Team building activities are becoming increasingly popular with organizations in Singapore. Organizations are paying huge sums of money to consultants to get their staff out of the office to play games with them. Why play games during professional team building activities? Will these team building games ultimately benefit the staff or the company?
People are the most valuable assets of any organisation. People – humans – have been created with the capacity to achieve beyond boundaries, but, the catch is that not everyone comes close to unleashing their latent potential. Why so, you may ask?
Oftentimes, mentoring and support is essential for a person to realise his potential. each individual’s ability to learn and change, and to subsequently put more energy into their work, very much stems from how they feel about themselves. An environment where people feel valued and capable is an environment that fosters growth – and is poised for success.
Any organisation intent on success should be mindful about grooming leaders, nurturing individuals and team building among individuals. Every individual must be empowered with skills that would directly influence their job scope, as well as skills that build camaraderie across job scopes.
In his book ‘Understanding How People Learn’, author David G Reay explains that learning is in fact a natural phenomenon – something which all animals do to a greater or lesser extent, particularly during their maturing period, but also throughout adulthood.
Consciously or unconsciously, we are learning new things all the time, be it superficial – like learning it’s hot today – or profound – like learning what it means to fall in love!
Wanting to learn is a natural state of affairs. knowing how to do something is associated with success; not knowing is associated with failure – and no sane person wants to be a failure.
3· Closely related to doing things – ‘experiential learning’
Learning through theory is an acquired skill but experiential learning is a natural skill. Take the example of a child trying to force objects into a box with cut-outs of different shapes in the quest to understand spatial relationships. The child makes attempts to match shapes until he understands how it works and successfully completes his ‘game’. it is only when you can do something can you actually claim to understand how it is done.
Team building games will help us remember. Studies show that we remember well when enjoying ourselves. In her book ‘The Power of Mindful Learning’, Ellen J Langer encourages introducing learning materials through play. the rationale behind it is that people seek novelty in play and have no difficulty paying attention in those situations, because when something is novel, we notice different things about it. In playing team building games, players look more closely at all aspects of the situation to figure out how to win – to win/overcome is a strong motivating factor.
Moreover, when playing games, people are in a relaxed mode and are therefore less self-conscious and less conscious of past experiences. Defences are also down in an informal setting, assuring low, or little resistance to the intended learning values.
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