March 19, 2010
Engage the workplace
The Corporate environment is something that intrigues me. How people use their resources and skill sets to get the optimal performance level out of their staff is challenging. There is no exact formula to running a great operation. All of the manuals, courses and training programs are great but in the end it comes down to how you can deal with your team as individuals. Everyone is different and has different needs.
The challenge we all face is “How to create a cohesive team with our individuals?” The answer to that isn’t simple or clear cut. The old method of a dictatorship with strict guidelines and discipline isn’t necessarily the best approach. Today we need to find creative ways for the team to gel and create stronger bonds. This doesn’t mean that every day is a party at the office but it does mean that people who like each other, will be more effective working together.
Creating bonds through fun team building activities outside of the office can be an efficient and cost effective way of creating these bonds. There needs to be a maintenance plan put in place that incorporates training and fun activities. Think of something fun and creative each quarter to keep your team engaged and energized.
Some suggestions; glass blowing at Banana Factory, Clay Shooting at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Indoor kart racing at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix or Paintball are good places to start!