Say what you will about the economic policies of Karl Marx but the philosophical notion of workers as faceless components in a soulless automaton is (unfortunately) an enduring one in the popular mind.
Summer holidays are over, children back to school, and the whole team finally back behind their desks or machinery. The summer period is a great opportunity to discover whether your workforce can truly perform as a team, or whether they just feel a job is a job. Projects must be shared, perhaps temps drafted in, and workloads increased to compensate for those on annual leave.
'There's no team without trust' as Paul Santanga of Google put it - building trust in your workplace will improve relationships, communication and productivity. Your employees will work more efficiently as a team and everyone will benefit from increased morale at work.
Human resource budgets are being squeezed in all areas of industry. Businesses are having to reduce spend while continuing to improve the skills and abilities of their workforce. One area particularly hard hit is that of team building.
Do team-building activities really work...? It’s a question that has been asked by countless leaders, managers, employees, and academics. For some, the question comes down to an issue of return on investment (ROI). For others, there are profound puzzles about human cognitive development, behaviourism and psycho-social interaction.
Everyone knows that morale can be a make-or-break element in any organisation. Good morale increases productivity, unlocks creativity and helps employees to bond. The term “team-building exercise” may sound like something entirely unconnected however, it is now increasingly recognised that team-building plays a crucial role in strengthening morale in a variety of ways.
Many congratulations to EML Director, Jon Huggett, having just returned from the 28th MLAIC World Championships in Eisenstadt, Austria.
If you’ve never considered team building, it’s time to find out what you’ve been missing out on and why team building activities should be an important focus in every team management strategy.
There is a strong link between employee engagement and financial performance. Businesses who invest in building committed, motivated teams enjoy increased productivity and profitability. Engaged employees are a valuable asset, as they work with energy and clarity; both individually and collaboratively to help their organisation achieve its goals.