According to the Trades Union Congress, almost one in seven people now works from home - nearly 14% of the UK workforce.
As home working continues to rise, corporate team building has never been more important. While working from home has many advantages - such as flexibility and a more effective work/life balance - it also has drawbacks, such as the potential for employees to feel isolated.
The evidence is that teams which play well together perform well together. Team building is therefore highly valuable in ensuring that employees do not feel isolated but perform to the best of their abilities.
By creating an inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels valued, important and comfortable, a team building exercise can do great things for a workforce.
Team building inspires motivation. The more motivated employees feel, the more successfully they perform. If they feel comfortable expressing themselves, their confidence rises.
Team building builds confidence, nurturing mutual trust by promoting group success. By learning to depend on the help of others in difficult or unfamiliar situations, employees work better together, learning to trust each other to achieve success.
Team building encourages communication. When people have no option but to work together to solve an issue or complete a task, open communication between them is radically improved. In team building exercises, professional seniority is irrelevant. Everyone, irrespective of their job title, is encouraged to participate and communicate equally. This improves office relationships.
So - team building in the workplace motivates employees, builds confidence and better relationships, and encourages clear communication. It’s crucial for any business.
By Angus Effemey, Director at WhizzFit