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Importance Of Offsite For Team Building

Unlike scheduled meetings in an office environment, investing time at an offsite helps them separate the daily grind from the topics at hand, allowing for a fresh new perspective

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In today's high pressure work environment, organizations are the forefront, leading the rat race to achieve sale targets and business goals. In the number-chasing game, the focus is mainly on making clients happy, and business leaders often forget their most valued asset- employees. Team building is a proven approach that provides impactful learning, increases team communication and skills that boosts morale and productivity. It short, it is an essential element of organizational success.

Conducting team building activities such as offsite meetings aligns executives, stimulate performances, and strengthens the company's position in the industry. Employees benefit from experiencing a sense of accomplishment by working as a group in a new, open stimulated environment.

Here are a few reasons why an offsite is a great platform for team building:

Improves communication
As employees engage and participate in group activities, they break all barriers and learn new ways of working together. Participants experience the importance of good communication and develop a fresh approach to accomplish this. At an offsite, indulging in activities enables open discussions among employees and management. This can improve office relationships and consequently, the quality of work.

Breaking the ice
Offsite meetings increase the trust factor between management and employees. In a corporate setting, there is a disconnect between employees and leadership. Team building exercises give managers and team leaders the opportunity to be seen as allies rather than a boss, which can do wonders for employee morale. Such activities also serve as a platform to imitate and maintain a good positive equation between managers and team members.

Promotes creativity
Taking the team to a new place, gives them a break from the mundane office tasks and work environment. They are exposed to new experiences that will encourage them to think outside of their normal routine. Working together and sharing novel experiences together brings people closer and also ignites creativity, fresh ideas and perspectives. These are great qualities to bring back to the office.

Motivates employees
Making employees comfortable is as important as accomplishing business targets. Building a good rapport with the team motivates them to express their ideas and opinions more openly, making them more confident. This will encourage them to take on new challenges which leads to a highly productive and positive work environment.

Develops problem-solving skills
During team building activities co-workers work in tandem to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically. Employees are able to determine when a problem arises and build strategies to deal with it proficiently. This makes them adept at handling real time crisis at work.

A successful offsite meeting is a sure shot way to motivate employees and enhance productivity. Unlike scheduled meetings in an office environment, investing time at an offsite helps them separate the daily grind from the topics at hand, allowing for a fresh new perspective. It also provides an opportunity for team building activities and social interaction that instils confidence, trust and loyalty in employees. Overall, team building enables better communication, better relationships and ultimately increases productivity.

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Pratik Jindal

The author is managing director, SRS e-Retail

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