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Team Bonding

Team bonding, a like or dislike?
It may sound like a cliché, overused term.
Some love it, some don’t.
Some would be more than willing to skip it to spend the day at work or at home instead.
Some look forward to team bonding days because they get a break from the daily grind in the office.
Some have mixed feelings about it.
It begs the question if team bonding is a necessary activity for the organisation to achieve its mission. 


The Purpose of Team Bonding

Planning a few days of team bonding per year may or may not fulfil the goal it is meant to achieve.
I believe it highly depends on the camaraderie meter of your team.
If your team gets along well generally, they will look forward to team bonding days to have fun and strengthen their relationship.
However, if your team has unresolved conflicts between co-workers, team bonding may help in smothering out the kinks in their relationships. 

A team leader would then have to know intuitively what his team’s needs are, and create specific activities to support that.
Rumours spreading amongst team members would also need to be addressed in order to promote team cohesiveness and cooperation as gossip can cause bad blood amongst team members. 


Be Intentional

Team bonding is a necessary part of work which should be worked into the company’s schedule.
The crux lies in the selection of activities as each team is unique with its distinctive needs.
It may be deemed more effective when team managers consider what would truly benefit the team’s interpersonal relationships, and be highly intentional about the type of activities and groupings of the people.
In activities which require smaller groups, it would be important to consider your purpose and shuffle your team members accordingly to achieve it.
Team bonding can also be woven into office hours in the form of bite-size, fun activities during regular staff meetings.
Be creative, fun and intentional about it!

Preferably, if you have a bigger budget for a larger scale team bonding event, you may like to work with a vendor to plan the activities, while giving them demographics like ages, personality types, gender, and sharing your goal with them.
Working with a reliable and capable vendor may lift the burden off from team leaders, as they would already have their day-to-day work tasks to manage.
It would defeat the purpose if team bonding planning caused more stress and tensions within the team. 

Seek After Unity

Unity within your team matters as it allows smoother performances of daily work tasks to take place.
Sowing into team unity would eventually lead to lesser energy spent on ironing out conflictual relationships within your team which hinder their effectiveness and performance.
Though some tension may be unavoidable, you do not want excessive amounts of conflicts which bring about more stress on your team.
When a team is motivated to work well with each other and resolve clashes fast, it creates a positive work experience, resulting in improved mental health and work productivity.


In closing, team bonding is a small but powerful tool which fosters an environment of relational growth towards a positive organisational culture. 


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