How to use Christmas to boost team building

Posted on 5th December 2018

As the festive season approaches, so does the opportunity to get your whole team together and have some relaxed fun. But it’s also a great opportunity to do some sort of planned and purposeful team building activity.

Christmas (for most) is a time to relax and celebrate with family, enjoy spending time with loved ones and reflect on the year that’s about to end. It’s also a good time to think about how the start of a new year gives us the chance to set new personal goals, and to consider how you will do things differently to achieve them.

While some teams have a regular social get together or team meeting, others don’t. Either way, Christmas is a great time to bring everyone together to enjoy some fun in a relaxed environment.

Each New Year will often see us face yet more challenges to work in a more productive and mechanically efficient way. This is due to greater consumer demand, less money, fewer people, new technology and changes to legislation etc. Santa Claus must have also needed to work creatively and develop new innovations, otherwise how else has he managed to deal with the growing child population that has risen from around 1 billion in the 1960s to over 1.9 Billion in 2018, and still make all his deliveries on time?

Not to mention the other issues he has had to deal with, including:

  • Fake news that he doesn’t exist
  • Technology
  • Growing expectation
  • The increasing variety of toys, games and entertainment systems
  • Fewer chimneys
  • Triple glassing and safety locks
  • Child safeguarding laws

 

But of course he hasn’t done it all on his own has he?! I’m sure he has held regular meetings with Mrs Claus and his team of amazing elves. He’ll engage them in conversation so he can hear their expert opinions to help him find new ways of working that will develop greater efficiency and allow him to meet the ever changing demands and challenges he faces.

So why don’t you do the same?

Team building activities – if facilitated well – are designed to create an environment that will allow people to socialise and get to know each other better; especially those that don’t otherwise have that chance. This can help to raise greater personal awareness of those you work with. It includes things like skills, knowledge and experience you perhaps didn’t know about. As well as personal attributes that can lead to better workplace relationships, improved team working, and boost team performance.

Team building activities can also help develop a competitive mind-set in a relaxed and fun atmosphere and, of course, let people enjoy some bragging rights.

Well-planned and thought-out team building exercises should give teams the opportunity to collaborate their ideas and promote innovative, creative thinking. It builds team spirit that engages everyone in fun activity, enhances effective communication and gets the teams working closely together.

So make the most of this festive season and use Christmas to get your team together. Think of ways that will help them get to know one-another better and develop their relationships. It will be fun and might just prove to be a great opportunity to develop the future performance levels of your individuals, teams and organisation.

 

Merry Christmas!

Graham Ravenscroft Character
Written by:
Graham Ravenscroft
Leader Performance Coach
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