Team building is essentially the use of different types of team interventions that are aimed at enhancing social relations and clarifying team members’ roles, as well as solving task and interpersonal problems that affect team functions. Emerald has some innovative and adventurous Team building days / afternoons that encompass fun, energy, cohesion and set challenges throughout various games, tasks or adventures that we organise for you.
History – Team building was originally a group process intervention aimed at improving interpersonal relations and social interactions but over time has developed to include achieving results, meeting goals and accomplishing various tasks. It actually refers to the activities in which teams can engage to change its context, composition or team competencies to improve performance. It is distinct from team training (boot camp style days, that we also cater for) which is a team-development intervention and motivation, designed to improve team functioning, determination to succeed and overall effectiveness.
Things we consider – Team building is not necessarily formal or systematic in nature, it does not target skill-based competencies and typically, should not be done in similar settings to the ‘actual environment’ where the team usually would work on a particular task.
Team building generally sits within the theory and practice of any organisational development, but is regularly applied to sports teams, school groups, military, flight crews, and corporates offices who rely heavy on the outcomes and enhancements of individual capabilities, after team building sessions.
There have been many issues in past with in ‘so called’ experienced Event Company literature about the conceptual definition of team building. However at Emerald there is consensus and conceptual clarity about what team building constitutes exactly. Its four components are:
Goal setting: aligning around goals
Interpersonal-relationship management: building effective working relationships
Role clarification: reducing team members’ role ambiguity
Problem solving: finding solutions to team problems