You have probably heard of the compound effect—it is, simply put, a process in which little things are consistently done over a long period of time. There is no immediate discernable result, but only static. However, once some time has passed and the production compared with what it had been limited to back when the compound effect was not in place, the results begin to assume the form of clarity and certainty.
In short, small things done overtime lead to tremendous and terrific results.
Team Building in Terms of the Compound Effect
Often when people hear about events and activities being organized for workers in order to encourage the team spirit, they don’t regard it as a thing important enough to consider. After all, the only people who benefit from the phenomenon are the workers, right? It’s only for the sake of providing them obligatory fun, or a mandatory annual event, that such events are organized?
With team building events and activities in tow, you’re actually putting the compound effect in effect at the workplace, and here’s how: overtime, as your employees become acclimatized to such events and activities, they will begin feeling lighter and happier at the workplace. They will begin putting in more active effort into their work, which will no longer feel like a task that has to be simple done—it will become a task at which they will have to excel. Creativity and employee morale will be duly boosted, and with the gradual rise in the quality of work you will witness considerable growth in your enterprise likewise.
This is the compound effect re-imagined in a corporate setting: keep your employees engaged and you will reap the rewards.
A workplace brings together a host of people from different backgrounds and harboring different interests together, in one setting. It is often difficult to make them open up to each other, and most people would rather sit silent all day, afraid of how to initiate a conversation.
While it is not imperative that socialization of the highest order must be the norm in any workplace, it pays to know your colleague, your employee, and your employer.
When you get better acquainted with your colleague, you will be better able to manage team projects and could work in a collaborative as opposed to a competitive manner. This in turn will positively affect the quality of the work being produced, and will ensure that no time is wasted. When you get to know your employee, you become familiarized with their weaknesses and strengths, and will know better what task to assign them. When you get to know your employer, you will know better what they expect from you and what their vision for any project might be.
In the long run, little things can help the business run in a smoother, better fashion. Simply knowing that your employer likes minimalism is not just knowing their lifestyle choices, but you will know what kind of Web content they are most likely to approve of. If you know that a specific employee of yours has been engaged in a lawsuit is more than knowing about their personal grievances—it’s knowing you can trust them over a project which is legally inclined.
At the end of the day, no office is run by a single department working in isolation. Many work together to bring projects to life, but they are usually separated while in the workplace. Building bridges between these departments through team building activities helps bring your employees on the same page. They align with your vision for the business and can contribute even more.
Most importantly, employees—especially the nascent, new ones—are hard to retain. There is a mob of opportunities out in the corporate world waiting for them, and your rival companies will be waiting like vultures to pounce on them. Before you know it, they will leave you for a few dollars more, or even for a fistful of dollars—and that right there is the good, the bad, and the ugly of hiring. Hiring is easy, keeping them around can only be ensured through engagement. Team building activities are a great way to do this.
Interested in Encouraging the Team Spirit?
Organize a team building activity for your New Jersey employees and keep them engaged. Give us a call at (973) 325-9111 today to run through amazing ideas, or get in touch with Team Unity for a detailed discussion.