As we look to the year ahead, we want to start dripping ideas on managers so they come out of the shoot ready to build high-performance teams. The idea of team building may sound like fluff to some, but it’s absolutely necessary if you want a cohesive team that produces. In the fast-paced world of modern work, the importance of team building really cannot be overstated. Building strong bonds within a team is not only crucial for achieving common goals but also for promoting a healthy and inclusive work environment. Incorporating team-building activities into weekly meetings is an effective way for managers to nurture team cohesion and individual well-being. The time invested is well spent because when you allow team members to be their authentic selves, these activities can significantly boost team morale, engagement, and productivity. So, let’s explore five types of team-building activities that managers can integrate into their weekly meetings, along with the underlying research supporting this approach.

The Benefits of Authenticity and Fun at Work

Promoting authenticity in the workplace is about encouraging employees to be themselves, share their unique perspectives, and express their thoughts and feelings openly. Employees who feel they can be authentic at work are more engaged and experience greater job satisfaction. The following are some suggestions and the research that backs them.

  1. Sharing Stories: 

Begin your weekly meeting by allowing team members to share personal stories or experiences unrelated to work. This can be a lighthearted way to break the ice and encourage team members to open up and connect on a personal level. To prove this idea, look no further than a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review that found that employees who share personal stories at work are perceived as more relatable and approachable by their colleagues, leading to stronger team cohesion.

  1. Team-Building Games: 

Incorporate games or challenges that require teamwork and collaboration. Building in this type of fun on a regular basis is good for morale. Games like escape rooms, trivia quizzes, or brainstorming sessions also encourage creativity and problem-solving. In fact, numerous studies indicates that teamwork is positively related to important team effectiveness variables, including team performance, group cohesion, collective efficacy, and member satisfaction. 

  1. Lunch or Coffee Breaks: 

Designate time for team members to have lunch or coffee breaks together. Encourage casual conversations that help employees get to know each other on a personal level. Providing time for people to get together to discuss things unrelated to work is key to building relationships and it’s crucial for remote folks

A report in the Harvard Business Review suggests that informal social interactions can lead to improved team communication and cooperation, ultimately boosting productivity. 

  1. Volunteer Activities: 

Arrange for your team to participate in volunteer activities as a group. Giving back to the community fosters a sense of purpose and can strengthen team unity. Research from the University of Exeter shows that volunteering together can enhance feelings of togetherness and job satisfaction, ultimately benefiting both the team and individual well-being. Plus, most people feel really good after helping someone else. 

  1. Team Building Workshops: 

Invite external facilitators or experts to conduct team-building workshops during meetings. These workshops can focus on improving communication, conflict resolution, or stress management skills, etc. Team-building results in building trust between employees, increasing employee engagement, encouraging communication, mitigating conflict, and increasing collaboration. 

The Power of Authenticity and Mental Health

As managers look to the new year and how they can improve, they need to truly consider the mental health of their employees because it can affect the team profoundly. By allowing team members to be their authentic selves at work they will help ensure that mental health will be affected positively. Studies show that when team members can bring their whole selves to work, they are more likely to:

  • Experience reduced stress and anxiety, leading to better mental health
  • Build stronger relationships with colleagues, resulting in a supportive work environment
  • Demonstrate increased job satisfaction and engagement
  • Collaborate more effectively with their peers, ultimately leading to improved team performance

By integrating team-building activities that promote authenticity into weekly meetings, managers will not only strengthen their team but also create a more fulfilling and harmonious work environment for everyone. 

Let us help you start 2024 right. We provide team building workshops on personality, productive conflict, emotional agility, and management. Get in touch with Brilliant People™ today. 

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