Team Building Sucks
Team building needs a new name. It’s boring and functional as a pair of words right now but the actual activity itself is so necessary. Building a team is a lot of work and when it’s done right, the people involved don’t want to break up the team. They enjoy coming to work together and pull more of their own weight to contribute because they don’t want to let the team down.
It needs a new name because… ughhh a team building exercise? We’re going to a team building event? Gross. No thanks. But when you’re going out to drinks, planning your summer party, bringing donuts into the office or planning a workshop, aren’t you building strength within your team? Aren’t you making your workplace a little bit better to be at? Aren’t we trying to make our team a little bit happier?
So why not call it something a little more appetizing? The summer party. Funday Monday. Friday breakfast club? I don’t care. It honestly doesn’t matter what you call it as long as the people planning it know that the intention is to build a stronger team through trust and fun, creating memories and better communication among your team.
Yesterday my team and I went to a trapeze school where we learned how to swing through the air and do tricks, and then we spent 3 hours having drinks and sharing stories. It was great and I love my team that much more because of a couple hours of memorable activitiy and open communication.
There’s no right way to do it, but the wrong way just may be to call it a team building exercise and make it feel like work.