Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Team Building Exercises? Bah! Humbug!

As the season is soon to be upon us I feel comfortable issuing a "Bah! Humbug!" opinion on the notion of Team Building Exercises.

I find the notion of Team Building Exercises such as Go-Karting, Karaoke, Party Games, Chicken Stuffing, whatever! as pointless. I have always had this sneaking suspicion that they are merely excuses for people to have fun at the company's expense. Bah! Humbug!

Now don't get me wrong! I believe in companies investing in social events for staff - but not disguising them as Team Building Exercises. The success of The Highgate Bar underneath Connextra will atest to this attitude.

I believe these Team Building Events do nothing to build the team when its outside of the context where the team forms to solve a problem. Teams are fluid and task oriented in my Extreme view of the world. They form and dissolve as necessary. Investing time, effort and money in making the environment and place that you actaully want the teams to form and execute is a much better investment. Don't spend your money on Go Karting, get rid of the cubicles and buy a decent kitchen table so people can sit at a table to share lunch with each other instead of sitting at their desks!

4 Comments:

At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:18:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Team building is for people who do not have friends outside of work. It's bad enough having to be locked up in a building for 10 hours a day with people who you cannot stand. But then to go out with them after work.. ahhhhhhhhhhhh

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 9:19:00 am, Blogger John S Nolan said...

I thought I was extreme.

I just say "No" to Team Building - but yes to social events.

Social events should always be optional - I have often smiled wryly when the party invite goes out with the attendance-is-compulsory small print. "You will be sociable!"

I can (and have) worked well with people I never socialised with, nor would they socialise with me!

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:07:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My last team had the option of paintballing or go karts, but I couldn't convince our boss to pay for us to go paintballing in go karts. Some people just pay lipservice to being extreme.

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:12:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't socialise with you either.

 

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