Team: more recognisable as a word is also an acronym for ‘Together We Achieve More’. Team-building or better still Team-bonding has become a buzzword in the corporate world today. An enterprising concept that has gradually become an important tradition of many companies, the success of most organisations depends on the employees working amicably towards a common goal, especially if they have to work together in teams.
Many activities are now focussed on teams to improve productivity and motivation. Be it an obstacle course, a treasure hunt or a Chocolate Challenge, the activities are merely a means to the end – a high impact learning experience and team-bonding. The action can either be within the office premises or at another location. Taking employees out of the office helps them to break down their personal and political and boundaries, eliminate distractions, and have fun.
Cooking as a team activity might reduce hassles, encourage maximum participation and forge team spirit. After all, what else can help people bond in the way food can? Organise a cooking activity or competition and vibrancy, camaraderie, bonding and some crazy results are sure to follow! It could also be very enriching as it can lead to rich rewards like people rendering many educative values by each other’s works. A team-building activity while using food as a bonding factor helps in seeing not just different sides to people but also familiarises people with different cooking tactics. The same also boosts people’s leadership skills which might be refined under stressors of limited time.
Incorporating key messages via these team-building activities will do good in defining and strengthening the dynamics of a team. It is also a great way to break ice between members of different groups. Cooking is an activity of fun rather than stress and the interaction that follows can be real a game-changer. Organise a ‘cook the best dessert’ contest or a ‘palette with the most quirky presentations’, and that will enable the team to engage with each other in a relaxed environment while activating brainpower at its very best.
An experience of having performed well together might be an icing on the cake and can help people garner specific learning, which can be applied at work. Rather than aggressive competition, the event should focus more on people having fun which is likely to ensure delicious memories with co-workers. At ICCA, our team-bonding classes aim at just that kind of an experience.
For as someone has rightly said, “Talent can win you games, but Teamwork can win you Championships”.