For any company, it does not resolve to hire good professionals only if it is not possible to develop them and motivate them to apply their skills consciously. Team building is one of the main tools that can be used to achieve the best in team development.
The concept of team building began in the 1920s and 1930s, when Australian psychologist George Elton Mayo was invited to experiment at a factory at the Western Electric Company in Chicago to analyze the work environment and the relationship between conditions offered to workers and their productivity.
Mayo verified that the productivity index was being determined by the social integration, much more than by the physical capacity of each worker, arriving at the conclusion that the personal behavior has as main support the troupe, that is, the team, since the professionals do not act individually, but rather as members of a group.
Through this first experience, companies were observed as a set of informal social groups, where the structure does not always coincide with formalization. The study also showed that it is important to maintain a constant social interaction in the company environment, paying special attention to the emotional or even irrational aspects. As a result, managers began to pay more attention to the emotional side of their teams.
Team building and working groups
Within a company, we can observe several work groups, integrated by professionals from different areas. Team building aims to get these working groups to act as a team, making each employee understand the concept of team and the benefits it can bring to the organization. This increases performance and productivity, in addition to which each employee gets more motivation for their activities.
The importance of team building in the development of teams, therefore, is to broaden or reinforce the engagement among employees, allowing results to be increased through the synergy achieved, that is, to bring the team culture to workgroups.
This form of training demonstrates that it is essential that companies achieve a healthy work environment with motivated and united people. It is not enough just to train professionals in specific tasks if they are not aware of the need for co-participation.
Team building activities
In this way, team building shuns traditional training methods, offering activities that will contribute to self-knowledge and interaction among employees.
During the team building activities, employees are led to some challenging and constructive practices, applied through playful and dynamic techniques, usually done outside the work environment, in any informal space, preferably in the open air.
With the practices of team building, it is possible to create greater motivation, knowing that motivation is one of the main forces to improve human behavior. Through motivation, we seek to improve personal and professional performance, improving productivity through the valuation of each employee.
As it is known that a motivated professional can better identify their potentialities, team building demonstrates how to apply this potential according to function, which leads the professional to be more recognized and admired.
When the work environment is pleasant, there are the right conditions for better relationships between people and motivation also goes beyond the limits of each other. Team building, in this way, makes the team feel empowered and well trained, more confident and committed to the goals of the company.
In team building activities, the team members themselves are led to make decisions and solve problems in an integrated way, overcoming their own deficiencies and promoting a better development of their potential.
As a result, the company will have a more efficient team, creating a clearer vision of the company’s goals and objectives. The main characteristic that leads to this is the way of applying team building, which is done informally, in a comfortable and relaxed environment, without the normal tensions or pressure of the work.