Team Building Exercises Aren't Just for Fun—They're Critical to Employee Engagement

Cornerstone On Demand

Companies and employees are increasingly focused on finding a healthy work-life balance, but that doesn't mean the two need to be entirely separated. We spend the majority of our days in the workplace—which means we spend a majority of our days with our coworkers, and it turns out, we're happier if these coworkers are our friends, too

Five Tips to Optimize Team-Building

Ceridian

Team-building activities have a polarizing reputation. A majority of companies have them, spending billions of dollars a year for programs designed to create stronger teams. The reason is, when done right, team-building is a great way to improve employee motivation, productivity and communication, build trust, and help develop problem-solving skills. Here are five tips to optimize your team-building exercises: Set context and tangible goals.

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TeamWORK or Team-BUILDING?

HR Hardball

My Talent Acquisition team recently participated in a team-building event courtesy of our friends at Strayboots. We literally have a motto in our Recruiting organization that translates to “we keep moving or we die.”. which may explain this… With that as a backdrop, a spirited walk on the streets of downtown Dallas would be a great respite from the grind, and would give us a chance to strengthen the bonds of our team.

16 Employee Engaging Team Building Games

EmployeeConnect

One of the most effective ways to make your team feel connected and work collaboratively in a more engaging & fun way, is through team building games. These are broken down into communication activities, problem solving and/or decision making activities, adaptability and/or planning activities, and activities that focus on building trust. Let’s take a look at some of the more engaging team building games.

16 Employee Engaging Team Building Games

EmployeeConnect

One of the most effective ways to make your team feel connected and work collaboratively in a more engaging , & fun way, is through team building games. These are broken down into communication activities, problem solving and/or decision making activities, adaptability and/or planning activities, and activities that focus on building trust. Let’s take a look at some of the more engaging team building games.

Remote Team-building Series: Virtual Team-building Activities

Rise

Being a part of a close-knit team at work is what often makes a job more enjoyable. Employees who are engaged with one another are more likely to take pleasure (and pride) in their shared work. Why virtual team-building activities are important.

Three Great Team-Building Activities To Help Promote Better Corporate Culture

Take It Personel-ly

Team-building has a bit of an unfortunate reputation in the corporate world, and there are a lot of negative associations linked to it. Used effectively, team-building exercises can make your office a better place to work, improving both social interaction and workplace culture. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Here are a few […].

6 Team Building Ideas to Increase Employee Engagement

Quantum Workplace

The concept behind team-building is fantastic. The idea is to employees outside their normal activities, get them mingling with coworkers they don't normally interact with, and have fun while fostering teamwork. They give the workplace a nice employee engagement boost.

Employee engagement activities for HR to try

PeopleStrategy

Employee engagement has become increasingly important as employers face more competition in the global, highly connected war for talent. Trying to increase employee engagement or keep employees engaged has fallen on the shoulders of HR (right or wrong). So how do you figure out the best ways to boost engagement? What if you implement employee engagement activities that haven’t been fully thought through and end up doing more harm than good?

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement

Clarity Wave

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement In an effort to keep employees motivated, satisfied and productive, business leaders and psychologists have developed a variety of programs over the years. In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the concepts of team building and employee engagement. Employees who are not rowers are riders. Employee morale is enhanced. Engagement

Building Employee Engagement with a Travel-Heavy Team

CultureIQ

Making Company Culture a Priority – Even If Your Team Is Always on the Road. In 2015 alone, employees around in the United States took 488 million business trips , spending $302 billion. While the occasional long-distance business trip pops up for about 10% of employees , other employees find themselves traveling shorter distances more regularly. Follow in Buffer’s footsteps by assigning new employees a mentor for weekly or monthly phone calls.

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement

Clarity Wave

Team Building Activities that Increase Employee Engagement In an effort to keep employees motivated, satisfied and productive, business leaders and psychologists have developed a variety of programs over the years. In recent years, a great deal of attention has been focused on the concepts of team building and employee engagement. Employees who are not rowers are riders. Employee morale is enhanced. Engagement

Employee Engagement Strategies (worksheet included!): Improve Communication With A Fun Team Building Activity

EngagementMultiplier

With the two branches of our Engagement Multiplier team based in Chicago and the UK, the entire company had never actually been in the same room until recently. And we kick-started our group effort with a full day of team building activities led by Shannon Waller , a Kolbe Certified Consultant and Strategic Coach presenter, speaker and coach. Her expertise is in getting teams to work seamlessly together. First, we did our own office team building exercise.

Employee Engagement Investments

New to HR

workers reported they were engaged in their roles in 2014 – a disturbingly low number, especially when one considers that it was even lower (29.6%) in 2013. Finding effective and innovative ways to engage employees in an age where competitors have more access to talent than ever before can be difficult. Deciding which tactics are the most viable when time does not allow for trial and error can leave the HR function scrambling to retain employees and terrified of attrition.

