People & Society

Business organisations, esp. the larger ones, keep expanding their business and growing in volumes. They spread geographically as well. But these good tidings for the business bring along some issues for the managements as well. Any organisation is made of people, and it has to be conceded that people do have differences with each other. For organisations to keep pace with competition and keep their growth momentum going, all functions and all employees at all levels have to work as one unit. Team spirit has to be inculcated and there are special programmes to forge this spirit of oneness among the members of a team. These are well-designed activities team building programmes that help company members gain ideas when they go back to their working posts.

The Setting as Important as the Activity

There are experienced professionals who would have had successful careers in top business organisations and using that kind of a background, these experts offer their services to companies and conduct training programmes. Broadly called corporate training, the modules offered by them have different objectives for different issues based on their client companies. They constantly upgrade their own knowledge base and do a lot of case studies to know how things can go wrong in organisations and how they can be rectified with a people-centric approach.

The activities team building is also constructed with these objectives in mind. There is definitely a detailed consultation before the activities are framed. The activities can be conducted within the client organisation’s premises itself or in a hotel setting or in completely different outdoor settings. Each venue has its advantages and disadvantages. But over the years, the experience gathered by the trainers and the top managements that hire them to do the training have found that there has to be a lot of informality and fun attached to these training activities for them to have the best effects.

Devise an Activity; Make it Interactive

The perennial issues that the senior management personnel and the HRD teams have been facing over the years have been the lack of personal interest among the employees attending different training activities to focus on the training and absorb what is being said or demonstrated and so on. It is not out of any intentions on their part, but at the stage in their career, they tend to treat these as intrusions in their routine work and cannot see any benefit of them individually. The usual refrain quoted among the trainers is the question ‘what’s in it for me?’ raised by most participants in such programmes.

This is the main reason the activities team building has to be devised and played out in such a way that the interest of the participants is kept alive, and their complete involvement is secured. A lot of fun elements are brought in and by the time the 2 or 3-day training camp winds up, many of the team members would want more fun and activities. That is the power of these programmes if they are conducted properly.