Teambuilding – DRAGONSTYLE!

By Jackie Siemon

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Corporate teambuilding facilitates better communication, motivates employees, promotes creativity, helps to develop problem-solving skills and increases the trust factor with employees.  Teambuilding in the workplace enables better communication, relationships and increases productivity.

“Nurturing teamwork is first priority for many business executives” says Suzanne Willis Zoglio, Ph.D and author of Teams at Work: 7 Keys to Success and The Participative Leader.  “There are obvious benefits of corporate teambuilding – increased productivity, improved customer service and it creates a more flexible system and employee empowerment.

Mary Collins, author of American Idle: A Journey through our Sedentary Culture says activity impacts our brains.  Physical movement is of equal importance to the brain as stimulating it by reading and writing.  Collins says, “Workspaces have become more confined to sitting at computers in desk chairs day in and day out.  Society’s health is suffering with crippling musculoskeletal problems that occur as a result of inactivity and poor posture.”  While a number of media articles suggest adults to walk more often and take the stairs, these suggestions are a good start, however Collins suggests that it is important to be “spontaneously active.”  Spontaneous physical activity can contribute significantly to differences in total daily energy expenditure in an individual.  By decreasing the amount of non-exercise and incorporating activity within the workplace there is high promise that productivity will increase in the office.

Measuring the outcomes of a corporate teambuilding event can be difficult if you have no way to do so.  Deciding what you wish to measure or determining an area of emphasis prior to the event will aid in defining success, for example; improving internal communication.  It is important to recognize that teambuilding can be fun, add value as well as give your employees tools they can use when returning to work the next day. And team building should create change that lasts.

A study led by Cameron Klein of the University of Central Florida was conducted in order to answer the question of whether or not teambuilding is effective.  He studied and surveyed 26 teams of small (less then five people), medium (five to ten people) and large (over ten people) sizes before and after their teambuilding activity.  The results were encouraging and suggested that teambuilding does improve overall outcomes of a team such as goal setting, interpersonal relations, problem solving and productivity at work.    Although teams of all sizes benefited from teambuilding exercises, larger teams appeared to have the most success.

Dragonboat offers the ultimate teambuilding experience because it builds on the skills necessary for today’s business environment.  It is an excellent way to develop teamwork, communication, build relationships and increase productivity in the workplace.  In an activity where synchronicity is more important than individual strength, developing a cohesive and inclusive team comes naturally with this sport.

References

Klein, Cameron, et al. “Does Team Building Work?” Small Group Research 40.2 (2009): 181-222.

Collins, Mary. American Idle: A Journey through Our Sedentary Culture. Sterling, VA: Capital, 2009. Print.