10 remote team-building activities for low and high trust teams

PI Worldwide

As you walk this line between optimism and pragmatism, you may struggle to maintain team morale. Whether it’s a matter of weeks or months, it’s critical to keep teams motivated and mobilized around your goals. Here are 10 remote team-building activities you can try. Effective team building is essential to maintaining openness and trust. Yet it may feel like a tall order as teams work from home.

A Complete Guide to Employee Engagement for 2020

CuteHR

An Engaged Employee is the Holy Grail for any business. With enumerable aspects linked to Employee Engagement, it has become a matter of critical interest for any organization to drive growth and opportunity. “Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” Not Engaged: Employees who perform at the bare minimum level of performance and have less emotional attachments to their workplaces.

Building stronger teams: How to plan and implement a great team-building program

Zoho People

Some are engaging, others are boring or completely off the mark. Team-building activities are often misunderstood as a waste of time and money, but if they are done right, these activities can promote a positive and productive work culture. Every team is different, so your team-building program must adapt to those differences. Last time, we listed 15 of the best and most cost-effective team-building activities. Understanding team-building.

Why Cognitive Diversity Drives Business Success

Emergenetics International

Without giving too much away, the exercise engages participants in a somewhat outlandish game of charades. Blog Business Challenges Cognitive Diversity Emergenetics Employee Engagement cognitive diversity collaboration Communication employee engagement team building team collaboration thinking and behavioral preferences

How to Foster Employee Engagement in the Competitive IT Industry

Get Hppy

With the current tech boom showing no signs of stopping anytime soon, companies often find it difficult to acquire and keep high-quality employees over long periods of time. Worker engagement is a challenge across all industries, but in IT even the best managers can have trouble keeping their colleagues loyal and motivated. Using cutting-edge employee engagement software. The post How to Foster Employee Engagement in the Competitive IT Industry appeared first on Hppy.

4 Employee Engagement Ideas That Boost Morale

Pingboard

Healthy employee engagement contributes to morale and overall satisfaction at work. A focus on improving employee engagement is a worthwhile goal for any organization. Research shows a strong link between engagement and a range of positive performance outcomes such as higher productivity, lower turnover, and greater profitability. In addition, higher employee engagement drives morale and stronger feelings of well-being among employees.

Maintaining Employee Engagement in Uncertain Times

Avature

As we are intimately familiar with the combination of tools and culture required for remote team success, we felt it prudent to put together and share some strategies for maintaining productivity as employees begin to work exclusively from home. To keep operations running as efficiently as possible given the circumstances, look to optimize your remote work model by implementing the following engagement best practices. Uber ) to engage in temporary hiring freezes.

What Can Leaders do About Employee Engagement?

ATD Human Capital

workers are considered engaged in their jobs. Sally, on the other hand, is part of the 68 percent who are considered either not engaged or actively disengaged in their jobs. What Does It Mean to Be Engaged? As a report by Institute of Employment Studies states, the ability to grow and take on new jobs makes employees feel valued, which is the strongest driver of engagement. Is Engagement Really Important?

What Aspects of Company Culture Lead To Increased Employee Engagement?

Get Hppy

workforce is disengaged – meaning more than half of employees aren’t emotionally committed to their organization and its goals. The Engagement Institute estimates that disengaged employees can cost organizations between $450 and $550 billion every year. Employee engagement is something that every employer seeks to maximize. Also read: Engagement in the workplace – How to measure your ROI. Company culture Employee engagement

The Secret to Building Great Teams: Create User Manuals [My article in Talent & Culture Magazine]

Jason Treu

The Secret to Building Great Teams: Create User Manuals [Talent & Culture Magazine]. Onboard new employees with teams Build much better relationships and teamwork on existing teams Use with people you would work within different groups Use in working groups Use during mergers and acquisitions Use in conflict resolution And many more scenarios! It also instantly increases trust and team chemistry.

How Promoting Exercise in the Office Can Drastically Increase Productivity

OmegaHR Solutions

There are studies which show that implementing an exercise at work program can help increase your productivity. If you are a business owner or manager, it could really help your business if you add some incentives for the employees to exercise during the work hours. Exercise helps relieve stress and helps the employees to stay active and productive. Taking walks will also help the employees stay fresh and efficient.

Maintaining Employee Engagement in Uncertain Times

Avature

As we are intimately familiar with the combination of tools and culture required for remote team success, we felt it prudent to put together and share some strategies for maintaining productivity as employees begin to work exclusively from home. To keep operations running as efficiently as possible given the circumstances, look to optimize your remote work model by implementing the following engagement best practices. Uber ) to engage in temporary hiring freezes.

4 Mistakes Companies Make When Tackling Employee Engagement

KeenAlignment

Employee engagement is often considered the heartbeat of an organization. It shapes culture, influences the rise and fall of productivity, and measures employee happiness. People are easily influenced by the actions of others and employee engagement is no exception. An individual’s happiness or unhappiness at work can spread like wildfire, making or breaking successful teams and leaders. Leadership’s typical reaction is to “fix” the engagement problem.

