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Squeeze the most out of team-building activities

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With employees fretting about layoffs, or reeling from recent workplace cuts, now’s a great time for team-building.

You don’t need an expensive round of paintball to gain the benefits of team-building exercises. But you do need to squeeze the most out of them.

Looking into team-building activities? Here’s what to consider:

Make team-building activities relevant. Look for a team-building activity that helps you encounter and tackle the real problems you face, rather than a rah-rah activity.

Building a house with Habitat for Humanity builds pride and community spirit, but does it strengthen a team? And does the volunteer work translate into improved performance once you’re back at the office?

Bring team-building into everyday work by using what you have in-house, rather than off-site facilitators.

Here’s an example from Harvard Business online: When Peter Emmenegger was in the product development group at General Electric, his manager brought their group together every morning. First, the manager introduced the latest metric and communicated the business need. Then employees figured out how to meet it.

“It was almost like we had our own board of directors,” Emmenegger says. “And we took ownership of the goals.”

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