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Does Team Building Really Improve Team Work? What Is Team Building Anyway? I came across an article this week in the UK’s Telegraph and also from Peter Kelly, Vodafone UK about team building that raises some really interesting points. The article states that  “Office “team-building'” exercises only succeed in leaving staff feeling more awkward about dealing with their colleagues”. A survey carried out by Vodafone UK and YouGov suggests “workers feel that some organised team-building activities can be a waste of time, and at worst, are toe-curlingly embarrassing.” What made me laugh/cringe at the same time was some of the team building activities that teams had considered the most excruciating. These included: 1. Enduring bikini-clad ‘bed baths’ and massage from colleagues (What is a bed bath?) 2. Holding lingerie parties (I am sure approved by HR before hand) 3. Eating crickets as part of a ‘bush tucker trial’ style event (No animals were harmed in the eating of the crickets) According to the survey, “adrenaline experiences like speed-boating and bungee jumping are considered the least effective team-building activities, followed by trust exercises such as being blindfolded and led by colleagues. Those deemed most effective are social events like going out for a drink or a meal, followed by volunteering and charity work” The article went on to say that while many genuine team building ideas can be beneficial, it was important to get the basics right at work first. Survey respondents suggested the basics were: 1. Providing a more supportive atmosphere at work, 2. Enabling better team communication and 3. Offering tools for flexible working The article raised a few key points for me. I mentioned some of these in a team building post lat year 1. The big point that it raised for me is that anything literally can be called team building, even Lingerie Parties apparently. It’s a fact that there is no formal qualification to be involved in team building or to set up a company. It’s not like being say a lawyer or accountant where you have to have a degree to work in those fields. What someone tells you may be a great team building program may in fact be useless. You may also have a great team building idea/program that is ruined by the organisation of the event or the facilitation. The facilitator may not know his specialist subject area. Anything can be called team building and it can be run by anyone. 2. You have to get the basics right at work first. You can have a great training/team development/conference/team building program but if there is no support from the organisation or...

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