Team building is a collective term for various types of activities used to enhance social relations and define roles within teams, often involving collaborative tasks. It is distinct from team training, which is designed to improve the efficiency, rather than interpersonal relations.
Many team-building exercises are intended to expose and address interpersonal problems within the group.
Over time, these activities are intended to improve performance in a team-based environment.Team building is one of the foundations of organizational development that can be applied to groups such as sports teams, school classes, military units or flight crews. The formal definition of team-building includes:
-> Aligning around goals
-> Building effective working relationships
-> Reducing team members’ role ambiguity
-> Finding solutions to team problems
Team building is one of the most widely used group development activities in organizations.
Of all organizational activities, one study found team-development to have the strongest effect for improving organizational performance.Recent meta-analyses show that team development activities, including team building and team training, improve both a team’s objective performance and that team's subjective supervisory ratings.
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