Building a team is easier said than done. You can gather different individuals into a team but bringing the support, the confidence towards one another, the understanding and the sincerity is something you can't bring through great oratory or official grouping process. To build an effective team, you need to engage them into certain activities which basically ask for the structure of a team along with each getting comfortable with the other. One best way to bring that into a team is the team building events or exercises. They are also a great way of livening up the atmosphere and breaking the ice.
These team building exercises can be carried out in the form of introductions, interviews or as training programs. Here are some of the activities that are mentioned, can be used for the purpose of team building and they are great at training the individuals for specific directions.
Organizing a workshop is very effective. Having professionals who are in the same niche industry or other related field sharing their knowledge can have great impact on the team members and their forming into a team.
You can also organize a workshop on professional and personal development, like public speech improvement workshops and clay pigeon shooting and many more. You can get them to talk about a topic in front of the other team members, who will in turn give their feedback. This will help in two ways: help in the improvement of the individual as well as get him to be more in touch with the other team members, thus resulting into a bond, needed so much in a team.
Engaging them for a compulsory chatting time is also one of the best ways to get them to know each other and get more comfortable with each other. This works best for remote or virtual companies, where the employees don't really get the time or chance to talk with each other. So, going for a conference call for a certain period of time or having a phone chat, can actually help in the building of a team.
Social outings and adventures activities are another great way to instill the team spirit into the team members for the building of a great team. Being in a sport or going to clubs can help the people develop a better understanding of the other person and thus, make them see themselves as a team.
Many big and small companies involve in charity work, which helps them promote their businesses, help the people in need and achieves another thing in the process. The sense of accomplishment as a team within the employees grows when they get together and raise the funds and work in a team mode.
Some companies have to do broadcasting about their personality profiles, updates, interviews, forecasts along with sponsor slots in between. In this case, each team of operation has to work together and prepare it, and thus sense of bond is created. Also, they get to communicate with others over long distances.