I don’t know if you have heard, but it’s the World Cup soon in Rio, Brazil. I know, it’s been pretty low-key news. We are now in the preparatory weeks where the focus will be on team development from the domestic to international stage. As with most collective sports, team cohesion will be paramount in ensuring a successful World Cup campaign. But while we are donning our three lion’s shirts and singing a catchy song sung by an out of tune ex England player, let’s have a look at how we can simultaneously increase team cohesion and team development in the work place.
Who better to get advice from than from the governing body themselves? Yes you have read correctly, we’ve taken FIFA’s 2014 Guide to the Ultimate Team and have applied it to the world of team building events. So listen up:
Tip 1, Team Cohesion: “Even if you’re not the strongest individually, working together collaboratively can help obtain success.”
Individually we all strive to be the best but sometimes a team consisting of everyone being ‘the best’ at what they do isn’t the winning factor. Sure it might help to have a team of skilled individuals but performing well as a unit can equally reap rewards. Germany always tends to do well due to their ability to function efficiently as a team rather than individually – The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Tip 2, Team Development: “When choosing which players to play with, you will have to look carefully at their attributes. For each position, focus on the truly important attributes.”
People have all sorts of wonderfully unique skills and attributes that you may not know about at first glance. Make sure you really get to know your employees and make sure they get to know each other. Team building is not just for filling an events budget, a good team building event can get your employees opening up to each other, interacting and building relationships that would never have developed naturally in an office environment. All attributes, no matter how bizarre – like ones needed in our ‘Two Tribes’ or ‘Sports Day’ outdoor events – can be applied back in the office even if it is simply the ability to laugh together over funny anecdotes. When you develop people’s attributes you are naturally developing teams.
Tip 3, Motivation: “It’s also important that the player chosen fits the formations he likes to play in.”
Just like a good defender is useless up front, an employee placed in a position that isn’t using all their strengths can be devastating to morale and productivity and you don’t want them going to another team!
Tip 4, Defining Your Team: “Last but not least, it’s mandatory that you tune all of your team so that the individual and team chemistry be as high possible. For this last step to be easier, the majority of the players start to define the type of team they’re building. “
For this to happen, good communication is imperative. A company that shows unity and solidarity through a deeper understanding of each individual’s ability is a company that will be able to face anything the industry throws at them and prevail as leaders in their field.
Focusing on sporting events in the office doesn’t have to be a distraction; it can be a positive involvement for your workplace. Not only is it a chance to celebrate the different cultures and nationalities in the office, it’s also the perfect inspiration for teamwork and team spirit. Tap into your employee’s natural interest in the World Cup this year with our vast range of outdoor team building activities, all guaranteed to tap into your team’s wonderfully unique skills and personalities by actively encouraging bonding and a sae level of competitiveness in a fun and memorable way.