Yesterday I was interviewed by Scott Andrews, CEO of Arriive Business Solutions. Scott asked me about the top workplace challenges that employers will face in upcoming years as well as ideas on how to stay competitive in a tightening market for talent. We talked about how team building is becoming an essential workplace enhancement that needs to be planned strategically and executed professionally. We talked about the different expectations that the new generations of workers bring to the workplace. We talked about the Enlightened Team. We even talked a bit about [tag-tec]web 2.0[/tag-tec] and [tag-ice]social networking[/tag-ice].
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In the interview I made reference to an article called "Keeping them Around" in which I list 101 ways to enhance a workplace to improve a company's ability to attract and retain good quality employees. Click to download:
Employee attraction and retention article
One thing that we meant to talk about, but ran out of time, was some of the common mistakes that managers or planners make when planning a team building activity. So here they are:
· Unclear objectives: The team building provider must know what you want to accomplish. So take the time to identify your team building objectives.
· Overly high expectations: You can’t fix every problem with team building. Example: sales people won't collaborate if you are paying them to be competitive. So don't expect a 3 hour team building activity to get them to work together more.
· Low budget: Good team building costs money. So you’ll need more than $10-15 per person. Employees have low tolerance and patience for activities that are disorganized or campy.
· Provider working illegally: If your provider is from out-of-country, ensure that they have the proper immigration status to work in your country. One client called us at the last minute to save them from a situation in which their team building provider wasn't able to work outside their home country.
You can learn more about how to plan a great team building activity by downloading our free team building planner's guide