meetings.” This is a key concept. Simply offering a place for your employees to get together outside of the workplace isn’t enough to optimize their efficiency and productivity. Their levels of energy and engagement in non-workplace settings are the best predictors for how productive team members will be once they’re back in the workplace.

The researchers also concluded that the best way to foster a successful team is through face-to-face engagement as opposed to teleconferencing or email. Employees have more energy when they meet face-to-face than when they are on the phone or responding to an email. A face-to-face meeting that engages the employees is the most beneficial mode of communication and leads to increased productivity over a meeting that is more of a lecture or presentation than a discussion. A corporate event that fully engages employees is a great way to energize employees and foster communication among team members, which will lead to increased productivity overall.

The buzz around corporate team building, then, is legitimate. According to the study, employees have a higher rate of productivity and efficiency when they engage with each other in a social setting. It is important, then, to plan a corporate team building event that is more than just a day out of the office. A successful corporate event will energize employees and allow them to engage with each other and with the activities provided at the event.

For information on how we can work with your business to create a corporate event that energizes and engages your employees so that they can become better communicators and more efficient employees, please feel free to contact us at any time.