5 Team Building Ideas to Engage

June 10, 2011

Employee engagement is key to a successful team and a successful organization. An engaged team will be more dedicated to the organization, more willing to go above and beyond, and more likely to be innovative. Here are five team building ideas to help keep your team engaged:

1. One-on-One Time
One of the easiest and most effective ways to engage your team is to spend quality time with them. Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with your team members and spend time discussing their current projects, challenges, and new ideas. For a special treat, take them to lunch. You can do this with individuals on your team or small groups. Take advantage of the time outside the office to get to know your team more personally. Or simply make an effort to make it around to every desk over the course of the week to talk with your teammates and get an update on their life and work.

To help you remember details about your teammates, use our Tell Us About You Form. You can record employee recognition preferences, hobbies, favorite foods, and more. It’s a great resource for future recognition moments.

2. Implement a Suggestion System
Employees who feel their opinions are valued demonstrate greater employee engagement than those that don’t. Implement an employee suggestion system for your team as an outlet for individual ideas, proposals, and suggestions. A basic suggestion system is easy to implement and use. Simply place the box in a central location, like a break room or filing cabinet, and communicate with employees what it is and why it is there. Employees can write down their idea and add it to the box for review.  Ask a small group of members of your team to regularly review the ideas and give feedback to you.

3. Give Exposure
Keep your team engaged with the organization by giving them exposure to different parts of the company. Arrange for teammates to shadow each other or individuals from different departments. Invite a teammate to a meeting they haven’t been to before. The increased exposure to the organization will make them feel like a bigger part of the team and give them a greater understanding of its systems and processes.

4. Brainstorm in Team Meetings
Add an item to your team meeting agendas for open discussion. Allow teammates to use this time to share new opportunities, ideas, and discuss possible solutions to challenges. During this time, sit back and let the team work their ideas out themselves. This will be a great opportunity for team members who tend to be quieter and shrink towards the back of the group to voice their thoughts and opinions and engage more with the team.

5. Office Walk Around
Catch your team doing something right early in the day by walking around the office and looking for reasons to recognize. At the beginning of your day before checking email or reviewing your to-do list, take a few minutes to walk around your team’s area. Look for valuable behaviors to recognize, and engage your teammates in conversation about something they’ve done well lately. It could be something as simple as bringing a great attitude to work first thing in the morning or receiving positive feedback from a customer.

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