Tell your staff you’re planning to do some teambuilding exercises and you’re likely to hear some groans and see a few eye rolls. Unfortunately, teambuilding exercises have a negative connotation in many workplaces. We say “unfortunate” because we believe teambuilding activities can be beneficial—when they are done effectively.
“Despite its reputation for being, well, lame, [teambuilding] is the most important investment you can make for your people,” says Brian Scudamore in an article for Forbes. “It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective [teambuilding] means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosting the bottom line.”