How to Involve Introverts in an Employee Engagement Strategy

Vantage Circle

Employee Engagement Strategy is the reigning regime for boosting employee satisfaction and retention. But, most organization’s Employee Engagement Strategy subconsciously misses the introverted personas in their strategy. This harms engagement. So, today, we focus on how to involve your Introverts in an Employee Engagement Strategy. What is Employee Engagement Strategy? Whereas writing their ideas helps them engage better.

Want Engaged Employees? Try Team Building

Evil HR Lady

Having a cohesive team is critical to the success of your department–and your entire company. Hop over to Cornerstone and read: Team Building Exercises Aren’t Just for Fun–They are Critical for Employee Engagement Why is this? And how can you do this? To answer these questions, I interviewed Strayboots CEO Ido Rabiner over at Cornerstone, Inc.’s ’s ReWork blog.

10 Employee Recognition Ideas to Maximise Employee Engagement

EmployeeConnect

It’s a tried and tested theory that recognising your employees is a pathway towards maximising employee engagement. This engagement can form between you and your employee or your employee with the company overall. When you recognise your employees for their efforts, contributions and time, they feel acknowledged and significant to your organisation. Secondly, it allows your employees to have their say. Engagement Recognition

7 Fun Ways to Host Team Meetings

Achievers

Team meetings are renowned for being boring and, to many employees, a waste of time. So, as a meeting host in your business, it’s up to you to spice things up and bring a spark that will keep everybody engaged. This is a type of meeting where you’ll introduce a certain point or subject and then break the teams up into groups to discuss it. Try Team Building Efforts. You could give your team a puzzle or play a simple Q & A game.

Alarming Statistics on Employee Engagement for 2017

Kazoo

One of the answers we hear often is that a recent employee engagement survey revealed that people aren’t feeling the love; that morale has hit rock bottom and employees don’t feel appreciated. The frequency of these types of survey results helps explain why employee engagement is the top human resource challenge in the next three to five years. It also reinforces some of the alarming statistics on employee engagement.

35 Insanely Fun Team Building Activities For Work (“Trust Falls” Not Included)

SnackNation

35 Insanely Fun Team Building Activities For Work (“Trust Falls” Not Included). Believe it or not, team building activities for work are critically important to the success of your business. In fact, the personal bonds formed between team members actually give your company a competitive edge. It’s all about engagement. There’s a pretty clear link between the personal bonds between your team members and their engagement level.

13 Creative Employee Engagement Activities (That Aren’t Cheesy)

Pingboard

Engaged employees are much happier and more motivated at work, and it shows in their performance. A Gallup survey reported that highly engaged teams are 21 percent more productive on a daily basis—and that’s not all. Research shows that employee engagement makes teams more profitable, reduces voluntary turnover, and leads to better outcomes all around. Here are 13 of our favorite creative employee engagement ideas—and we promise they aren’t cheesy!

back to basics: use connection to create employee engagement

O.C. Tanner

Common words we use to talk about employee engagement include research, ROI, and performance. But at the core, employee engagement is pretty basic. Employee and manager connections. If we were to apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to an employee’s needs, their most basic needs would be their total pay package—a competitive salary, benefits, and safe work environment. If those needs aren’t met, employees are less likely to feel engaged.

You should consider hiring these strategic job positions this year.

LifeSpeak

The New Year isn’t just about redefining and improving oneself on a personal level; organizations are seeing the start of 2019 as an opportunity to develop by revamping their teams. What is changing, however, is the emergence of strategic roles related specifically to employee engagement and well-being. Everyone’s wondering what in the world work-life balance is supposed to look like now, and this confluence of factors is leaving many employees burnt out and unwell.

Build a Team of Personalities: One Consultant’s Approach to Improving Employee Engagement

Everwise

For most employees, these personality tests can seem like a waste of time, or, worse, an invasion of privacy. What’s the value of these tests and how can we make better use of this kind of information while team building? One that takes the personality tests so many enterprises love to use, and builds a stronger, more collaborative work environment. How did you decide to use this kind of personality-driven team building? And then we map out the team.

Why Team Building Should Play a Central Role in Corporate Culture

Corn on the Job

Only then can we explore how and why or even IF team building is important. In a business sense, it determines how a company’s employees and management interact and handle outside business transactions. A company’s culture is reflected in everything from its dress code and office setup to its hiring decisions, employee communications and treatment of clients. Employees make hundreds of decisions on their own every day, and culture is our guide…”.

Why we love LifeSpeak

LifeSpeak

In the spirit of love and our LifeSpeak15 celebrations , our team thought we’d have a little fun and swap stories about why we love LifeSpeak by answering a short questionnaire on our culture, our roles, etc. All the answers were absolute gems, but our team is too large to post all of them, so here are some highlights: What’s your favorite thing about working at LifeSpeak? team attitude that flows through absolutely everyone, regardless of the role they fill.

10 Winning Ways to Boost Team Motivation

Vantage Circle

“If you take out the team in teamwork, it just work. Leading a team to greatness is not an easy task. Every day employees are subjected to new challenges, uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. Presenting 10 Effective Ways to Boost Team Motivation among employees: 1.