Team building exercises

In order to retain their best talent and keep them motivated many organizations are initiating unique and innovation team building exercises.

Team building exercises have the power to engage employees and make them feel empowered.

Teaming Up

The practice: To create awareness of the HR people practices at Intelli-group the format of People Centricity Fiesta (PCF) was derived. The PCF – a week long event focuses on all the people centric practices and educates the associates through the medium of games, fun and events under the caption read participate to win. The program comprises of email contest on-Floor engagement learning activities, videos and the grand finale which is the People Centricity fest (or as some people called it – the HR meal). All in all, it’s an interesting way to learn and engage our associates. Another interesting practice is the Mick free Conference which is a unique team building game where the associates are given a product or theme and asked to have a mock press conference releasing.

Benefits: Through such initiatives the feel good factor and higher levels of engagement are attended. This fosters a positive environment and helps elevating the company brand. Also, this results in tenure continuity which means if an associate feels belonged to the company they stay longer

The tie that binds

The Practice: Accomplish Collective Excellence (ACE) is a movement under which team members of it department identify a list of problems that are hampering their productivity and prioritize the problems to be solved, at Newgen software Scientific tools are used to perform root cause analysis of problems and metrics to measure the success of results. Another interesting practice at Newgen are the prayer meetings where all members of a department get together in the morning before beginning work and hum ko man ki shakti dena… is sung by every team member singing this prayer together gives a sense of direction and ownership towards one’s goals and responsibilities

Benefits: Team building exercises have the power to engage employees and make them feel empowered. Often team members an get caught in the monotony of work. Team building activities enable participants to reinvent themselves and refresh the flow of energy within the team. Team dynamics may change due to the presence of achieving the targets and goals. Such team building activities help embers to buy their differences and improve their dynamics.

Bonding with the best

The practice: One of TERI’s unique team building initiatives is the he vision retreat which is an annual team bonding exercise with a purpose. All the research professionals participate in this event at TERI’s resort at Gurgoan. Out of box thinking requires out of box setting the lush green forest like space is an excellent setting where for day employees are asked to wear the thinking has and form TERI’s vision for the coming year. Small teams are created with a broad theme and they brainstorm eat together have fun and by the end of the day come up with some very innovative ideas.

Benefits: TERIites look forward to these occasions as these foster a friendly environment and facilitate bonding at work, complementing TERI’s flat organizational structure, which ensures a free flow of creativity; this is essential to scientific research work, which TERI undertakes.

These organizations are going that extra mile to ensure their employees form a stronger bond with the organization and with each other. Such innovation team building exercises make the workforce more motivated and committed. Are you on such organization that foster team spirit at work?

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  • Team building is a buzz word for working together in times that are so competitive and we need a lot of employee engagement activities to keep the good going!

    Any specific team building suggestions that we may involve employees from different locations of the country ?

  • Renu

    Interesting article

  • abhilash

    informative really, it is a requisite to gain employee faith and make them feel united in an org.

  • Samadhan

    Yes, this is an interesting article. Really looking forward for certain team bulding or employee engagement activities which can boost up the moral of the team.

  • Amit

    Good one, would appreciate if few examples team bonding exercise can be discussed

  • Madhavdivya

    Dear All:

    As Shalini has rightly said, TEAM BUILDING has become a buzzword – that is primarily because, “The people involved are not truly committed to build a team, and has failed to see the advantages of being in a TEAM”.

    For Eg. We work with two different business associates – one is located in Mumbai and the other in Delhi, as dealers.

    Take the case of Mumbai associate. This particular company, has preached and also put into practice the importance of involving every one, cutting across the geographic areas of our operations, the need to play as a good team member. Today, the company has reached a turnover of 45 crores in a short span of just 6 years. The company has planned and implemented its website in manner, where all of us are free to share our opinions, share availability of our respective stocks and allows us to freely exchange data of projects. When a project comes up, it can be in a manner where, the client is located at geographical region A, the consultant at B, implementation at C and so on. When all the respective dealers of these regions get actively and proactively involved at A, B and C, we reap the benefit. The benefit of bagging the project (or) the credit may go to the dealer located at A. But the good will he has been extended by the dealers at B and C shall be heartily, eagerly, thankfully and voluntarily reciprocated with data on upcoming projects in their regions at the earliest opportunity.

    On the other hand, the company at Delhi, is not focussed on the future. All that matters is the revenue it has generated by today evening. The dealers are put under pressure to perform and with practically no involvement of dealers across the geographic limitations, (A, B or C), there is no coordination or good will. Every representative works to save his job and does not have time or inclination to contribute towards the common benefit of the company. The result – NO TEAM WORK. You can imagine the turnover or both human resources of financial.

    Our suggestion for team building is to have an active and committed team members. Pressure is required to get the best, but putting them into pressure is only going to make things worse. There should be a allocation of points in their KRA (or) Performance analysis, on the amount of contribution they have made towards sharing information and working for either winning approvals, or activities in the interest of the company. Team members shall also have to be sensitized to see the benefits in helping other regions / members and should be rewarded in doing so. The benefits of being in a team and working as extended arms should be explained to them. The team members need to realize that One cannot be at all places at all times. The necessary support can be sought from other team mates and at the same time, should also be reciprocated. Only take, take & take, does not work. There should be give and take, GIVE coming first.

  • Lammy

    Please can you give examples of team building exercises that can be done, I am trying to organise some where I work and the management had made it cler they don’t want to spend any money towrards this initiative.


  • neha jain

    It is today’s revolutionary way of accomplishing goals.The word TEAM implies Together Everybody Achieve More. The article could be more beneficial if team building exercises were illustrated in more detail.

  • Backlink

    It is very interesting for me to read that post. Thanks for it.