In a recent research article on the Institute Of Internal Communication website (www.ioic.org.uk) I came across the following statistics on the importance of teamwork and collaboration in businesses:
According to Zippia Research:
Other Employee Perspectives:
Working in the field of team performance I was once again struck with how important effective teams are to both business success and to employee engagement.
We spend a huge amount of time working in teams and being judged by the performance of the team as a whole.
The levels of employee engagement (and the sense of purpose) that radiates from being part of a high performing, supportive team that gets s&@t done can literally make life feel like a joy for everyone involved.
The frustration, stress and reduction in wellbeing that comes from being immersed in a toxic team culture is, by contrast, nothing short of miserable and results in poor business results and high employee turnover.
Why though with all this quantitative and qualitative evidence pointing to the important of teamwork is team development so low on the agenda for most businesses?
I have to hold my hand up as complicit in this.
Over the last 20 years there have been too many occasions where team intervention we’ve been involved in was nothing short of woolly nonsense.
Nice but, in terms of it’s impact on the bottom line, nothing more than a box ticking exercise or an afterthought.
At best making the team feel bonded for a week or so or, at worst, making them feel like plonkers.
We realised this around 2008, just after the financial crash.
One of the reasons that we (a team building company of all things) survived 2008 and then the Coronavirus Pandemic is because we realised that businesses NEED teams that work in order to grow and reduce turnover.
We exist to recalibrate the role of team building and team development to ensure that it delivers measurable improvement. Clients that are aligned to this have supported us through thick and thin because they realise that high performing teams are essential to their business success.
Yes, workshops and events should be enjoyable and engaging but they should also be challenging, deliver true insight and produce actionable next steps for the Leaders to act upon.
If you want workshops and events to measurably build employee engagement and team performance then book an initial consultation call now to get started HERE.
“EML were great to work with, really responsive & flexible. Our team was in need of some quality time together having been working from home for so long. Neil’s excellent facilitation helped us to learn more about each other, strengthen our connections, and build some shared goals in a really fun and safe way.”
Amy Taylor | Clinical Lead | NHS
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