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Challenge your memory when sending three different movements around in your team. Practice your mutual supportiveness and attention towards each other.

Teambuilding

A fun break in a virtual meeting
Agree on an order before starting the counting.

Before you begin:

  • Form a group of 5-11

    With a number that 3 can add up to – split into two groups

  • Make an order within the group
  • Start the video for instructions

How many

5 – 11 pers.

Equipment

None

Time

10 min.

Intensity

Question for reflection

How did you experience the attention towards each other as collective group? (click for our answer)

Our answer:

In a teambuilding activity like this you practice your interpersonal relations and mutual supportiveness. To make this activity work, you have to constantly be aware of your position in the group. This is only a success if you pay attention to the colleagues next to you. Science states that the feedback you get from your colleagues contributes to the maintenance of consensus within the group and narrows the social distance between its members.

Interested in the science behind teambuilding activities?

– Head of research Rasmus Friis explains

Why do it?

  • Greater interpersonal relations

  • Improved communication and team synergy

  • Increased productivity and problem solving

The science

Teambuilding exercises incorporate one or more of four focuses: goal setting, interpersonal relations, role clarification, or problem-solving. 

Studies have shown that teambuilding exercises are effective for improving affective outcomes (e.g. trust, confidence, cohesion, psychological safety, and collective efficacy) and process outcomes (e.g. coordination, communication, and adaptability). 

The goal setting approach improves the ability to identify, set and achieve individual and team objectives. Teambuilding exercises focusing on interpersonal relations increases teamwork processes and social parameters, such as mutual supportiveness, communication, and the development of team affect. Role clarification improves communication among team members in terms of their respective roles as a part of the team.

The problem-solving approach subsumes aspects of all the above. This type of intervention promotes team synergy through encouraging team members to practice setting goals, developing interpersonal relations, clarifying team roles, and working to improve organizational characteristics through participating in problem-solving tasks.

Take-home message

  • A fundamental principle of team building is that it is a process, not an event. To achieve a lasting effect team building exercises must be a regular part of your working day.
  • Team building has an inherent multifaceted approach, which emphasizes the importance of having a clear focus for implementing the team building exercise.

Bedtime reading if you are a nerd like us

Shuffler, M. L., Diazgranados, D., Maynard, M. T., & Salas, E. (2018). Developing, Sustaining, and Maximizing Team Effectiveness: An Integrative, Dynamic Perspective of Team Development Interventions. The Academy of Management annals, pp. 688-724.

Dyer Gibb Jr., W. (2015). Volume 11. Organizational Behavior: Team Building. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.