29 April 2019

Why are team-building activities so important?

They say that teamwork makes the dream work – and at the office, where collaboration is essential, this is definitely true. Even more so for smaller teams, where events are easier to organise and a good working relationship is even more vital, as there is no hiding behind your laptop. But team building needn’t be dull or forced. There are plenty of activities that wouldn’t be counted as “organised fun” and would be inclusive of both extroverts and introverts in the office.

Activities such as heading out for lunch with colleagues, going for a day out together or learning something new, such as a dance class, can be a great way to spend time together outside of the office, let go of work-related frustrations and get to know your colleagues on a personal level!

Often, smaller teams are based in shared office space, which can feel like being an island rather than part of a community. This is precisely what Proper Office seeks to avoid, by putting on fun, communal team building activities. Yes, that’s right – your entire office and office neighbours will be invited to attend a new activity, communal gathering or networking put on by Proper Office- much easier than organising on your own, and a wonderful chance to make new friends.

This not only takes the stress out of who should play organiser, but it also gives you an opportunity to get to know new people, befriend your office neighbours and try out new activities.

This month, we organised a Bhangra afternoon, where all of the companies that share our buildings were invited to the dance class, for free. Teams bonded, companies were able to network and an amazing buffet, complete with drinks was put on afterwards.

Companies that attended said afterwards that the opportunity to laugh together and learn something new, outside of their comfort zones meant that they went back to the office renewed and refreshed, with a more positive outlook. This in turn makes employees more productive and happier people.

Finding shared office space that fosters a sense of community and looks after the mental well-being of your team – by hosting such events, having a relaxation room and great communal spaces can be tough, but they do exist! Weplan to put on many more events and want to continue to make our environment a great place to work. If this sounds  like a community you would like to be a part of, give us a shout!

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