Dec. 4, 2012
-- The advantages of carrying out teambuilding activities within a workforce are well documented, with benefits including improved working relationships, a more cohesive working environment and the ability to work to a teammate’s strengths. But team building exercises can also help businesses with the issue of recruitment. In an age of financial uncertainty with redundancies and job cuts across the country, it is vital for companies to know that they are taking on the correct people for the job. Exercises which challenge the mental skills of all candidates can help businesses to verify that they are employing the right candidate, as well as offering the prospective employee the chance to showcase their skills.
Teambuilding exercises allow people to perform tasks which bring out the skills and abilities that will be best utilised within the workplace. In these situations, certain candidates have the opportunity to stand out and impress in a way they might not be able to in their place of work, or at a job interview. For example, an outdoor team building exercise where all members of a certain team have to negotiate their way across an electric fence using only the tools provided might invoke certain traits within a candidate to come to the fore. In these situations, a leader will often emerge; someone who will listen to all plans of action before impartially deciding which is the best course to take. Those with a creative streak and an aptitude for thinking outside the box might come up with an intuitive use for some of their resources that the other members of the team hadn’t thought of. If resources are limited, there may be a member of the team who effectively sees how they are best distributing them. Perhaps time is of the essence, and there is someone constantly coming up with ways in which they can shorten a lengthy process or carry out the same task in half the time.
These types of traits and skills are vital in an employee and when businesses are looking to recruit, they are often given great consideration by the employer. Team building exercises help to bring out the best in people, and they give job candidates a better chance to show what they are capable of outside of the confines of their CV. The exercises can be carried out in a whole range of ways, with indoor, outdoor and even culinary team building activities all available, each designed with the specific intention of improving skills, as well as allowing a persons’ unique skillset to shine through.
To find out more about Sundial Teamscapes’ range of teambuilding exercises and to devise a recruitment package, visit http://www.sundialteamscapes.com