Individuality counts but teamwork divides work and multiplies success. Teamwork is something we practice daily, but subconsciously. Such as marriage. If you are married, and married for some years now, it is due to teamwork that you have a successful marriage today. If you are a fantastic teacher, it is teamwork that has got you that position. Had there not been students to praise you would never know you were good at teaching. Teamwork is all about maintaining your individuality yet working together in a group, respecting everyone’s point of view. Moreover, teamwork becomes an important quality that an employee should possess if you are at the workplace. It is the duty of teachers and parents to inculcate the quality of teamwork amongst children from a very young age. Children then learn, to socialize and start respecting others point of view. Now, to get that “we are a team” feeling in children, below are a few fun team building ideas.
Teamwork enables children to work towards a common goal as they work in their respective abilities and allows them to take turns; instead of doing the task all by themselves. Team building also gives them an opportunity to emerge as natural leaders.The easiest way to foster team building amongst children is to have a few team building activities.
Spill the Beans: You can gather all the children together, give them a piece of paper and a pen, and ask them to write down questions regarding other teammates. Once they are done, collect the chits and start reading them aloud, asking the written questions to the child in concern. Make sure the children have not written anything that sounds offensive or bad. A question-answer round gives children a chance to get to know each other better, and hence fosters the feeling of being a team.
Scavenger Hunt: A scavenger hunt is a part of an important team building activity, since it ensures working in a group to win the hunt. It is a fun game indeed, and you can hide small treasures in places with a clue written on a piece of paper, and get children searching for the treasure. While doing so, teammates interact with each other and celebrate the spirit of teamwork.
Divide and Assign: Team building not only improves the productivity of work assigned to a group, but also ensures self development, leadership skills, improves communication, and increases one’s ability to listen to others and work closely as a group to solve a problem. You can divide kids into two groups and assign a task (it could be project work or some art work). In this way, team members identify their strengths and weaknesses, and channelize them in the right direction as a group, for best results.
Sports Day: A sports day is the best way to interact with your colleagues and get to know each other. This idea comes from personal experience as my workplace organized a sports day. There was active participation from all departments, which resulted in us getting to know each other, and then working with each other or working on a project together became easy. This sort of activity also creates a healthy and fun environment at the workplace.
Outdoor Trip: Well, this is a real fun team building idea. An outdoor trip allows you to lose your inhibitions and mix with your colleagues like never before. In fact, an outdoor trip allows adventurous co-workers to come together, have fun and bond well. The bond that develops during such activities, boosts team bonding at the workplace as well.
Charitable Work: Doing charitable work is a fun team building idea. Here, you tend to indulge into some humble service, and at the same time, bond with your colleagues, hence fostering team building. This sort of bonding is the main ingredient of team building, which remains at the workplace as well. It is highly important to improve work and team productivity.
Those were some great activities for building team spirit to choose from. Organizing a potluck, performance art program, or engaging the team in a problem that requires teamwork and systematic planning to arrive at a creative solution, can be considered too. Evaluate the kind of team building program you want for your group, or even your employees, to improve team productivity and the company’s growth.