Yes, your last team building workshops failed.
You do not see any improvement in the relationships of team members. You hoped that by bringing together your staff, you would build camaraderie at the very least, and built trust at the very most.
But the situation has gone from bad to worse.
Like many managers, you are now starting to believe that team building workshops are a waste of time. Before you make this conclusion, let me remind you that most companies have employees. But great companies have great teams.
Successful companies know that successful teams produce more for the company. Your challenge is to transform groups of employees into teams. Teamwork accelerates individual success.
Don’t stop building your teams. Instead, evaluate your team building workshops. You will soon find out what you did wrong last time which you can make right next time.
Fixing failed team building workshops is simpler than what you think. You can start by asking the following questions:
- Were we exactly clear about our expectations? Had we told everyone – the team leader, the members, the sponsors, and the team building facilitators – of our expectations? Many team building workshops fail because they are offered as packages not as solutions to specific team challenges.
- Did we and the facilitators agree on the outcome of the team building workshop?
- Were we and the facilitators in alignment about the balance between the business concerns and the interpersonal issues that were addressed in the team building workshop?
- Did what we want or need from a facilitator match their skills? Some “facilitators” are game masters and have no background on team dynamics or how teams work in the workplace.
- Did the team building seem more important to us that it was to the participants?
- Were the participants willing to change.
These six questions may help you evaluate and examined your previous team building workshops. You may use these questions (contact me for me possible questions and I will help you) to ensure that you will be doing more effective team building workshops next time.