Team Building ( Internal Opportunities ):
Team building is the process of turning a group of individual employees into a cohesive team, a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of their customers by accomplishing their purpose and goals.
Team building can include the daily interaction that employees engage in when working together to carry out the requirements of their jobs. It can also involve structured activities and exercises that employees can lead.
Or, with the proper budget and goals, managers can contract out for facilitation with an external resource.
Internal Team Building Opportunities
With a little practice, groups of employees such as departments, product teams, marketing teams and more can use another employee to facilitate their group’s session. Often the team leader manager will facilitate a series of meetings at which employees get to know each other and develop cohesive working relationships.
In a larger organization, organization development staff can lead team building sessions. Many Human Resources practitioners are also comfortable leading team building sessions.
But, team building doesn’t always have to have a meeting or a facilitated meeting to accomplish the goal of a cohesive team. You can build your teams by structuring activities and fun events that team members can do together.
Start with a department picnic using a couple of hours during the workday to visit a nearby park.
You can grill outside of the office and suggest that employees bring a dish to pass. Or, you can cater in pizza or a lunch from a local caterer or restaurant. The goal that you share with the employees is that you gather together to share some quality talking time over the meal.
You can sponsor activities where employees get together for fun.