Teambuilding Tactics That Get Results - Page 2

Feb 23, 2007

Katherine Spencer Lee

For instance, when forming a project team, you might include employees who wouldn’t normally be asked to participate, such as junior staff or individuals from a different specialty in the department. This can help the group formulate new ideas, build rapport and foster a greater respect for what each person brings to the company.

Hold Effective Meetings

Teambuilding exercises outside of the office also can be a great way to motivate a group; however, these events can have the opposite effect if they’re not managed correctly.

For starters, make sure you’re not planning activities that require physical strength or endurance; you’ll only make those with health conditions or limitations feel excluded. Strive to keep a balance between work and fun activities.

If events are too serious or difficult, people may find them draining, while ones with no clear connection to situations at the office may be viewed as a waste of time. Off-sites should be scheduled during slower periods so people aren’t constantly checking their Blackberries and cell phones to keep up with work.

Set The Example

Finally, remember, as a leader, you set the tone for any group. If you complain openly about how difficult it is to accomplish objectives when forced to rely on others in the company, you’re effectively telling employees that teamwork is more harmful than helpful — make sure your words and actions encourage effective collaboration.

Teambuilding goes beyond just planning a special outdoor activity or assigning a group of people to solve a business problem, it takes long-term strategy and refinement.

Even in the best of groups, problems can arise and changes in motivational strategy may need to be made. For instance, removing a team member who’s damaging morale often can spark renewed energy among remaining participants.

If you periodically re-evaluate what’s working and what isn’t and make appropriate adjustments, you’ll help sustain a group’s motivation over time and generate the best possible results.

Katherine Spencer Lee is executive director of Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals for initiatives ranging from e-business development and multi-platform systems integration to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology has more than 100 locations in the North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at

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